by Ian Froeb
Gut Check has always scoffed at those dedicated oenophiles who buy stemware that has been designed for one or two specific kinds of wine, like this Riedel beaut for Burgundy -- or, pardon us, for Burgundy grand cru -- which will set you back a cool $125 each.
Can this "beautiful monster" truly "take apart a lesser wine, mercilessly showing up its weaknesses" while its "slightly flared top lip maximises the fruit flavours by directing a precise flow onto the front palate"?
Who cares? When it comes to wine, we say mind over matter, and the only stemware we need puts us in the frame of mind for a ripping good time, whether our tipple of choice is grand cru Burgundy poured from a crystal decanter or the bottle of Thunderbird we keep tucked inside our pervy trenchcoat:
Which is why we found this news from the FDA so devastating.
Enesco, which makes our beloved goblet, has issued a voluntary recall because the goblet -- and we're quoting from the FDA press release here -- "may exceed the Food and Drug Administration's ("FDA") guidance levels for leachable lead and cadmium."
Excessive lead! And we thought we'd earned back some oenophile cred by describing the hint of pencil shavings on the finish.
Then again, the fact that we detected pencil shavings on the finish of every single wine we drank maybe should have been a clue.
These goblets were sold in both Missouri and Illinois. No illnesses have been reported, save for our broken hearts.