Happy New Year... Cheers

New Years is a day for celebrating the love of your life; past, present and future! It is a time to reflect on your accomplishments, your hard work and all the difficult challenges that came to you in the past year. It is a time to set goals, not resolutions but real attainable goals that you look forward to achieving.

It is also a time to get gussied up and drink lots of Champagne. So what is the most stylish way to drink Champagne? The coupe, flute, wineglass, tulip? Funny enough there is a right answer. 


The Classic Old School Drinker: The Coupe

This soft feminine shape, designed after Marie Antoinette's left breast, is sexy and classic.  Actually that's what everyone thinks but it isn't true at all. The coupe dates back to at least 17th Century England, which is nearly a century before Marie existed with her memorable tits. It does however, makes you feel like you are at the party of the decade circa 1925. Unfortunately, it isn't that great for the Champagne itself. The shear width of the glass allows Co2 to escape at a rapid rate ruining the soft delicate bubbles. This design is not the best combination of form and function. 


Uncomplicated but Overrated : The Flute

Ahh...the good old flute. My least favorite of all the stemware, this overused glass is great for maintaining bubbles but not so great for actually enjoying the wine. The narrowness of the flute makes it challenging to enjoy the aromatics and most good Champagne deserves at least that. The long shape has a nice way of allowing the bubbles to dance about....I will give it that.



The slightly dated but effective one: The Tulip

I feel like the tulip happened in the 80's and 90's. This hybrid flute/wine glass can be pretty and effective. Although it does allow the bubbles to dance and your nose to get inside the glass there is something slightly lackluster about it. 


 Less is more, the simple why didn't I think of that: Wine Glass

If you have good wine glasses, this is the right glass to use. Although it isn't as festive, it actually allows the wine to shine and can be a classic understated way to make a statement about your wine knowledge. Use a standard white wine glass for 100% Chardonnay (Blanc de Blanc) Champagnes and use a larger red wine glass for richer Blanc de Noirs (or things with higher pinot noir percentages). There you have it!