Zalto is the ultimate vinous enhancement. Austrian masterpieces which combine stunning design with aromatic amplification and palate delivery the likes of which have never been seen before. They may not yet be the most famous name in glassware, but quite simply, they could be the best wine glasses you have ever used.
The range, known as ‘Denk Art’ takes its name from Father Denk, an Austrian priest who worked on creating shapes with a local glass blower that maximise flavour. The Zalto company then set about making them into such fine and sophisticated vessels.
Wide bases, straight sides, ultra-thin stems; with perfect balance in the hand and such fine construction, you may worry that you’re going to break them just by drinking from them. BUT fear not… they are mouth blown and cooled very slowly making them significantly tougher than their rivals.
Most important, is the way in which they transmit the flavour of the wine. Unparalleled aromatics in the glass mean the wine opens like never before; and thanks to the ultra-thin walls, the delivery of wine into the mouth is totally unimpeded – the only way to describe it is that it seems the wine just moves from the glass to the mouth with no noticeable sense of the glass itself. It’s as if the glass disappears.
Washing by hand, when not in a hurry and certainly when clear headed, will always maximise and prolong the structure and clarity of your glass. After drinking, give the glasses a quick rinse to limit the colour leaching into the glass and return to them the next morning.
Never twist the bowl and stem in opposite directions (like a barman polishing glasses). Cup the bowl as though it were a traditional brandy balloon and use the other hand to clean. A toothbrush is useful to scrub away surface wine stains in the bottom of the bowl above the stem join.
The vast majority of wine glasses, from any manufacturer, could be dishwashed. Suitability is as much to do with the way that the machine is maintained and used, as it is to do with the quality of the glasses. Always use the quickest setting. ECO is usually the longest setting. Try to wash the glass without putting plates and cutlery in the machine. Do a dedicated glass wash, with the lower rack empty. If necessary, polish the glasses without twisting, as above.