“The good folks who have been running Riedel (rhymes with needle, sharp like glass) for 350 years have spent an awful lot of time and research proving that yes, different shapes of glasses do make wines taste and smell differently.
Those bulbous, balloony glasses allow Pinot Noir’s delicate aromas to waft up, but the tapered, comparatively smaller opening at the top of the glass help keep those capricious aromas from floating away.
By contrast, the narrower glasses honestly do streamline the flavors and aromas of a wine like riesling, and shoot them right to the parts of your nose and mouth that will pick them up most appropriately. BUT~ that’s for folks who are looking to identify every distinct component of a wine, nothing you would do while eating dinner with friends (talk about being anti-social).
Fancy glasses can elevate an evening, but unless you’re training to be a master sommelier or are rolling out the red carpet for a special affair, use whichever glasses you like.”
Isn’t Erin the smartest?
And when I finally get that web site of hers up and running, I’ll point you to her for this kind of advice.