And in that regard, it is important to clean your glassware properly! When cleaning my decanters, I only rinse them out with hot water or use a little bit of soap. I then make sure to rinse out the decanter with very hot water and refill and rinse six to seven times to ensure there is no soapy residue. About every 8th to 10th time I clean the decanter, I use a Polident capsule ('Yes,' the denture cleaner!) to remove any slight build-up of red wine film. However, the Polident capsule will leave a minty taste to it which could effect the taste of the next bottle decanted unless you make sure the decanter is perfectly cleaned. Therefore, after using the Polident to remove any film build-up, I wash out the decanter as usual with soap and rinsing it out six or seven times, and then I repeat the process in its entirety again.
I never put my Riedel glasses in the dishwasher as I have a concern that the dishwasher may break or in some way damage them. I know there are newer, nicer dishwashers in the Miele line that are Riedel-safe and that is great! I plan on buying one when I move into our own apartment unit. In my current rental unit, I wash my Riedel glasses by hand. I have been careful to wash the wine glasses first before using the washing implements to wash other dishes as the washing implements may contain more food particles or greasy or oily residue. However, I was not as careful and forgotten to do this with my drying towels!
Yesterday, I had used a Riedel Vinum Shiraz glass to enjoy a most magnificent bottle of the 1998 Tyrrell's Vat 9 Shiraz to go with some great spaghetti my wife made. I had about a third of the bottle left that I finished off today while writing and doing other work at my computer. However, when I pulled the glass I cleaned yesterday out of the pantry, I sniffed it and it had an slight odor. I compared it to other glasses I cleaned previously, which were odor-free.
But the glass I used and cleaned yesterday definitely had an odor inside the glass when I put my nose to it. I tried to think what had happened and why it had a slight odor. I often clean and rinse my wine glasses and turn them upside down to dry. However, I make sure to turn them right-side-up quickly so as to not trap any odor in the globe. Then I dry them with a drying towel.
The problem was that my drying towel was over-used from having cleaned dishes the last few days and had built up some food odors on the towel. Therefore, when drying the Riedel glass, I transferred some of the food odors to the glass causing it to smell. I always sniff an empty glass before use and you should too. While rare, this was one time where I had failed to clean and dry the glass properly and it could have caused my otherwise great glass of 1998 Tyrrell's Vat 9 Shiraz to be less than perfect due to the odor in the glass.
Make sure your wine glasses are:
- Cleaned properly;
- Dried properly; and
- Stored properly