I've still got the first set of wine glasses i ever purchased. They were very cheap. I've been reading up on this and it seems that Riedel made their name by creating glasses with shapes to complement the particular varieties of wine that should be served in them. So much for my idea of one type of glass for red, white and champagne... Instead, it's one type for bordeaux, and another for burgundy, shiraz, zinfandel,chardonnay,sauvignon blanc,riesling, and champagne. Now I'm not a wine connoisseur, but I do like good wine, and usually can't stand cheap wine. I usually pay in the 15-20 range, although depending onthe occasion I'll buy more expensive bottles. I've read enough to be convinced that the glass does make a difference, but I'm wondering if it's just a marginal one or a substantial one. It's probably moot in the end since I'll likely bit the bullet, but I am curious. I really like their new line that's exclusive to williams-sonoma called [email protected] They've got a seamless pulled stem that really adds to the elegance of the glass imo.