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Vintage champagne glasses
The evolution of the Champagne Glass…
It wasn’t long ago that after opening a bottle of champagne, most of us would automatically reach for our trusty champagne flutes. The initial burst of effervescence occurs when the Champagne contacts the dry glass on pouring, the shape of the flute was designed is to reduce surface area, therefore maximizing the visible bubbles.
However, over the past couple of years, the question has been raised about how to serve champagne to show it at its best, which are the preferred champagne glasses? After all, we’ve known for over forty years that a glass’ shape has an impact on your perception of aroma and flavour!
So, what are the options?
There is the Champagne Coupe, a shallow, broad-bowled saucer shaped stemmed glass. Legend has it that these vintage champagne glasses was modelled on the breast of Marie Antoinette, but the glass was actually designed in England over a century earlier especially for sparkling wine and champagne in 1663. Our version, the Champagne Saucer, is hand blown and hand engraved made from fine dishwasher safe crystal and comes in beautifully packaged sets of six.
Champagne is also served in a tulip glass. Some oenophiles prefer the tulip glass, as it permits the drinker to get more of the aroma than a traditional flute while the mouth is still narrow enough to avoid quick loss of carbonation.
In the 1960s, double-wall stemware was developed to slow the transfer of heat from a drinker’s hand to champagne and other beverages. Inner and outer walls are separated by a small gap filled with air, a poor thermal conductor, but these do not remain popular today.