Facilitating special moments for guests is part and parcel of hospitality. They don’t stop celebrating at the stroke of midnight on January 1st and, of course, neither do we. Singer Equipment Company is proud to help our customers fête their guests on all occasions, elevating the guest experience with innovative and unique products.
Among these products is Villeneuve, a newly-released stemware collection from Arc Cardinal’s Chef and Sommelier series, designed in collaboration with Master Chef Daniel Boulud. It’s a special treat for us to see a long-standing customer’s vision translated into crystal glass. Villeneuve by Daniel Boulud stands out as an example of the best of our industry working together. This collaboration has resulted in an elegant and durable stemware collection that is as pleasurable to drink from as it is to look at.
Whether you’re searching for varietal-specific options, a single glass that will accommodate your full wine list, or anything in between, consider Villeneuve. The collection consists of five stems; two all-purpose glasses at 16 and 18 ounce capacities, a 21.5 ounce Burgundy glass, a 24.5 ounce Bordeaux glass, and a 9 oz sweet wine glass that is also perfect for apéritifs, digestifs, and cocktails. Cardinal’s 10.25 ounce Exaltation specialty flute is the ideal complement to Villeneuve for all things bubbly.
These six vessels are a study in technology and tradition. Each boasts hallmarks of fine crystal, including a sheer rim and curves that are elegantly sensuous. Unlike the paradigmatic crystal wine glass that shatters if you look at it too hard, Villeneuve offers 21st century durability. The collection is made of Cardinal’s proprietary crystal glass formulation, Krysta, which is extra strong and designed for lasting brilliance and clarity.
I was fortunate to test drive Villeneuve at Chef Boulud’s Bar Boulud in New York City. I found this to be a collection that engages all five senses. Sight is perhaps the most obvious, but only the beginning. Krysta imbues Villeneuve with perfect acoustics. The clink of a toast will ring loud and true. The swirl of a glass reveals that Villeneuve’s zaftig curves are more than aesthetic. They offer additional space to aerate wine and unlock its aromatics. Villeneuve’s sheer rim is slightly tapered, capturing those aromatics in the glass, and engendering smoother tactile, gustatory, and olfactory drinking experiences.
There is a time and place for each of the options available, or certainly most of them, from the humblest tumbler to the finest crystal. The medium is the message. Villeneuve is made to show off and enhance a beautiful pour. Its refined looks reflect celebratory events of all kinds and are just as effective at elevating the everyday. See more of Villeneuve, and behind the scenes footage of the latest dinnerware from Cardinal, on our Instagram @singerequipmentco.
As a wine-drinker, aesthete, and fine dining veteran and devotee, I am delighted to share this special collaboration with you, and I wish you many resounding clinks in 2022 and beyond. On behalf of the entire Singer Equipment family, Happy New Year. Whatever you’re pouring, whatever the stemware, we raise a glass to toast you.
If you’re looking to add Villeneuve to your dining room or bar, or simply want to see some of the many Krysta options available, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.