Schott Zwiesel Tritan – Crystal on Steroids


Okay, admittedly that’s an exaggeration, but Schott Zwiesel has pretty much set the bar significantly higher for durable crystal wine glasses. In conjunction with the University of Erlangen in Bavaria, Germany, the company spent many years researching and developing a unique, patented type of glass that is harder and more resilient than traditional crystal stemware.

Why is Tritan Better – Beauty Meets Brawn

Schott Zwiesel Tritan glassware is the Angelina Jolie (à la Lara Croft Tomb Raider) of the luxury crystal stemware world–exquisitely beautiful, yet oh so strong. Producing Tritan glass includes a mix of proprietary ingredients and an extremely advanced manufacturing process. It’s interesting to note that Schott Zwiesel removed lead from the their crystal and replaced it with the much stronger titanium, among other additives, making it far more durable than its competitors. In fact, studies have shown that Schott Zwiesel Tritan glass is up to 40% less prone to breakage. As far as resilience, the crystal is dishwasher safe, having been independently tested on a long-term basis to stand up to 1,000 dishwasher cycles with no damage, blemish or loss of brilliance. As I’ve stated in previous articles, I’m not an advocate of washing fine crystal in dishwashers, but I’d probably be more apt to chance it with these glasses.

Breaking Point(s)

Crystal stemware in general has three areas that are particularly vulnerable to breakage:

– the rim

– where the bowl meets the stem

– where the stem meets the foot

Taking this vulnerability into account, Schott Zwiesel developed technology to temper each of these points, increasing strength and resistance to breakage. This is definitely a plus for a person like myself–I have granite countertops in my kitchen and this has lead to a graveyard of wine glass parts whether due to human or kitty error (yes, kitties do get on your counters when you are not looking).

Form Follows Function

As with many high-end crystal wine glass manufacturers, Schott Zwiesel takes into account the types and characteristics of wines when designing their glasses, along with the way they feel in your hand and where the wine falls on your tongue when you take a sip. They are designed so that when filled to the pour line, you can completely tilt the glass for maximum enjoyment the wine’s bouquet and the overall wine-drinking experience itself. Beautiful, strong and dishwasher safe, I feel Schott Zwiesel Tritan glassware is an excellent choice for elegant entertaining or everyday use.



Source by Louis Cooper