Hello there! I'm Dr. Vinifera, or "Vinny" for short. Ask me your toughest wine questions, from the technical aspects of winemaking to the fine points of etiquette. I hope you find my answers educational and even amusing. Looking for a particular answer? Check my archive and my FAQs.
Dear Dr. Vinny,
What is the best for tasting wine, glass or sterling silver?
—Randall Thomas, Seattle, Wash.
Definitely glass. Sterling silver drinking vessels don't let you appreciate the color of a wine, and many are heavy, thick, unbalanced and unwieldy. It's also harder to see how much wine you have left in your stainless goblet, and anyone who's done that ungraceful, let-me-tip-my-head-all-the-way-back only to have a tidal wave of wine come pouring out move (like me) will want to avoid sterling silver chalices.
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