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How to Choose the Best Glassware for your Champagne

Most people assume that a Champagne flute is the best Champagne wine glass, but that's not necessarily the case. Whatever kind of sparkling wine glass you're considering should serve the same purpose as any other kind of wine glass, which is to maximize the aromatic and flavor intensity and balance of the liquid inside it. In that regard, there are many more options than merely a classic flute.

Do wine glasses make a difference?

Absolutely. Choosing the right wine glass can enhance a particular type of wine's most desirable characteristics, making each sip more pleasurable and complex. Yet with so many to choose from, it's easy to find the best Champagne and sparkling wine glass to suit your needs and tastes.

What is a champagne glass called?

There are many names for a champagne glass, and most of the time, it depends on the shape. A champagne flute or a flute glass—and a wedding champagne flute, which is the same thing though perhaps a bit more ornate in design—are tall and narrow. A champagne coupe looks like an old-fashioned martini glass, with rounded sides and smaller size. A champagne saucer is of a similar design, though occasionally with a flatter base to the glass bowl. A Prosecco glass and a Cava glass resemble a Champagne glass in that they tend to be tall and narrow. Of course, plastic champagne flutes are also always an option, but generally not the best for maximizing the enjoyment of the bubbly poured into them.

What is the difference between a champagne flute and a champagne glass?

And why is Champagne served in flutes? A champagne flute is tall and narrow, helping minimize the wine's surface area and maintain its fizziness longer. A champagne glass sometimes refers to a champagne flute, but can also refer to a vessel for Champagne that does not have the tall and narrow design, like a champagne coupe.

What is the correct champagne glass?

And should you drink Champagne from a flute? As with any wine, you can drink Champagne from any glass you have on hand. However, the best glass limits the liquid's surface area to retain bubbles and allows the wine to open up and express its aroma's full range. Many modern champagne glasses look like a hybrid between a champagne flute and a white wine glass, which many professionals consider to be among the best.

Are there different wine glasses for different styles of sparkling wine and Champagne?

You can find different shapes of sparkling wine glass for different types of sparkling wine, but in general, the modified champagne glass - white wine glass shape will work well across the range of sparkling wine.

What are the popular brands of champagne flutes and glasses?

There are many popular brands of champagne flutes and glasses. Among the most respected champagne and wine glass brands include Riedel champagne glasses, Riedel champagne flutes, Luminarc, Schott Zwiesel, and Luigi Bormioli.

Is Prosecco served in a champagne glass?

Prosecco can be served in a champagne glass, and often is. The tall, narrow shape allows the fruit notes of the Prosecco to shine.

Can you drink Champagne in a wine glass?

Absolutely! Many professional wine tasters and critics taste Champagne and all sparkling wine from a white wine glass, allowing them to appreciate the full range of the sparkling wine's flavors and aroma more fully.

How do you drink out of a champagne glass?

You drink Champagne, or sparkling wine, out of a Champagne Glass / Champagne Coupe the same way you drink wine from any shape of the glass. However, try to swirl your Champagne less than you would a non-sparkling wine since agitating it too much will result in a loss of bubbles. No one wants to drink flat sparkling wine!

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