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When considering the best glasses for drinking Champagne or other sparkling wines, flutes come to mind for most, followed closely by coupes. But some wine experts might tell you otherwise. “[Flutes] encourage the fizziness and quick development of the bubbles," explains Guillaume Roffiaen, Chief Winemaker of Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte. "They are too vertical and narrow—there is simply not enough room left for the aromas to develop and no room to put your nose in it." Felicia Colbert, a sommelier in Washington, D.C., takes a more lax approach. “Ultimately, there is no right or wrong glass," she says. Colbert notes that understanding what each glass adds or takes away from your wine drinking experience is key. With this in mind, here are the best Champagne glasses for every occasion.
Best Overall: NUDE Stem Zero Champagne Flute
Drinking sparkling wine during celebratory occasions, according to Colbert, almost always calls for crystal flutes. “Just like a brandy snifter focuses aromas, the shape of the flute allows the wine to be funneled to the back of your palate, creating a longer finish that some may prefer,” she says. Plus, you can fit more flutes on a tray compared to coupes or all-purpose wine glasses, which is ideal for serving larger groups.
Turkish glassware brand NUDE does an excellent job of maximizing the function of a flute. Their Stem Zero collection is known for its incredibly fine, yet extremely durable lead-free crystal (the glasses are handmade using the brand’s “Ion Shielding” technology). This particular silhouette features a slightly tapered mouth, designed to optimize flavor and effervescence. With a 10-ounce capacity, these glasses are dishwasher safe.
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Best Set: Lehmann Absolus Wine Glass
When drinking Champagne, Roffiaen’s go-to is a tulip-shaped glass defined by its narrow base, which is ideal for bubble release, and a large diameter at the bowl’s widest point. This gives more surface area for aromas to develop, complete with a high "chimney" for aromatic delivery. “To me, it is the ideal glass for Champagne tasting," he says. "I tested a vast number of [glasses] before I opted for our Absolus glass, developed by Lehmann, an expert glassware company based in Reims, in Champagne." To clean these glasses, Roffiaen recommends running them under very hot water (with no soap) and drying gently with a linen towel. The glasses come in a set of six and have a 13-ounce capacity.
Best for Tasting: Zalto Denk'Art Champagne Glass
Many Champagne experts tend to gravitate toward the tulip shape, including Champagne Billecart-Salmon CEO Mathieu Roland-Billecart. “I prefer reasonably broad glasses that narrow up at the top to get a good expression of the wine and its smell,” he says. According to Roland-Billecart, the broad bowl helps “wake up the wine” while the tapered mouth concentrates flavor as it makes its way to your palate. Zalto's glasses are a favorite amongst wine professionals, known for their extremely delicate material, stunning clarity and brilliant design. If you’re serious about tasting your Champagne or other sparkling wines like a pro, opt for the Zalto Denk'Art Champagne Glass.
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Best Value: Gabriel-Glas "One for All" StandArt
"A [universal] wine glass with a more narrow mouth and no etching will allow your wine to stay bubbly longer,” says Colbert. "This glass funnels the wine evenly across the front of your palate, giving you more flavor and texture upfront and a less intense finish." Austrian-made Gabriel-Glas has some of the best all-purpose wine glasses on the market, offering two different stemware options in the same silhouette: one machine-molded (the StandArt edition) and one mouth-blown (the Gold edition). Think of these glasses as a larger and more versatile version of the tulip glass with a longer taper—they have a broad base and an elegantly narrowed mouth, designed to highlight a wine’s journey to your palate.
If you’re looking for a high-quality glass without breaking the bank, consider the StandArt edition, which is slightly thicker than the gossamer-thin Gold edition and usually around half the price. Still, both versions are dishwasher safe and each glass has an 8-ounce capacity.
Best Design: Ferm Living Ripple Champagne Saucers
For the aesthetically inclined, these Champagne saucers by Danish brand Ferm Living make fantastic accent pieces for any display case, tabletop or gathering. Designed by founder Trine Andersen, the glasses' shape and detail evoke both classic and modern styles while maintaining simplicity and clean lines. Choose from clear or smoked glass and use for either sparkling wines or cocktails. The mouth-blown saucers are also dishwasher safe.
Best Stemless: Sempli Monti Champagne Flutes
If you thought stemless glassware was boring, take a look at Sempli’s Italian-made version from their Alpen-inspired Monti collection. Hand-blown and constructed from lead-free crystal, the flutes' architectural punt is designed to complement a sparkling wine’s effervescence. Just be sure to sip efficiently (albeit responsibly) as the lack of stem requires contact with the bowl, which can contribute negatively to a wine’s temperature—meaning it will come to room temperature quickly. As a bonus, these glasses come in a beautiful gift box. Each flute can also hold up to 8 ounces of liquid.
Best Coupe: Riedel Veritas Coupe
Though they’re not the most functional, coupes are elegantly-designed and fun to use. "Because of the wide-open mouth of the glass, coupes are not ideal for keeping the carbonation of sparkling wine or Champagne," says Colbert. "My advice: if you have bubbles in a coupe, drink it like a shot." Riedel makes a striking coupe within their Veritas collection, known for its durability, lightness and fineness. They've also included a "sparkling point" to support the integrity of the wine’s bubbles. These glasses are dishwasher safe and have an 8-ounce capacity.
Best Tumbler: BrüMate Uncork'd Wine Glass Tumbler
Picture this: you’re enjoying a nice summer day and decide to pop open some bubbly. Using expensive glassware outside is probably not the best idea, so you opt for a plastic or acrylic cup. The problem? That wine will lose its chill very quickly, especially if your hand is in constant contact with the cup. BrüMate’s triple-insulated wine tumblers solve this issue, complete with a splash-proof lid and a condensation-free exterior. Best of all, their stainless-steel construction makes them virtually indestructible, and the 14-ounce capacity can hold over half a bottle of Champagne. These tumblers are also great for keeping coffee, tea or other hot drinks warm.
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“It is important to note that pét nats will generally be your least sparkling wine followed by generic cava and Prosecco, and then Champagne and high-quality Cava, Prosecco and Lambrusco,” says Colbert. “All of those wines are made using different processes to give them carbonation, so when choosing glassware, knowing which has a more aggressive or longer-lasting bubble can be helpful."
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Longtime wine and spirits writer Céline Bossart is a Champagne fiend and has taken many a glass for a figurative test drive. Her favorite combo? Drappier Brut Nature and a Gabriel-Glass One-for-All Gold edition.