On arrival at yesterday's Cause for the Paws event, wine-tasters were issued logoed GoVino glasses with which to enjoy as many, or as few, of the wines that were available for tasting. These glasses are stemless, lightweight, and convenient, or as the GoVino website touts, "elegant, shatterproof, reusable, and recyclable." Everything you'd want in a glass, right? Except for one thing - they reek of plastic! Even the most herbaceous of the Sauvignon blancs I tasted could not mask the stench of the apparently food safe PETG that these glasses are made of, despite a claim on the company's website that they are manufactured from an odourless polymer. The ergonomic thumb-notch is a nice touch, but my black Riedel stemless tasting-glasses also have this feature and they are made of, well, glass.
Last year glass stemware was the wine receptacle of choice. This year the hosts of the event saved themselves the time and the cost of cleaning hundreds of glasses - at the expense of the taste of the wine. The folks at GoVino say "your wine deserves it!" I don't think so.