Two friends of mine are getting married next month. They're both fairly well off and want for nothing, which makes it difficult to decide what to get them as a gift. Do you have any recommendations for wine glasses that are more on the high-end? They drink all kinds of wine, but the bride tends to gravitate towards hearty reds. Does the shape of the glass matter? –Stumped
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You’re right to ask for guidance, because there are plenty of high-end glassware options out there that go long on aesthetic embellishment but short on actual function. A true wine lover enjoys a quality glass for its ability to transmit a wine’s aroma, much in the same way that a music lover appreciates a good quality set of speakers. Glasses designed with a wine's expression in mind tend to be beautiful in a less-is-more kind of way. Think: a thin but durable bowl (nothing says ‘cheap and clunky’ more than a thick-lipped glass) and a seamless stem (i.e. there’s no joint between the stem and the bowl).