Like wine Fine Waters have an etiquette that enhances and elevates water from hydration to epicurean experience.

For centuries, humans have been drinking water at the natural temperature of its source or storage facility. Only recently have we begun manipulating water’s temperature.

The American fascination with ice in soft drinks and water is one of the first things to strike many visitors to the United States. Even sparkling water is not spared this cruel treatment. I may not be able to change the use of ice in soft drinks, but I hope there is a chance to save bottled water from this fate. Ice is the natural enemy of bottled water (and soft drinks for that matter).

About 100 BCE, Syrians invented the glass bottle by blowing molten glass through a tube. Until mass production became possible, glass bottles were expensive, so Apollinaris and other waters were sold in earthen jars. Always choose glass if possible, it just has a nicer feel and looks more substantial.

The first glass introduced is a tall and iconic, hand-blown, high-end, lead free crystal glass of proud proportions standing 240 mm (9.5”) tall with straight cup.

I can tell you the exact time and place I decided that we need to have a dedicated water glass for people that do not drink wine.

The sorry state of the "glass culture" surrounding bottled water is a sure sign that the best of the bottled water trend is yet to come. Many fine restaurants overlook the emerging trend and fail to provide proper mineral water glasses , it quickly becomes clear, is usually an afterthought.


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  • History of Bottled Water
Over the past two decades, bottled water has become the fastest-growing drinks market in the world. The global market was valued at $157bn in 2013 and is expected to reach $280bn by 2020.
Water is turning into wine. The same culture that surrounds the production and consumption of wine is emerging around water. Water competitions akin to wine competitions are now held.
NY Times Science
Earth is old. The sun is old. But do you know what may be even older than both? Water.
Salt Science
Washington Post declares that unknown to many shoppers urged to buy foods that are “low sodium” and “low salt,” this longstanding warning has come under assault by scientists who say that typical American salt consumption is without risk.

History Bottled Water
Ours is the blue planet, and the hallmark of life on Earth is water. But where did this colorless, odorless liquid first come from? Recent discoveries in astrophysics suggest that water is not native to Earth.
History Bottled Water
This website appeared first in 2004 and the concept of considering water at the same level as wine and food as a natural product was still new and foreign to many.