In my over 36 years in the wine industry I’ve been asked hundreds (if not thousands) of different wine related questions, but one of the questions most often asked—still to this day—is: “What glass should I serve this wine in?”
On the one hand, this is a pretty easy question to answer. You should serve it in a glass that DOESN’T LEAK! Duh!!!
Believe me, I’ve drunk (and thoroughly enjoyed) wines out of pretty much any kind of vessel you can imagine, made from just about every kind of material (aluminum, plastic, wood, cardboard, Styrofoam, clay, glass, etc.) found on earth. Heck, I’ve even been known to dispense with the glasses entirely when I’m in the middle of nowhere with VERY good friends (Can you say, “Please pass the bottle?”)!
On the other hand, the size, shape, and material of your glass CAN make a difference in how the wine smells, tastes, and feels in your mouth. But do you really need to own each of the over 80 different styles promoted by one company, Riedel Glass, in order to truly enjoy what’s in that bottle? NO WAY!