wine from a plastic cup
I opened up a bottle of 2006 Ghost Horse Shadow. For some reason I decided to pour my winne in a plastic cup. My friends got it in a nice Riedel glass. I immeditely noticed that something was wrong with the wine, but for the life of me, I could not figure out what was wrong with the wine. As soon as I smelled the wine in the proper glass, there was noticible TCA in the wine.
Amazing how much the difference for the drinking vessel!
Wineglas1, I poured my wine in a plastic cup just to see how I would appreciate the wine in such an environment. What amazed me is that I was unable to detect the exact flaw in the cup, and it was so easy to get it out of the proper glass.
We always hear that glassware is just marketing, but I am very unsure of that.
And I have a ton of proper stemware from the time when Amazon had the Spiegelau sale of 2 for 1 for $30. Many unopened boxes in the garage. I went crazy on that one ;-)
Still plastic, but every oenophile needs a few of these:
They're sturdy, have a thin lip, and don't break -- we've carried them in our picnic bag for years now, and wouldn't dream of being without them.
A proper glass is *always* better, but these get the job done pretty admirably.
(not affiliated with GSI or Amazon -- just love my go-anywhere wine glasses -- you can also find them from REI and many other outdoor outfitters)