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The Real Cost of Becoming an Oenophile

By Judith Sjo-Gaber - 2011-12-08T16:39:51Z

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Red Wine Glasses

Oenophile Odouard says the right glass matters. "The shape of the glass channels the wine flavor and fumes into one spot, where you can inhale more easily," he explains. A Bordeaux glass, for instance, delivers wines to the center of your mouth first -- perfect for the fruit, tannins and acidity of a red Bordeaux, says Ritchie.

$300: Riedel Vinum Bordeaux/Cabernet Wine Glasses. 21 1/2 oz., six sets of two glasses. Lead crystal, made in Austria, $49.99 per pair --

For more casual tastings:

$160: Williams 19 oz. Bordeaux Wine Glass, two sets of four -- Williams-Sonoma

$55: Spiegelau Vino Grande Burgundy Wine Glasses, 25 oz., set of six --

$58: Vineyard Cabernet Wine Glass, 28 oz., set of six -- Crate & Barrel

Running tally: $4,388