Jancis Robinson to launch wine glass ‘in response to an everyday frustration’

At her home in London this evening, Jancis Robinson MW is to officially unveil her own wine glass, which has been created “in response to an everyday frustration”.

The ‘1 Collection’ is the result of a partnership between Jancis and product designer Richard Brendon, created ‘in response to an everyday frustration’

Called the 1 Collection, the latest addition to the world of wine accessories comprises a water glass and two decanters, as well as a single glass that has been designed to offer “the best tasting experience for every wine”, whatever its style or strength.

Speaking about the inspiration for the stemware, the famous critic said that she wanted to find a single glass that would benefit all styles of wine, but had failed to discover such a product.

“I was looking for the perfect wine glass,” she said.

“I love white wine as much as red and have never understood why white wine glasses are routinely smaller than those designed for red wine,” she added.

“White wines can be just as complex, and just as deserving of what you might call aroma enhancement as reds. It just seems so obvious and sensible to have one single wine glass for all three colours of wine – especially when so many of us are short of storage space,” she continued.

She also observed, “On my travels around the world of wine, it has become really noticeable in the last few years that producers of Champagne and other sparkling wines, as well as those making sherry, port and other fortified wines, want their precious liquids to be appreciated in just the same way as table wines.”

However, it wasn’t until she was approached by London-based product designer Richard Brendon that her vision for the perfect wine glass would become a reality.

Brendon had asked Robinson if they could design a range of wine glasses together, but the critic told him “firmly” that she wanted just one ideal wine glass.

The 1 Collection comprises a wine glass, two decanters and a water glass that precisely mirrors the shape of the wine glass

“As someone who wants to make enjoying wine as straightforward and pleasurable as possible, I was insistent on a single glass shape and size,” she recalled.

“So, in detailed consultation with me, and involving many a prototype, we have come up with the 1 Wine Glass, a working complement to wine thanks to my practical input and a work of art thanks to Richard’s perfectionism,” she said.

Robinson also insisted the glass have the strength and dimensions to go in the dishwasher.

And, she made sure that the rim of the wine glass was particularly fine to minimise the amount of glass that comes between the wine and the palate.

As for the other products in the collection, these include a bottle-shaped Old Wine Decanter, which has been crafted to allow users to decant
 off the sediment while limiting the wine’s surface area, minimising the risk of oxidation.

There is also a Young Wine Decanter with plenty 
of space for a young wine to be swirled and aerated, accelerating the maturing process and allowing the favours of a younger vintage to develop and mellow in the decanter. The bowl is also large enough to accommodate 
a magnum.

To complete the collection, there is an accompanying water glass that precisely mirrors the shape of the 1 Wine Glass, meaning that the former could also be used as a stemless wine glass.

You can read more about the range over the following pages. Retail prices in the UK (now revealed) are:

  • Wine glass set of 2, £70
  • Wine glass set of 6, £200
  • Water glass set of 2, £50
  • Water glass set of 6, £150
  • Old wine decanter with stopper, £125
  • Water carafe, £95
  • Young wine decanter, £100

The 1 Collection will be available exclusively at Harrods in the UK from 1 July and Hopson Grace in Canada, Neil Bradford in Australia and to order worldwide from RichardBrendon.com from 2 July.

13 Responses to “Jancis Robinson to launch wine glass ‘in response to an everyday frustration’”

  1. Peter Arnold says:

    What a load of bollocks!!

  2. Charles Crawfurd says:

    Glad she has stipulated it must fit in a dishwsher! Look forward to learning the price!

  3. Patrick Schmitt says:

    Prices now obtained, and added to the story – but they are as follows in the UK:
    Wine glass set of 2, £70
    Wine glass set of 6, £200
    Water glass set of 2, £50
    Water glass set of 6, £150
    Old wine decanter with stopper, £125
    Water carafe, £95
    Young wine decanter, £100

    • Hello Partrick, there are places that are less expensive and sell quality products. At least my experience dealing with Ascot wholesale was good. I think you must give a visit at their online store.

  4. Ces verres fonctionnent-ils avec le champagne ?

  5. Graham Sherwood says:

    Well it was all going so well, after all that Reidel varietal grape wine glass twaddle, finally someone who agrees one glass can do everything.
    However, there is absolutely NO need for two different decanters. JR has certainly shot herself in the foot with these two. The bottle-shaped one
    will do both jobs perfectly. Perhaps there was not enough commercial clout with only one in this small range.

    A further comment on the thoroughly researched shape of the wine glass. I am sure something incredibly similar is already on sale in John Lewis I think.

    • C says:

      JL not so give, by a country mile. Think you’re going to struggle to do better at the price. Totally disagree that the tall decanter is equally suited to wines that want aeration, btw.

    • Completely agree with you. One simple but elegant decanter that is easy to wash. Having battled with my Riedel decanter every time – however beautiful it might be I hate using it, I am going in search. But it won’t be one of these…..

  6. Winer says:

    Is it just me, or is this a blatant rip-off of ANDREA Robinson’s “ONE” glass line?

  7. Alistair says:

    I reckon the stems should be shorter – the glass shape looks great – can’t see the point in a long stem… particularly with the desire to go in a dishwasher!

  8. Benjamin says:

    Gabriel Glas did something like this ages ago, and I’m sure there were other before that too.
    I’ve had a couple of Gabriel’s for a few years and use them for everything, including a few cocktails (Negronis and alike).

  9. I I like drink Business keep me updated on you development

  10. Good for her! I like the designs a lot. I assume they would be more for home use though, I wouldn’t imagine they would be very durable within the hospitality trade. Or perhaps I am wrong. Might have to get some.

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