Our readers regularly ask us about the right types of glasses for wine, and the topic of champagne and sparkling has come up again this holiday season.
Although the champagne saucer and coupe glass have become all the rage again (we think it’s that Mad Men thing), both styles can cause bubbles to dissipate rather quickly, leaveing the bouquet and flavor rather flat.
We recommend that you select fluted or tulip-shaped (champagne) glasses for sparkling wines and champagne. This shape helps keep the bubbles intact for longer and ensure the best flavor and aroma while drinking the sparkling wine. The other reason for using a flute is to focus the aroma more directly to the nose. Sparkling wines can be quite delicate, and you’ll be able to appreciate subtle nuances in this manner.
Chilled glasses are always a good idea, and be sure to pop that bottle in the frig at least 2-3 hours before the party to ensure proper chilling.
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