Friday, December 28, 2007

May plastic champagne glasses be forgotten and never brought to mind

A regular glass tumbler will do fine if that's all you have on hand, and even clear
plastic is OK for a picnic or an evening concert in the park. But with New Year's on
Monday, it's time to chill the champagne and bring out the nice glasses and toast
the new year!

(l to r: luxembourg champagne flute, $68.00, Faberge, Bodanica; Lismore crystal toasting flutes, $135.00, Waterford)

Here are some caveats and suggestions regarding glassware that will provide you
with beaucoup de bubbles and a better tasting champagne.

(l to r: champagne flute, Saint Louis Crystal, $175.00, Michael C. Fina; Denise champagne flute, $45.00, Tiffany and Co.; Linear platinum champagne glass, $21.60, Kim Seybert;
Onde champagne flute, $80.00, Baccarat; Love Knots toasting flutes, $60.00, Vera Wang;
Victoria champagne flute, $90.00, Juliska)

The long, narrow Champagne flute is much more common these days than the saucer-style
glass. The wine doesn't slosh around and spill as easily as it does in a saucer glass. The
bubbles also can be seen more easily as they make a long bead to the surface (the best-
quality sparkling wines have bubbles like strings of tiny beads that seem to never end).
And it's easier with a flute to get your nose close to the wine to enjoy the aroma - and that's
good because taste is greatly enhanced by smell. Whatever glass is used, may sure it is
squeaky, clean and dry, with no soap film or streaks.

(l to r: Edge flute, $9.95, Crate and Barrel; Foster flute set, $175.00, Ralph Lauren)

Best of all is a crystal flute with no etchings or adornment that interferes with seeing the wine
Besides its elegance, the character of fine crystal adds a sparkle that enhances the natural sparkle of the wine. So when you raise your glass at midnight, ring in the New Year with style. Cheers!

Image source: Yum Sugar


People St.Clair said...

Wishing you a happy new year. Love the flutes from crate and barrell but also like the one by Kim Seybert

Sarah Dennis said...

Happy New Year Natasha!!!
I've had my Ralph Lauren herringbone champagne flutes for years, they're great. But if I were in the market for new ones, I would have to go with the Victoria champagne flute by Juliska! AAaah so beautiful.

Thanks for stopping by!

fashiongirl said...

Amen to that sister! At new year's only glass or crystal will do. Happy New Year! FG

It's Lovely said...

I love the simplicity of the inexpensive Crate and Barrel flutes, of course the Baccarat isn't bad either ; )

Kim Vallee said...

You are right Sarah, nothing beats Champagne served on a crystal flute for celebrating. Happy New Year!
I wish you joy, peace and happiness for 2008.

Sarah Dennis said...

You know how I feel FG and I'm so glad to see that a "Fashion Girl" concurs! Cheers! Thanks for stopping by.

Sarah Dennis said...

Lovely, I agree both glasses are nice. But when it comes to the "clink" - - - The crystal glasses resonate the 'clink' better! Oooh, the sound of crystal.

Cheers! Happy New Year

Sarah Dennis said...

Hi Kim, - - - and if there's going to be toasting, go with slightly thicker, crystal champagne glasses, thin-fluted champagne glasses can break if toasting gets too festive. If you know what I mean! Happy New Years!

Cheers, Sarah

katiedid said...

C&B and Ralph get my vote! Happy New Year Sarah!

Sarah Dennis said...

Happy New Years Katie!! Here's to a healthy and prosperous new year.

Gypsy Purple said...

Wishing you and yours a prosperous 2008!!!!

perfect bound said...

I love them all. I also love the sparkle in the first photo. Where did you find it? So stylish! Hope your holidays were sparkling as well!

Mike said...

These wine glasses make me want to drink wine.

Stemless Champagne Flutes said...

Serving champagne on regular glasses takes away some of the appeal of the experience of drinking champagne. After all, is a classy drink and it does not look good at all if you serve champagne on drinking glasses.

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