Utopia gives strength to new glassware

Nude’s Stem Zero with Ion Shielding range from Utopia includes the Tulip Flute (left).

Utopia has launched the Stem Zero collection of wine glasses which are said to be tough enough to withstand a busy commercial environment.

Manufactured by Nude, the Stem Zero glasses are designed to be fine quality, yet Utopia believes that the collection’s Ion Shielding makes the range twice as strong as other handmade glasses of similar thinness.

By experimenting with strengthening techniques and suppressing the micro-fissures that cause glass to crack, Nude has developed Ion Shielding, a surface modification technology based on an ion-exchange process.

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Larger ions are incorporated into the glass’s surface structure replacing smaller ions which cause the strains and stresses. This process is claimed to make the Stem Zero with Ion Shield technology the world’s toughest, yet finest lead-free crystal glass.

The range consists of 11 glasses; each designed to enhance the experience of different wines.

Champagne flutes are suited to all sparkling wines with a softly tapered brim to retain aroma and fizz, while the aromatic white wine glasses are said to intensify the crispness and elegance of delicate whites.

Full-bodied white wine glasses offer a larger bowl, which should allow complex wines to shine. There are elegant red wine glasses for lighter reds, designed to amplify high-tone perfumes. The glasses for powerful red wines have a bigger bowl, tapering to a crystal cut edge to capture both the aromas and the bouquet.

Prices start at £30 for the Stem Zero Tulip Flute.

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