It’s true that many of our wine glass collections are award-winning. But we also love it when our barware receives recognition as best in class, as well. So, we are thrilled to have our New York Barware as a winner of the 2021 Tableware International Awards of Excellence in the Barware category. and was formally announced on last week.
With more than 175 entries this year from the world’s leading brands we are incredibly proud that the international judging panel has chosen Stolzle as the winners for the Barware category.
Stolzle Export Manager Jan Zschiesche commented on the award, “We always proud when our products are recognized as glassware is category filled with so many excellent companies. Having our New York Collection chosen for this year’s Tableware International Awards of Excellence is a special honor for two reasons. First, this award is in the Barware category, a category that so many people are now discovering Stolzle’s skill and expertise. Secondly, Our Manhattan and Club designs within the New York Barware series also showcases the great decoration range and capabilities of Stolzle’s factory artisans.”
Today, Stölzle Lausitz GmbH has maintained its independence, even within the company Group Stölzle-Oberglas AG. For more than 130 years, Stolzle has been developing new products and processes independently at its factory in Weißwasser, Germany. Today, Stolzle is one of the biggest producers of glassware in Germany.
The Tableware International Awards of Excellence features 15 different categories and a Lifetime Award winner each year. The categories range from dinnerware to coffee and tea ware, from barware to hospitality glassware, to innovative dinnerware and more. Judges for the awards include designers, retailers, hospitality professionals, and category experts from all corners of the globe.
While its true that the creative talents of the Prestige Spirits Group of our sister company, Stoelzle Glass Group, may inspire your spirits, it also inspires our team at Stoelzle Lausitz to keep our glassware development in top form, as well.
After all, our Stoelzle Glass Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-end bottles for premium spirits and liquors. Stoelzle also has great expertise in both custom design and standard glass containers. It is through their Innovation Team, which consists of designers working closely with the clients, taking their beautiful concepts and producing outstanding products. Great creative ideas, executed flawlessly, producing an exclusive touch of luxury which can be added to all products in decoration.
So proud of the inspiration our sister company brings to so many.
Speaking of new products, here's even more fun on its way from our factory artisans in Weiswasser, Germany!
Not only does our product creation team have its finger on the pulse in glass making, but their touch is also on the pulse in glass decoration, as well. This is demonstrated by the two modern cuts 'Club' and 'Manhattan', which are now available for the cosmopolitan-inspired NEW YORK BAR range.
The design language of this brand new collection focuses on elegant understatement in combination with high-quality crystal glasses to create a sophisticated bar atmosphere reminiscent of New York City’s buzzing nightlife. The decorative 'Manhattan' cut picks up on the up-and-coming straight lines of the district of the same name, while 'Club', a diagonal cut, gives the glasses a stimulating dynamic.
We absolutely love how our factory has created the matt finish that has been carefully executed and the lines capture the attention of those drinking from the glasses, while the clear crystal glass casually corresponds with the opaque cut.
And - depending on the beverage in the glass and the color of the drink, the light is playfully refracted along the individual lines, creating one more unique point of difference – all transporting the guest back to a more romantic and refined place in time.
While they're not quite here in America just yet – definitely have your friendly bartender be on the lookout for the new Club and Manhattan cut glassware from our NEW YORK BAR Collection!
More smiles on more faces.
The Las Vegas Global Wine & Spirits Awards are to be held once again later this year with the wine competition to be held in August and the spirits competition to be held in September. Stolzle, along with our hospitality distribution partner RAK USA, is both proud and excited to once again be supporting the Las Vegas Global Wine & Spirits Awards. Recently, we had the opportunity to chat with Founder/Executive Director Eddie Rivkin to discuss the award programs and how they came into being - and, how he managed to continue to hold them despite the COVID pandemic. Here's what he had to say:
The goal of the awards is to become the pre-eminent, most credible source for evaluating scoring and awarding medals to wines and spirits in the world. Additionally, because of success in the Las Vegas Global Wine and Spirit Awards, our goal is to help brands gain access (distribution) in the highly competitive Las Vegas market. That success will lead to increased sales and visibility not only here in Las Vegas, but nationally and globally because of the exposure to the 50 million plus visitors annually.
Subsequently the value of winning a medal in the competition is highly respected and valuable in the industry and can be leveraged multiple ways both in B2B and B2C arenas. As Founder and Executive Director, I lean heavily on my two Chairman of the Judges Panels to continually add highly qualified judges every year. Between them, Tim McDonald (Wine) and Steve Beal (Spirits), they have over 90 years industry experience and have judged hundreds of competitions around the world. Their circles of influence and professional relationships are ever expanding and provide a constant flow of highly qualified judges for the Las Vegas Global Wine and Spirit Awards.
