Drinking a glass of Champagne typically signals a celebratory moment, it’s maybe somebody’s birthday or someone’s just passed an exam; there’s always an excuse to pop the bubbly! Champagne has previously been something only the rich and famous drink, but the rise in sparkling wines and the cheaper options of Prosecco & Cava. Our very own English Sparkling Wine means that Champagne, or at least sparkling wines, is far more accessible now to everyday people.
With the vast choice of different Champagne and sparkling wines now becoming available, glass types and glassware are also ever-expanding. There are many different glass types available for Champagne. Like wine, the shapes and styles vary to other manufacturers and which kind of Champagne they’ve been designed for.
Below are the different champagne glass types/shapes that Wineware currently stocks. We have a wide range on offer, so next time you’re looking to pop the bubbly and throw a party to celebrate, remember the glassware is just as crucial for your enjoyment!
What are the different types of Champagne glasses?
The flute style is typically the most popular glass shape for Champagne; it looks elegant and features a nice long stem making it easy for the hand; it’s probably the most recognisable. The elongated shape provides a good-sized serving, allowing plenty of Champagne to be held within your bowl and excess bubbles on the initial pour from bottle to glass.
The long stem is essential as it allows you to place your hand here rather than on the bowl, thus preventing your wine from warming too quickly and stopping your fingers from marking the glass.
Pictured: Schott Zwiesel Ivento Champagne Glass
The tulip-shaped champagne glass is different from the flute because of the narrow top and the wider bowl. The key to this glass is only filling it halfway up the bowl, the widest point, but Why? This glass shape traps the aromas inside the bowl, preventing them from spilling out into the open air. As a result, it will give you a better flavour, taste and aroma, a better overall experience.
Like the flute, the stem allows you plenty of room to hold the glass and prevents you from smudging your finger marks on the bowl; this won’t distract you when watching the bubbles race from the effervescent point, from the bottom to the top.
Pictured: Schott Zwiesel Vina Champagne Tulip
The saucer/coupe champagne glass is more traditional, and I like to call it an ‘old school’ shape. This original style is often associated with the previous century when there were a limited amount and variations of glass types. This shape doesn’t allow you to watch the bubbles bounce off of each other as the above two do, but this is quite a sophisticated, elegant and traditional way to drink Champagne.
You’ll often find this champagne glass type in ‘old-world’ restaurants and sometimes in high-class establishments offering that little something more different and quirky.
Stemless Champagne Glasses
From the traditionally shaped coupes to the new and unique stemless champagne glasses, here there is no stem. Instead, it is bowl-shaped to maximise the taste and aroma of the Champagne and designed not to be easily tipped over, unlike its stemmed rivals.
A downside to this type of glass is it’ll, unfortunately, leave you with finger marks on the glass, and you’ll inadvertently be warming the chilled liquid inside the glass by using your hand. It is, however, a unique and quirky design and something that little bit different to your average champagne glass.
Pictured: Riedel O Range Champagne Flute
Once you’ve chosen the right champagne glasses for you, try them out as quickly as possible. I’m sure you’ll have a nice bottle of bubbly waiting once you receive your parcel from Wineware, ready for some celebrations!
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