Roberts - Taste Enhancing Wineware

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Wake up your taste buds... Become more perceptive and more aware of flavors in your favorite wines.



Texture brings the critical element of touch into the wine-drinking experience. Unlike traditional glassware that concentrates on the grape and the shape, the Roberts Supertaster Series focuses on heightening the perception—and pleasure—of the wine consumer through the sense of touch.

By adding textural elements near the rim of the glasses, Roberts' stemware incorporates lessons learned about glass shape with an understanding of the body’s taste mechanism. Studies show that saliva is needed to process and register flavor. The texture excites neural receptors in the tongue and lips, driving salivary secretions. The result: an awakening of the palate for enhanced taste awareness.

Ann Noble's studies at the University of California Davis, have shown that individuals with higher salivation rates tend to be more perceptive tasters... principally because tannins bind naturally with proteins in saliva. The more saliva present, the greater the tannin/protein interaction. The result is a reduction of tannin’s astringent effects for the taster (Fischer, Boulton and Noble, 1994). When balanced in a wine, tannins confer richness and satisfaction...their integrative properties enhancing soulfulness. When unbalanced, they deliver excessive astringency which can be repulsive - hiding the wine’s charms.

When your lips and tongue move over the Taste Stimulating Textures, touch receptors send a message to the part of the brain that initiates salivation, triggers other senses and enables the taste process. Without touch to drive the saliva needed to begin the digestive process, there is no taste. When coupled with smell, the touch stimuli awaken other sense receptors and as a result the taste process is more acute and deeply more pleasurable.

Well-Proportioned Bowls

The Supertaster Series No. 1 features a bold but elegant silhouette defined by bowls that promote proper wine aeration and release of the specific varietal’s composition.

The design reflects what we know about how glass shape affects wine. Essentially, there are two important aspects of glass shape for the wine drinker to consider: the size of the bowl relative to the type of wine it will hold and the slope of the glass as it nears the rim.

Bowl size determines the amount of surface area available for the wine to naturally aerate. The narrowing of the bowl as it approaches the glass’s rim helps direct and concentrate the wine’s aroma toward the nose. With its simple, clean lines the Supertaster Series offers thoughtfully proportioned glassware shapes. The shape and Taste Stimulating Textures work in harmony in the five glasses, two for red varietals, two for whites and a statuesque flute for sparkling wines.

Sensuous Stems

At Roberts Wineware, we toast the stem.

Wine appreciation is a deeply sensual pursuit. The wine glass and stemware that enables this pursuit must be equally sensual.

Physical objects--be it the human body, a race car, sculpture or yes, a wine glass--display their sensuality best at the point of transition as their shapes evolve and flow, build and recede or simply change.

The stem plays a critical role in the transition of the Roberts wine glass. It holds the key to the glass’s sensuality. The Supertaster Series is specially designed with a stem that emphasizes the tactile feeling in the hand as well as the graceful curve of the glass.

Long live the Stem.

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