Champagne Glasses

Adding to the Enjoyment of your Favourite Drink

Considering the immense efforts that go into creating even the least expensive bottle of champagne, it makes perfect sense to ensure that you sip it from a glass that provides the best drinking experience.

There are different kinds of champagne glasses: Champagne flutes, Coupe (known also as champagne saucer) or the stemless champagne flutes. These glasses are collectively referred to as ‘champagne stemware.’ There is no one correct type of glass to drink from; many people have their favourite or enjoy using different glasses for different occasions.

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In general, the various types of champagne glasses all have stems – hence the phrase ‘stemware.’ This is to allow the drinker to be able to handle the glass by the stem, as opposed to the glass itself where the heat from the hand would raise the temperature of the liquid in the glass.

The different types of champagne glasses come under the following categories:

  • Champagne Flutes
  • Champagne Coupe
  • White Wine Tulip Glass
  • Stemless Champagne flutes

Champagne Flutes
This is probably the most well-known of all types of champagne glasses. The traditional champagne flute has a narrow, tall shaped bowl atop an elegant stem. However, you can now find contemporary versions that might have a narrow trumpet shaped bowl or have straight sides.

The reason for a champagne glass to be shaped thus is to reduce the surface area of the drink that’s exposed to the air. This in turn allows the carbonation – or bubbles – to remain in the drink for as long a period as possible.

Champagne Coupe
Sometimes referred to as a ‘champagne saucer,’ the champagne coupe also has a long stem. However, the bowl of the glass is shallow and broad – in complete contrast to a fluted glass.

This type of champagne glass is believed to have been invented in England in 1663 and was designed specifically for drinking champagne. However, it wasn’t until the 1930s that the coupe became ‘en-vogue.’ In post-prohibition USA it became virtually the glass of choice from which to sip champagne, and this continued through until well into the swinging 60s.

However, because of the large amount of exposed surface area, this type of champagne glass allows for the bubbles to dissipate relatively quickly. For this reason, the champagne coupe has tended to fall out of fashion in many areas of the world.

Stemless Champagne flutes
These Stemless Champagne flutes have a unique look and purpose for your custom occasion when style and elegance is a must, or simply when drinking your favourite bottle of champagne with people you love to celebrate with. When most people think of champagne flutes, they usually think of long stems, however the latest craze is to enjoy your classy drink from Stemless Champagne Flutes, which can be taken anywhere, anytime.

White Wine Tulip Glass
Although not specifically designed for drinking champagne, a white wine tulip glass can prove a good substitute if there’s not a champagne flute available. The main criteria is that the rim of the glass is narrower than that of the centre, so allowing aroma of the drink to be directed up towards the nose and allowing for full appreciation of the ‘nose.’

Other types of champagne glasses that you might come across include stemless champagne flutes, that are shaped exactly as the name suggests. Another option is the plastic champagne flute which, although by no means as glamorous as a glass or crystal flute, is often found at various functions and gatherings as a method of presenting a glass of bubbly to party goers.

Whichever style of glass you choose for your champagne, the main criteria is to ensure that the champagne glass is served icy cold. The only other criteria is to enjoy…

 

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