Came home to find an enormous box from Amazon..my 2 Riedel Samplers..Bordeaux, Burgundy, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc glasses. I bought these on a whim, learned about from this site...and was honestly thinking the whole Riedel glass thing was nonsense. For those that don't know, the principle is that the different shaped glasses will make the particular wine that it was designed for taste better.
I had to do a taste test for myself...I had a bottle of cheap chardonnay (Woodbridge) that my friend was drinking out of a regular wine glass...we tasted it in both glasses and the wine was far better in the Reidel glass..not only the taste but the smell of the wine was much fuller..I know taste and smell are related, part of the same experience.
Not satisfied yet, I opened a bottle of Cabernet..a Hess Select, had to try the Bordeaux glass...again the difference in taste was remarkable..much fuller with the Riedel.
Now if the proper glass will makle a particular wine taste better, would the "wrong" glass make a wine taste worse? I had to find out..We tasted the Chardonnay in the plain wine glass, the Chardonnay glass and the Bordeaux glass...again the difference was noticeable..ranked in order of preference by both of us..Chardonnay, Bordeaux, plain glass.
Hopefully my headache will go away and I'll sample the Burgundy and Sauvignon Blanc glasses tonight. Now if Riedel can develop a glass for Diet Dr Pepper, my daytime beverage, I'll have it made.
Thanks to Chowhound for providing the Amazon recommendation.