Stemware should be clean, odor-free and free of soap residue. A trace of soap can make a good wine taste terrible.
The glass itself should be clear and colorless so you can evaluate the wine's color.
For still wines, the stemware should be tulip-shaped, with a bowl that's wider than the rim. A narrower rim concentrates the aromas in the glass so you can smell them...
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