The wine glass chosen can have a huge impact on the tasting experience. First and foremost the glass must be clean. A neutral recipient is necessary to properly taste and appreciate the wine. Any soap residue, spots, or cleaning with excessively hard water could interfere. So as to best observe the wine, the glass should be clear. The pour should not fill the glass, as the wine needs to be swirled and sniffed before tasting. Unlike with Cognac, wine glasses should be held by the stem and not cupped because the warmth of our hands will negatively affect the wine.
The shape of the glass can also alter how the wine tastes. Some wine glassmakers like Riedel have designed specially shaped glasses to accentuate the best characteristics of the most popular grape varieties. Experiment to see how the same wine can taste very dissimilarly in different glasses. Now enjoy your glass of wine!