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The 21 Best Champagne Glasses for Celebrations and More

A good stemware choice is just as important as the bottle uncorked.
Roxanne Robinson Jun 09, 2021
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In the iconic and forever charming film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, adapted from Truman Capote’s novel of the same name, George Peppard’s character, secretly smitten with Audrey Hepburn’s infamous Holly Golightly, opens a bottle of champagne. While half the bottle explodes in an epic champagne fountain, he pours the rest in Holly’s coffee mug. Drinking champagne for breakfast was one of Golightly’s quirky habits. But a true connoisseur of sparkling wines would have chosen a proper champagne stemware glass to enjoy the drink. Nest Casa lines up the best options for drinking this festive treat at any time of the day.

What Glasses Are Best For Champagne?

Thankfully it’s easy to avoid the coffee mug option, stocking even the humblest of abodes with champagne stemware. Mass production makes it readily accessible. The four essential champagne stemware glasses to choose from are the flute, the coupe, the tulip, and the white wine glass. Remember: There are specific features that make these styles ideal. To start, they have to have long stems that prevent body heat from warming the beverage (stemless champagne flutes exist, but aren’t ideal).

Another feature considers the “fizz” effect. Champagne and other drinks that are enhanced by their bubbles benefit from glasses with minor defects (or, etchings) at the bottom. Why do this? It helps with nucleation by creating a starting point for carbon dioxide, which aids in creating bubbles. As these gas pockets form, they expand in number and float to the top of the glass. In finer champagne glasses, this is achieved with a tiny laser-engraved marking in the base of the bowl.

1. Flutes:

The first go-to style is the flute. It is the most commonly used for champagne today. Initially, the style was designed to catch the large amounts of sediment associated with early forms of the beverage. As the flute is the tallest and narrowest of the styles, the glass displays a row of fine bubbles in an attractive vertical line, floating to the top. Its long, lean silhouette is also aesthetically appealing to those enjoying this effervescent beverage. Still, it has its critics. Due to the slender bowl, the champagne is unable to fully open, so the drinker misses the aromatic taste of the drink.

Waterford

Set of Two Elegance Optic Classic Champagne Flutes
$80.00 BUY NOW

LSA International

Pearl Champagne Flute - Set of 4
$70.00 BUY NOW

Saint-Louis Crystal

Oxymore Champagne Flute
$215 Buy Now

Juliska

S/2 Carine Champagne Flutes, Clear
$84.00 BUY NOW

Ralph Lauren Home

Langley Glass
$95.00 BUY NOW

Baccarat

Mille Nuits Set of 4 Flutissimo Flutes
$1,200.00 BUY NOW

2. Coupes:

The coupe glass is the most versatile of the bunch. It’s also used for craft cocktails, which have risen in popularity in recent years. As French legend goes, the shape of the wide-brimmed glass was modeled after Marie Antoinette’s chest anatomy. But records show this glass style pre-dating Louis XVI’s era by about a century—and hailing from England. In any case, this stemware style requires careful, elegant sipping as the shallow, broad cup can easily spill. The large circumference allows the flavor of the naturally fermented champagne to open completely. If a stream of bubbles is your aesthetic preference, skip this style as it tends to create a mass of random carbonation.

Saint-Louis Crystal

Manhattan Coupe Glass
$200 Buy Now

Riedel

Veritas 2-Piece Moscato Coupe Glass Set
$69.00 BUY NOW

Baccarat

Harcourt 1841 2-Piece Champagne Coupe Set
$490.00 BUY NOW

Soho Home

Barwell Champagne Coupe
$53.00 BUY NOW

3. Tulips:

The tulip glass is, truly, the best of both worlds. The tulip champagne stemware is aptly named for its slight resemblance to the shape of the tulip flower. It differs from the flute in that it fattens from the base and, then, tapers inward so that the mouth is narrow like a flute. Given that drinking champagne is a sensual experience that extends beyond taste to sight, hearing, and touch, an oenophile would argue that this style is best.

Williams Sonoma

Riedel Performance Champagne Flutes, Set of 2
$69.00 BUY NOW

Baccarat

Mille Nuits Flute
$320.00 BUY NOW

Crate & Barrel

Willsberger 9-Oz. Champagne Glasses, Set of 4
$51.99 BUY NOW

Nude

Ghost Zero Tulip Champagne Glass
$124.00 BUY NOW

4. White Wine Glasses:

This might be the sleeper surprise of the bunch—especially, since traditional etiquette proclaimed that champagne should not be imbibed from a wine glass. So, what’s the reasoning for including this style of stemware? Champagne is a sparkling white wine from the Champagne region of France. Therefore, the basic logic is to treat it like one. Wine glasses are designed to let the aromatic flavor of wines open completely; the shapes are according to wine types. Experiencing the total layers of champagne’s taste beyond its joyful bubbles by pouring it into white wine glasses has risen in favor in the last decade as casual drinkers have gotten more serious about the art.

Georg Jensen

Bernadotte 6-Piece White Wine Glass Set
$69.00 BUY NOW

Nude Glass

Stem Zero Delicate White Wine Glass
$65.00 BUY NOW

Baccarat

Vega Wine Glass
$180 Buy Now

Mario Luca Giusti

Small Dolce Vita Acrylic Wine Glass - White
$25.00 BUY NOW

The Best Luxury Champagne Accessories

Nest Casa can suggest even more glass styles to create the ultimate luxury drinking experience. From silver genius Puiforcat comes the silver wine tumbler in a tulip shape. The metal keeps the beverage at just the right temperature. Alternatively, one  can enjoy the king of wines like royalty with a set of gold-rimmed, etched crystal styles. 

Once the glass choices are nailed, having the perfect accessories on hand to serve champagne only heightens the experience. The first and foremost is the champagne bucket (though, in a pinch, a traditional ice bucket can suffice). Fine linen towels to keep the wet bottle from dripping and napkins for serving are also a regal touch.

Puiforcat

Champagne Tumbler
$850 Buy Now

Mario Cioni & C

Gold 421 Set of 6 Flutes
$845.00 BUY NOW

Giobagnara

Menton Green Leather & Rattan Champagne Bucket With Stand
$1,885.00 BUY NOW

Greggio

Goccia Champagne Bucket
$520.00 BUY NOW

La Gallina Matta

Parentesi Mix-Of-Four Embroidered Linen Cocktail Napkins
$90.00 BUY NOW
Roxanne Robinson
Roxanne Robinson is an award-winning Paris-based American journalist covering luxury and fashion industries with over 25 years of experience. I spent over 18 years at WWD, covering sportswear, accessories and fine jewelry. My career witnessed the shift from print media to the digital age. I gained expert knowledge of the design world, wholesale and retail markets as well as the marketing that supports them. I met endless creatives and business people who create luxury from inception to POS with the consumer. My work has appeared in Forbes.com, BoF, The Hollywood Reporter, CRFashionbook.com, The Jewelry Journal as well in-house publications and websites at Bally, Pomellato, Au Depart and Editorialist.com among others.
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