We gave the Riedel Vivant white wine glasses ($39.99 for 4) a spin, and squared them off in a blind test with our Riedel Vinium Chardonnay/Chablis glasses ($31.90 for 2).Both glasses hold the standard 12.38oz, however the Vivant is a hair taller. Side by side, at a candlelit table, they look remarkably similar. Blind folded, with a few sips of wine in our bellies, we couldn't tell the difference. However, with a flick of the finger, the chime that emerged from the Vinum glass was much more melodic.
If the music your glass makes is important, you might not be fooled by the less-expensive cousin of the Vinum, but if it's the Riedel name you want but want to save a bit to spend on your wine instead, the Vivant glasses are a great way to go.
The Riedel Vivant Wine Collection, including carafes and glasses, is available at Target stores, and online for $19.99 - $39.99.