A Champagne glass is a specific type of of stemware (a glass that stands on stems above a base) that has been designed specifically to enhance the drinking of champagne. There are 4 main types of Champagne glass, the flute, the tulip, the coupe and the trumpet.
The stem acts to allow the drinker the ability to hold the glass without affecting the temperature of the drink. It should be noted that Champagne can also be drunk from a normal wine glass. A normal wine glass allows a better appreciation of the flavor, though reduces the accents of the bubbles.
So, which type of glass is best? This, of course, depends on your personal preferences.
The Champagne Flute
The flute is the classic glass that most people associate with drinking Champagne. It features either a tall tapered conical shape or elongated slender bowl. Developed in the early 1700s it is designed to retain the Champagne bubbles by reducing the surface area. This captures more of the flavor and aroma as well as giving the visual effect of bubbles rising to the top.
The Champagne Coupe
The champagne coupe is also stemmed, but has a shallow, broad-bowled saucer. Differing legends have claimed that it was modelled on the left breast of the French Queen Marie Antoinette, and another of Juliet from “Romeo and Juliet” but in reality, the glass had been designed in England in 1663, more than 100 years before Marie Antoinette.
The Champagne Tulip
The champagne tulip is also served in a tulip glass. As it’s name suggests, it is shaped like a tulip, bulbous but flaring out to form a lip. A white wine tulip is different from a champagne flute because of its wider flared body and mouth. Some people prefer the tulip glass, as they say they get more of the aroma.
The Champagne Trumpet
A relative new-comer, the Champagne trumpet has a conical shape, but is otherwise similar to the flute.