We’re always looking for new adventures when it comes to wine regions and based upon an online story about the Texas Hill Country wine region, we’ve added the Lone Star State as to our list of “must-trys”.
According to author Kevin Gray in his recent Inside Hook story, “….most of the region’s grape varietals today hail from France, Italy and Spain, with popular wines including Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvèdre and Viognier.” Add to that a growing list of wineries, some great food and an outstanding music scene – we are ready to head out on a new wine adventure.
If you’re ready to add to your wine adventures, you might want to take a look at our newest collection of wine glassware collection that we call STARlight.
STARlight offers a new dimension: machine glass that blurs the line to mouth-blown glass. The gracefully slender stem and the delicately thin-walled goblet were previously reserved for glasses made by hand. STARlight, born at the intersection of balance and functionality feels good in the hand and even better to enjoy wine from. Our many years of experience went into every aspect of creating our new STARlight Collection.
The result: The stem has a diameter that is about ten percent smaller than that of conventional machine-made glasses and the goblet also has a noticeably thinner wall thickness. In this way the STARlight series combines lightness with extraordinary elegance. We love STARlight because it makes even "average" wines taste way better than they should.
All this adds up to an improved wine-drinking experience all the way around. So, the next time you’re looking to expand your wine horizons and don’t quite have time to head down Texas way, find your way to our new STARlight Collection of wine glasses. We think you will be glad you did.
More smiles on more faces.
Here's a link to Kevin Gray's story on the Texas Hill Country wine area: https://www.insidehook.com/article/food-drink-texas/texas-hill-country-winerieswww.insidehook.com/article/food-drink-texas/texas-hill-country-wineries
Our STARlight stem glass series: Never before has machine-made glass been produced so close to mouth-blown glass with a gracefully slim stem and a gentle thin-walled bowl. The special feature of this series is the fineness of the glass. Nevertheless, they are extremely resistant to breakage.
More smiles on more faces.
It's true that our new STARlight collection of wine glasses looks beautiful and feels great in your hand as you hold it. And, yes, it's also true that the overall bowl design of STARlight is made to make your favorite wines taste even better.
But, we also want you to know that this high-performance collection also has durability as a strong part of its product DNA. So, one more reason to consider STARlight as you wine glass of choice!
We love a great story – especially when it includes us and one of our hottest new products - our STARlight collection of wine glasses! In their latest issue, Tableware International magazine published a great profile and interview with our Export Manager Jan Zschiesche.
“Stölzle Lausitz wanted to take a further step into a new dimension of producing pulled stems. The aim was machine-made glass that comes very close to mouthblown glass,” says Jan, talking about the STARlight collection – a series notable for its remarkable thinness, despite being machine-made.
“The stem has a diameter that is about ten percent smaller than that of conventional machine-made glasses,” Jan reveals. “And the goblet also has a noticeably thinner wall thickness compared to other glasses from machine production. In this way the STARlight series combines lightness with extraordinary elegance. They are perfect for high-end gastronomy, 5-star hotels and, of course, luxury wines.”
STARlight touches all the bases of performance, approachability, design and, of course, functionality.
Simply put – all this adds up to more wine enjoyment!
While we are already very proud of our newest star – the STARlight Collection wine glass series – we know we have only just begun with this new and exciting series. For those who love wine like we do, STARlight is a perfect option to help you enjoy your favorite wine.
To read more of what Jan has to say about our new STARlight Collection, here’s a link to the Tableware International article:
Not so long ago, Forbes published an article on what exactly defines a “luxury” wine. The article went into attributes such pricing, quality and heritage. They even mentioned that the farming practices involved in the growing of the grapes could play a role in determining whether a wine is “luxury” or not. The article goes on to say "Luxury defies precise definition since it changes with time."
One thing that does not defy description and that we are absolutely certain of, however, is that for wines that you consider to be luxury, our new STARlight Collection is the perfect choice. With STARlight you can maximize your enjoyment and appreciation of your own luxury wine no matter the price, the heritage - or how the grapes are grown.
