Like the wine itself, glasses have a distinct influence on taste. The perfect glass will not improve a bad wine, but it could give you the optical illusion of drinking a better one. On the other hand, any glass will perfectly highlight the qualities of a good wine.
This is a tale of two countries, the story of a winner and a loser. Austria is the winner. Switzerland is the loser. Except for that little detail, they have much in common.
Both are small, landlocked nations in the middle of Europe with some spectacular vineyard sites that can produce some wonderful wines. Both make just tiny amounts of their best wines. Both are dwarfs on the international fine-wine battlefield ruled by titans such as Bordeaux and California.
Today, even the uninitiated know that sparkling, white and rosé wines should be served chilled and red wines at room temperature. But beyond this simple, even simplistic rule, it's helpful to make a few distinctions based on the category of vintage.
Almost all homes have one or two wine carafes, more often used as vases for flowers or decorative features.