Dear champagne lovers, dabblers, New Year's Eve revelers, and celebrators of, well, anything: Those champagne flutes that have come to symbolize the observance of joyous events are actually the wrong vessels for the bubbly beverage. As it turns out, champagne is best enjoyed in a cup similar to a wine glass, so that imbibers can properly enjoy the aromas, flavors, and bubbles, according to James Beard Award-winning sommelier Belinda Chang.
She tells InStyle that the sudden shift in practice is a “relatively new thing.” Chang, the wine director at the recently opened Chicago-based steakhouse Maple & Ash, explains: “champagne is great wine, if you think about it. A bigger glass increases your appreciation of its nuances.” She recommends using a white wine glass as a substitute for the champagne flute, but notes that certain companies, like Riedel, have stopped producing flutes altogether in lieu of bubbly-specific vessels, like the Veritas Champagne Glasses below ($60 for a set of 2; wineenthusiast.com).
While it’s still acceptable to serve prosecco in a flute since it’s considered a less refined beverage than champagne, Chang says that larger glasses are perfect for enjoying champagnes like Vueve Clicquot and Dom Perignon, which have been aged for three years and therefore have more complex flavor profiles. Looking to add a touch of luxury to your next celebration? Try these chic Saint Louis crystal twist champagne glasses ($170; barneys.com).