The Real Cost of Becoming an Oenophile

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

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White Wine Glasses

For casual tastings at home, buy the all-purpose International Standards Organization-approved glasses you see in wineries, advises Ritchie. For better wines, however, Richie says the glass makes a difference.

$300: Riedel 12.3 oz. Vinum Chardonnay/Chablis Wine. Lead crystal made in Austria, six sets of two glasses each, at $49.99 per pair --

Specialized glasses for more casual tastings:

$67: Fusion Classic Chardonnay, 15 oz., set of six --

$30: Sauvignon Blanc Riesling White Wine Glasses 12 oz., set of four from Ravenscroft R. Croft Collection --

Running tally: $4,785