Roberts - Taste Enhancing Wineware

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"Soon, any wine glass that does not have this technology will be like black and white TV compared to this High-Def experience..." - Vineyard owner, Napa CA

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes the Supertaster wine glasses different?

Supertaster wine glasses have Taste Stimulating Textures  (TST) on the outer glass near the rim which provoke the neural receptors on the tongue, encourage saliva flow and alerts our bodies to register pleasurable sensations associated with taste and flavor recognition.

The TSTs are designed to match grape varieties Textural Signatures so that the body’s preparation does not overwhelm the wine’s complexity or structure. That is, delicate textures for delicate wines, moderate textures for moderately textured wines and rich textures for heavier, more tannic wines or those with lots of personality.

The textures on the wine glasses work with traditional olfactory stimulation to enhance the drinker's capacity to register flavor and distinguish a wine's attributes. Together, touch and smell demand a more rigorous cognitive response from our body’s taste mechanism than either of these senses alone…providing exceptional sensory enhancement for all wine Drinkers.

Which Supertaster wine glass should I choose?

Choosing a wine glass is deeply personal and eminently simple. At Roberts Wineware, we simply say 'choose you'. That is, choose the glass that is best for your favorite wine. Whether you like big, full bodied red wines or lighter floral whites, the Supertaster series of glasses are designed to compliment your favorite wine and strengthen your sensory response to the wine experience. Choose you.

How do I use the Supertaster wine glass properly?

If you are using the Supertaster glass for the first time, after your first sip, bring the wine glass to your nose and breathe in deeply. At the same time, gently move the tip of your tongue across the Taste Stimulating Textures for 3-5 seconds while keeping the glass to your nose and breathing in.

After that process, take your second sip. You will find your palate is much more prepared to register the wines qualities.



The Supertaster wine glass is well balanced and has silhouettes that complement the aeration needs of your favorite varietal wines. Simply pour your favorite wine and enjoy.


While preparing to taste your favorite wine, sample the wine’s aromas by bringing the wine glass to your nose and breathe in deeply. Additionally, gently move the tip of your tongue across the Taste Stimulating Textures. Sip wine and repeat as desired.


The Supertaster wine glass provides awakening stimulation to your taste mechanism. It increases your sensitivity to discern and register wine flavors and structures when your sensory receptors for smell and touch stop performing at their optimal levels.

Over time you will find that your lips also develop an awareness of the wine glasses textures, providing ongoing stimulatory support to your taste mechanism, which you can of course, reinforce with stimulation directly to the tongue.

Tell me more about the sense of Touch and the taste process with Roberts wine glasses and stemware?


Touch is the first sense and as such, our first teacher. Each tactile sensation gives us some fundamental understanding of the world around us - good and bad.

Touch is the most cherished and urgent of our senses. Whereas other sensory perceptions such as Sight and Smell can be experienced from a distance, Touch cannot. It can only be experienced with a commitment to intimacy.

Touch is the source and conduit for some our most pleasurable sensations and is a critical contributor to the growing library of experiences that we rely upon to shape our perceptive knowledge base.

Touch itself is a language of human understanding and works with other senses to enhance our perceptive experiences.

Touch receptors on the tongue and lips help initiate the taste process, enabling and strengthening our capacity to perceive flavors. And like other pleasure receptors in our bodies, their capacity and sensitivity can be refined and improved to help us perceive more subtle sensations.

Our taste mechanism’s response to touch stimuli has led the American Dietetic Association to say: "Adding textures to your food increases perception of flavors in the food."

"Without Touch there is no Taste..."

Doesn't the shape of the wine glass matter more than impact of texture on taste?

The Shape of the wine glass certainly matters in ones perception of wine. But it is only part of the story.

The glass’ shape matters for two reasons. First, glass shape affects the speed to which the wine naturally aerates and evolves in the glass. Second, it’s important for its ability to amass, concentrate and direct wine’s aromatic vapors towards the drinker.

As such, the ideal wine glass shape is a pear - round at the bottom while narrowing towards the top.

Shape principally affects the olfactory perception of the wine as it evolves in the glass. That is, glass shape drives the smell of the wine in the glass.

But Taste perception is not merely a function of smell. Instead, Taste perception (flavor recognition) is a combination of both Smell and Touch. That is,

Smell + Touch = Taste perception

In order for our bodies to recognize the flavors the wines that we smell, the wine must touch our tongues, where its components and qualities - texture, acidity, sweetness, alcohol, fruit, spices, tannins, dryness, earthiness, etc. - are recognized.

The Supertaster wine glass’ primary focus is to address Touch - this previously ignored segment of the Taste perception equation in traditional glassware.

The glass enhances the body’s preparedness to register the Taste of wine. Its Taste Stimulating Textures heightens taste awareness - propelling neural receptors on the tongue to be much more attentive to and perceptive of wine’s touch. The result is that WE become much more attentive to and perceptive of wine’s taste.

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