I was going to begin this column by saying that, after today, I’d swear never, ever to write about the Eisch Sensisplus wineglasses again. But since I’m convinced that would be foolhardy as it’s likely to be a hollow promise, I’m not going to go there.
So here’s the story: Just as I finished last week’s column, and sat back with a contented sigh, I thought to myself, "Oh geez!"
I had a couple of extra stories to tell about the Eisch (formerly Breathable) wineglasses, and I not only forgot to tell them in that previous Vine Lines instalment, I wouldn’t have had room for them even if I HAD remembered.
So I’m trotting out these tales for your information and (hopefully) enjoyment, because they underlined to me just how much of an impact these glasses have had on those who’ve invested in them.
And to reiterate, I’m not on the Eisch payroll. I don’t get kickbacks of any kind from the company. I’m not a flack for Eisch, nor have I ever been in touch with them.
I’m simply amazed by these glasses, and I can’t stop talking about them.
Neither, apparently, can others who have come under the spell of these astonishing little gems. And that’s what I’m about to relate here.
For those who aren’t familiar, a quick recap: Eisch Sensisplus glasses, in two to four minutes, claim to aerate wine to the same degree it would take two hours of decanting to accomplish. Sounds ridiculous, I know, but they do. They REALLY do.
While whatever makes that happen is a closely-guarded secret (and the magical qualities of the glasses never wear out), industry speculation is that the Eisch Sensisplus glass contains microscopic pores or pockets that allow more wine to be exposed to more air, hence the rapid blossoming, as it were, of the beverage.
I don’t know if that’s true or not. All I know is that they work.
I was at Canadian Tire with my husband one afternoon this summer, and one of the clerks approached me, having obviously recognized me from the photo that accompanies this column. She couldn’t wait to tell me how incredible the Eisch glasses were — she keeps them strictly for herself and her friend — her husband isn’t allowed to touch them!
That’s when my hubby spoke up and said he was all too familiar with THAT scenario. But I cried foul, because I’ve never prevented him from using them — he’s OPTED not to. I followed that by reminding him that he’d broken two and I’d broken three, so I really was the bigger culprit in the depletion of our Eisch resources.
But I was really pleased this woman had taken the time to let me know she’d read about the glasses in Vine Lines and had been moved to purchase some AND that she thought they were as fabulous as I did — and do.
Fast forward a couple of months — this time, I’m in The Little Shoppe, and I just can’t prevent myself from gravitating toward the shelves where I know the Eisch glasses are displayed. I started eying up the all-purpose Sensisplus tumblers, because I’ve had so much difficulty keeping the stemware intact. Perhaps my husband and I are just klutzy, but as I much as I love the wineglasses, I think the stems are much too fine. As I mentioned last week, in three of the five we broke, the stem snapped off just below the bowl. However, I’ve spoken to many of our friends who also own Eisch glasses, and nobody else has had the same problem.
Anyway, back to the friendly Little Shoppe clerk. She said she’d bought the Eisch tumblers and that not only was her wine improved, but her daily portion of (I think it was pomegranate) juice was as well!
She said something to the effect of, "I know this sounds crazy, but it was just better, fuller, fruitier. I had my husband try it and he agreed!"
And really, it makes sense. Wine is just fruit juice, some of which has been converted to alcohol. So the fact that other fruit juices might be improved — perhaps just brought closer to the perfect stage of ripeness — isn’t outside the realm of possibility. (Nor is her additional assertion that the Eisch glasses work wonders on homemade wine as well.)
So I took a closer look at the tumbler label. "All purpose," it read, and suggested the glasses could be used for wine AND whiskey and other things as well.
"Hmm," I thought. "Whiskey, huh?"
I had an idea. I trundled home and pulled out my two remaining Eisch wineglasses. I’d bought some run-of-the-mill Scotch just to have on hand because I have family members who like it. And I decided to see if indeed the Eisch could work its magic on hard liquors as well as wine. I poured a small bit into a regular glass, then did the same with the Eisch. The results were, happily, as I expected. Just like the wine, the Scotch in the Eisch glass was better. Fuller, rounder, elevated.
So. Enough already. I’ll try to make this my last reference to the Eisch glasses for at least awhile. But of course, Christmas is just around the corner. And the Eisch glasses make wonderful firstname.lastname@example.org sat tab hed:Wine Time@15.6.2 sat tab turn cont:And now for a bit of shameless self-promotion:
I was beyond delighted when MLCC Product Ambassador Kathy Boultbee and I were asked to team up this fall to present a couple of wine-tasting sessions through Assiniboine Community College's department of Continuing Studies. Boultbee possesses one of the best palates in the province, and while I’ve been fortunate enough to learn about wine from a lot of impressive people, there’s no question Boultbee has been my mentor for the greatest portion of my wine journey. So working with her will be educative and fun, because she’s always both!
Although we generally agree on most things wine, our first session will pit our personal passions squarely against each other. Old World vs. New World Wines, with Boultbee in the Old World corner and me in the New, promises to offer some surprises for the wine enthusiasts in the crowd, and likely for me as well!
We’ll be tasting 10 wines, the cost is $35 per person, and things get underway at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts (MICA) in ACC’s North Hill Campus. To register online, go to assiniboine.net/continuingstudies or call 204-725-8725. We hope to see you there!
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 15, 2012