Did you ring in the New Year with a flute of Champagne? Honestly, we wouldn't blame you for hiding your nice flutes from rowdy NYE party-goers, but for quieter occasions there's no substitute for a lovely flute.
Aside from simply looking elegant, drinking from the right glass enhances your experience of the wine. Because Champagne and sparkling wines are served chilled, it’s very easy for the heat of your hands to warm them prematurely. Champagne flutes with long stems allow your beverage to stay cool longer because your hand makes contact with the stem of the glass; it does not cup the wine itself. Furthermore, the bowl of the glass is specifically crafted to maximize your beverage’s bubbles; the opening is narrow, meaning the surface area is reduced, which makes the bubbles last longer.
While Champagne saucers are frequently found at wedding celebrations, their large surface area causes bubbles to dissipate rather quickly. While this may be okay for sweeter sparkling wines, these saucers tend not to do justice to the more-common, drier ones. Some people also prefer to drink sparkling wine from regular white wine glasses (mainly for the benefit of experiencing its nose.) Usually, however, good Champagne glasses, like a set of the Riedel Wine Collection Champagne glasses will be perfect for your sparkling beverage. If you’ve got a good wine, why not use a good glass to enjoy it to the fullest? Shall we toast?