You've been using the wrong glass for your champagne – why the flute is actually not the best option

You've been using the wrong glass for your champagne – why the flute is actually not the best option

December 31, 2021

WHAT IS the first thing you grab when you're about to pop some bubbly? A flute, right?

Well, turns out, that's the wrong glass to use.

According to wine experts, champagne is best enjoyed in a tulip glass rather than a flute.

The tulip glass is "tall enough to allow the bubbles and aromas to develop to the full," according to Comite Champagne.

Flutes are often too thin and will immediately spill over if your champagne has too much effervescence.

But obviously, not everyone has access to a variety of wine glasses, so you can use a white wine glass with a stem instead.

The opening of the white wine glass is wide enough so that the foam doesn't spill over and the aroma of the drink can develop better.

But if you rather JUST drink champagne for the fun of it, drink it out a mug if you want!

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Previously, we told you the right way to open and pour champagne without causing a mess.


There are five key steps to opening your bottle of chilled champagne properly:

  1. Remove the foil with either your fingers or a knife.
  2. Loosen the wire cage by holding the loop and untwisting it. Leave the cage on!
  3. Cover the cage with a cloth napkin – mainly for safety precautions – before holding the bottle at the base with your nondominant hand. Tilt the top of the bottle away from you or anything breakable.
  4. Still holding the base of the bottle firmly, grasp the cork with the napkin.
  5. Twist the bottle counterclockwise slowly until the cork loosens and comes out of the neck.
  6. You should keep the bottle at a 45-degree angle to preserve the sparkle.

Popping the cork might be all fun and games, but it's actually very dangerous and ruins the effervescence of your drink.


As for pouring it, you should hold the bottle by the base and the glass by the stem.

At a 45-degree angle, with the neck of the bottle barely touching the glass, pour it very slowly.

Now that you've learned how to properly pour champagne, it's time to celebrate!

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