Do speciality wine glasses (such as Riedel)make a difference?

Does laying out the money (and bar space) for specialty wine glasses make a difference to the average wine drinker? I'm a wine novice but I'm enrolling myself in "self-taught wine appreciation 101." Will my not-too-sophisticated palate detect any subtle difference between a nice Cabernet Sauvignon sipped from a regular wine glasses and one from a Riedel Vinum Bordeaux glass?

I love any excuse to go shopping for stemware but the next earthquake to roll through L.A. is going to produce one heck of a glistening, crunchy mess around my bar!


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