Bar Necessities: Selecting The Right Champagne Flutes

champagne flutes

If you enjoy champagne and/or sparkling wine, quality champagne flutes are an important addition to your home bar. 

These tall slender glasses not only look elegant, they retain the fizz longer.

As with martini glasses, I have about 20 Champagne flutes, no two alike, so people can tell them apart. Shallow bird bath shaped glasses give up their fizz too easily. Tall slender flutes retain the bubbles longer. Go for clear glass with a trumpet-shaped lip so the wine spills gently on your tongue. Sucking the wine out of straight-sided flutes pops the bubbles and makes lovely ladies belch. Don't get the ones with long hollow stems. It's impossible to clean them.

If you can afford it, thin crystal make a lovely clink with the inevitable toast. Also, a lovely pair of only two flutes is my favorite gift for couples. Just two so only they use them. And they always remember who gave them.

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