Q: How are the entries – whether they be in the wine category or the spirits category – judged.
ER: The judging process, itself, is conducted as a 100% double blind tasting process from the early rounds all the way through the sweepstakes rounds. As each entry is received, it is catalogued in our system and put into its most appropriate sub-category.
During the preliminary rounds of the competition, all the wines and spirits in their respective and specific sub-categories are sampled together as flights, carefully evaluated from appearance to smell, color to finish, and scored by panels of our judges in flights of like categories.
Important to note is that the entries are judged individually, on their own merits, NOT against each other. Then, scores for each spirit are tallied. The few entries that have the distinguished honor of being scored the highest by the panels in the preliminary rounds move on to our sweepstakes round.
On the final afternoon of the competition, those exceptional entries are all re-tasted by the entire panel of judges who then vote and award the most highly sought after “Best Of” Category and Show Awards.
Q: Last year, during the pandemic, you had to adjust your events to maintain safety protocols, yet you were still able to maintain the high level of quality of the overall competition. What changes did you have to make and will many of those changes remain for the 2021 competition?
ER: The 2020 competitions certainly presented an entirely new and different set of challenges when it came to setting up the comfort and safety for the judges and volunteers.
In addition to the requirements set forth by the State of Nevada, Clark County and the City of Las Vegas, I added a significant number of additional health and safety protocols beginning with temperature checks for everyone upon arrival to the competition area and upon returning from any off-premise activity.
Some of the other protocols included volunteers that interacted with the judges always wore face shields masks and gloves and changed gloves after every evolution with the judges. Prep area volunteers changed gloves after every evolution. Judges were provided with both face shields and masks for their comfort and safety and were distanced more than the mandated six feet.
The key takeaway from all the additional protocols implemented for the 2020 Las Vegas Global Wine and Spirit Awards that none of the judges or volunteers ever conveyed to me any concern for their safety during the three days of the competition and no positive tests occurred because of doing the competition in person.
Second, the visual appearance of the Stolzle glassware is just stunning. I know, most people will say a wine glass is a wine glass. But for me as a competition owner, and someone who must be keen on how things will look when photographed, the Stolzle glassware exceeds expectation.
Our post show publicity has worldwide reach and the glassware must look the part. The nosing glass we selected for the Las Vegas Global Spirit Awards is so incredibly elegant and unlike anything used in any other competition around the world.
In the world of wine and spirit competitions where even the smallest details matter significantly, having the highest quality glassware from Stolzle makes a huge difference.
Q: What are the dates of this year’s competition and how can people find out more information about the Las Vegas Global Wine & Spirits Awards?
ER: Here are the dates and individual websites for each event:
The 2021 Las Vegas Global Wine Awards will take place August 9 – 11.
Information can be found at www.VegasWineAwards.com
The 2021 Las Vegas Global Spirit Awards will take place September 13 -15.
Information can be found at www.VegasSpiritAwards.com
Not quite available in the U.S. just yet - after all, the very best things take time - our newest cocktail glasses, SWING and TWIST are headed to a cocktail near you soon.
Inspired by the exuberance of the 1920s, SWING and TWIST – are our modern interpretation of the classic Champagne Saucers. The cubic shape of the goblet gently merges with the high, filigree pulled stem – a technique that our talented factory artisans are specialized in. Thanks to this technical skill, the Champagne Saucers have neither a joint between stem and bowl nor seam lines, with characteristics similar to handmade glasses. They give a very sensual feeling, lie very pleasant in the hand and have a high breakage resistance.
Thus, the large SWING and the smaller TWIST captivate with their delicacy and elegance, which stands in charming contrast to the voluminous opulence of the bowls. Made of lead free crystal glass, the Champagne Saucers also impress with a thin rim. Not only sparkling wine or champagne, but also cocktails are shown off to their best advantage in SWING and TWIST. As is customary for all our glasses, SWING and TWIST have a certificated dishwasher resistance and an ideal price/quality ratio.
Now, with America opening up its restaurants and bars, you have even more to look forward to. Our new SWING and TWIST - coming to a cocktail near you soon.
This time Jay's pick is just a little bit unusual, so you'll definitely want to hear what Jay has to say on this one!
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