By Jason DeRusha

I’m skeptical. You go to Target now and see huge displays of Riedel glassware. (you can see them online here.) They’ve got glasses for red and white, of course. But there are also special glasses for pinot noir, and zinfandel, and cabernet.

There are special beer glasses you get when you order certain beers. Sam Adams makes special glasses.

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The cynic in me thinks that this is a giant scam designed to make us order more glasses. Or a way to make wine drinking even snobbier than it already is. But does the glass make a difference in the taste?

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We’re going to taste the same wine in different glasses and see if we can tell a difference. What say you? Does it make a difference? Do you like your cognac in a cognac glass?

And the real crux of this question: How much of taste and flavor is impacted by aroma?

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Jason DeRusha