With our STARlight, a special feature of this new series is the thickness - specifically the fineness of the glass. For example, the stem has a diameter that is about ten percent smaller than that of conventional machine-made glasses. And the goblet also has a noticeably thinner wall thickness compared to other glasses from machine production. In this way the STARlight series combines lightness with extraordinary elegance. They are perfect for high-end gastronomy, 5-star hotels and – of course – luxury wines.
New STARlight exudes elegance and exclusivity with a high degree of functionality. They also include the usual features of Stölzle glasses being dishwasher safe with a high breakage resistance making them ideal for both professional and home dining.
So, no matter what you consider to be your luxury wine, you can always be assured a luxury wine experience with our new STARlight Collection wine glasses.
Link to Forbes article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/lmowery/2019/10/22/what-is-luxury-wine/#3c3064b53bc3
Stolzle Glassware for Consumers: As The Retail Landscape Changes, We Are Ready to Continue to Lead The Way Back
By Mark Roland, Vice President Sales – Retail & Consumer
As we start to come out of the coronavirus pandemic, we are emerging back into a different retail landscape here in America and around the world. For sure, restaurants have been disrupted, but right alongside them are America’s retailers. Our estimation is that the brick and mortar retailers will shrink by 25% or so in terms of numbers of locations.
And, with consumers currently leery of going back into retail shops, that number could grow as we begin to see that many cannot survive the time it takes for the full recovery to happen. So, we are definitely looking at a shrinking overall marketplace.
That said, we’ve seen a strong uptick in online shopping. Retailers and catalog houses are skyrocketing upwards in terms of where consumers have gone to buy their glassware. And, of course, as that business model changes it puts different pressures on us in terms of warehousing, logistics and even how we tell the Stolzle story.
That’s the great thing about being the actual manufacturer versus an importer or someone is simply sourcing glassware from a factory somewhere in the world. Stolzle can continue to adjust and ensure that the consumer continues to get a great customer experience whether they shop in a gourmet or kitchen store or they buy their Stolzle glassware online.
Today, Stolzle still has its roots in the small, independent retailers and gourmet & kitchen stores. However, with the growth of online shopping we have been able to expand the assortment that we offer to today’s consumer. Manufacturing in Germany and warehousing here in America allows us to expand and increase our inventories, making sure that our consumer customers get exactly the product they want – when they want it. Providing world-class customer service has always been a top priority for Stolzle.
The Stolzle brand throughout the years has been always associated with quality and trust. Stolzle glassware is used by some of the finest restaurants and hotels around the world and is always in demand from top wine sommeliers. And that same quality that is demanded on the professional side is readily available to our consumer customers. And our quality is not just in our top-end products like our Quatrophil collection, quality and performance is crafted into every product that Stolzle makes no matter the price point.
A great example of that quality and attention to detail is the new, proprietary “pulled stem” technology that our factory has developed. Now, many of our machine-made wine glasses, like our STARlight stemware collection, that has a thinner, more elegant - and more durable – stem. The new STARlight stemware collection is classic at first sight, but trend setting at first touch. The special feature of the new series is the thickness - specifically the fineness of the glass. For example, the stem has a diameter that is about ten percent smaller than that of conventional machine-made glasses. And the goblet also has a noticeably thinner wall thickness compared to other glasses from machine production. In this way the STARlight series combines lightness with extraordinary elegance.
All of these attributes give our new STARlight a look and feel that reminds users of mouth-blown crystal that would cost several times the price of a machine made product. This collection is another great example of Stolzle’s innovation, skill and knowledge at the factory level provides customers of all types with a much-improved, better performing overall product.
So, in addition to reliability of supply and great overall customer service, Stolzle being a true manufacturer allows it to continue to innovate, always with the intent of improving the product – and the beverage experience for the user.
So, there’s little doubt about the fact that with the global pandemic the landscape in the retail and consumer business has changed.
Here at Stolzle USA, we look ahead to the very busy holiday buying season. We are prepared to work with our partners and are ready to continue to lead, bringing great high-performance glassware to America’s consumers.
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