Sipping Away with Elegance and Purpose

Riedel Ouverture Pink Toasting Flutes

Mother’s Day is right around the corner everyone.  With that being said, what am I going to get my mother this time?  I think I have pretty well exhausted the flowers, beautifully decorated cards that say just the right thing, candy, inexpensive jewelry (love you mom, but we’re on a budget) and an eventful dinner with the rest of the family.  This year, I wanted to try something different for my mom; something that she truly would not expect to get from me.  No, it isn’t a Lamborghini but something just as good.  Pink fluted wine glasses with a nice, refreshing bottle of Ruffino Lumina Pinot Grigio.  Now that’s a gift!  The question now is, where do I buy such a gift. Maybe a manufacturer will want me to test one of their products.

Riedel, the makers of superb wine ware from Austria, heard my plea and asked if I wanted to sample a bottle of Ruffino Lumina Pinot Grigio with a pair of the Pink fluted wine glasses — how’s that for a coincidence?   Okay, not a coincidence, they must have read my diary.  Why pink?  Riedel decided that they wanted to donate 15% of the proceeds from the sale of these Pink Flutes to different cancer charities, Living beyond cancer (USA) and the Princess Margaret Foundation (Canada).  What a wonderful thing to do from this company in hopes of finding a cure for this horrible disease!  Thank you Riedel.

And thank you Riedel for these beautiful glasses and wine!  The pink flutes were wonderful in design, creating a delicate balance between the wine and the glass.  These glasses had been  hand blown in Austria (something we don’t see too much of these days in the USA), do not contain any lead and are almost transparent in their appearance.  The stem is elongated and it tapers into the pink colored base creating its own sense of elegance.  Holding up the glasses to a dim light, I imagined what it must have been like to make the pink flutes as they were so stunning   Absolutely perfect! 

Now for the wine.  The wine was made from the Pinot Grigio grape that was grown in western part of Italy.  The wine had a very refreshing taste; clean, crisp, and warming with a definite aroma from the grape.  The name of the wine,  Lumina, which means ‘illumination of the moon’ is a fitting description of it  as it was very ‘illuminating’; quite  uplifting, invigorating and my palate wanting more. 

Seeing how beautiful the Pink Fluted glasses were and  having a great tasting wine to pour into them, I decided at that point that I would give my mom the glasses with the wine as a Mother’s Day gift.  Something out of the ordinary and not the traditional candy or flowers, but something she would remember because of its elegance.  Befitting for a queen!  I know I will earn points with this gift!

Presently, the pink flutes are out of stock but will be filled soon.  They sell for $24.50 and can be ordered from their website at :   And, the Pinot Grigio sells for only $10! Check out their website for a listing of their glassware for sale.  Enjoy!

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