I stumbled upon this secret by dumb luck, no special talent on my own.
Glassware matters. Great glass will enhance the smell and flavor of wine. And it’s important. I can’t describe how big of a difference great glassware makes.
The only way to experience it is to beg, borrow, or steal (yes, borrowing a glass is ok) an awesome glass. Take this awesome glass and pour some awesome wine into it (if you need any suggestions at any price point just ask me). Then take a regular wine glass that you find in your cupboard and pour the same wine into it. If you have 3 or 4 glasses, go ahead and use ’em. Pour some of the same wine into all of them. Line them up next to each other.
Now smell them. Don’t drink yet! Smell first.
Stick your nose into the awesome glassware and whatever average glassware you have next to it. Swirl the wine around. Smell it again. Smell several times. It will be obvious. You won’t be able to believe the difference in smell except for the fact that you are actually experiencing it. There is a HUGE difference in the smell of the same wine in different glasses.
And great glassware always smell better.
It’s ridiculous. You’ll stick your nose into a great piece of glass and smell aromas in the wine that you didn’t know existed. The pleasure is more in the smelling of the wine (almost!) than in the drinking of it.
If you like wine you gotta try some over the top high quality stemware. It’ll take your tasting experience to the next level.
Now I love great glassware, that’s why I’m writing about it’s awesomeness, but I don’t use great glass all the time. Great glass is hard to come by. It is usually expensive and always delicate. You never want to use great glass when drunk, which is a problem because great glass will make you want to drink more wine.
Use self control.
Most of the time I use non fancy glassware. I prefer to use high quality stemless glasses. They do a great job. They’re easy to use and provide a nice sensory experience. But they aren’t great glass.
So when do you use great glass?
For special occasions. And special wine.
Pro tip: Never clean a great piece of stemware after consuming wine. Put the glass in a safe place and clean it in the morning. Trust me. I’ve broken way to much awesome irreplaceable stemware.