Types of Champagne Glasses.
In general there are (3) three different types of Champagne Glasses
- Tulip. The tulip-shaped glass is a commonly used glass for serving fine vintage champagne.
- Flute. The champagne flute glass has similar design features like a thin wine glass and is generally used for new Champagne.
- Coupe. The coupe, or (vintage) champagne saucer, is another type of champagne glass that was more commonly used in the past for vintage champagnes.
The champagne flute (glass) has similar design features to a thin wine glass. The flute consists of a long stem supported by a wide pedestal base that offers good support. Champagne flutes are a tall yet narrow glass that has a medium to long stem. Many of them have a point at the bottom of the glass as well. This will cause a congregation of the carbonated bubbles. The bubbles will then rise to the top of the glass. This will not only aid in capturing the flavor and aroma, but also provides for a nicer appearance. Champagne flutes are the most commonly used champagne steamware in restaurants.
Champagne tulips are very similar to the flute glasses, but features an inward curved rim. This type of glass also includes a wider bowl. Some connoisseurs recommend champagne tulips when consuming many of the finer french vintage champagnes. This is because the wider base will allow the flavors to be captured and therefore, preserves the taste.
The coupe, also known as a champagne saucer or vintage champagne glass, differs solely on the design of its bowl that is rather wide and short, which can accommodate only a small quantity of champagne. These are the oldest type of champagne glasses and were very popular in the early 20th century, but have since been surpassed by the flute glass. Many wine connoisseurs say that the champagne coupes do not work especially well because they enable the aroma and carbonation to escape too easily.
Holding your Champagne Glass
- Pinch the stem of the glass under the bowl, between your thumb and four fingers. …
- Never hold the bowl of the glass as you will warm the champagne and dirty the glass bowl. …
- When you are not drinking, you may rest the champagne glass between your ring finger and four finger. …
- If you are attending and greeting people at a reception, hold the champagne glass in your left hand, in order you may greet people with your right. …