The aroma of wine is a big part of wine-tasting. Wine connoisseurs always smell the wine as part of their evaluation. Now, thanks to the new Wine Mask Glass that’s designed to fit your face, the aroma and the taste of the wine will be truly combined into a single tasting experience.
The rim of the glass is designed to fit over your nose while you’re drinking. Small vents on the side of the glass admit air, which is key to allowing the wine to breathe and activate its aroma. The area above the fluid level in the glass acts as a mixing chamber for the air and the wine. The vented enclosure allows the wine vapors to leave the fluid surface faster, which improves the wine-tasting experience.
The design of the glass is based on data about the shape of the human face, and the designers suggest that the glass has a “universal” fit. The problem? The glass isn’t in production yet. The designers are hoping to collect enough cash to get the project off the ground, but with a $78,000 goal, and less than $3,000 pledged, the designers may need to find a different way to bring this glass to market.
The Wine Mask Glass is the latest in a long history of vessels designed to increase the enjoyment of drinking wine. The earliest known wine glasses hit the scene in modern day Briton the Pleistocene Age – a long period of pre-history which ended about 12,000 years ago. In time, the Britons learned about metal alloys. Wine glasses – more correctly tankards – were made from both metals and bronze. During the Roman Empire, wine glasses were made from both ordinary materials – like pottery – and more exotic metals, including gold, silver and lead. By the time William the Conqueror arrived on the scene, wine glasses were typically made from glass.
If the Kickstarter campaign doesn’t go well, wine tasters will have to settle for the ISO standard wine tasting glass. (Yes, that’s true.) Different wines have different “standard” glasses. The glasses are made from clear crystal and have a tapered shape to assist with releasing the aroma from the wine.
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