How To Choose Champagne Flutes
If you're planning a party or celebration, you may find yourself wondering how to choose Champagne flutes for the celebratory toasting. The type of flute that you choose will depend upon the type of party that you're having. For a wild and raucous New Year's Eve, you may want to consider plastic flutes so you can relax without worrying about loss or breakage. But if you're planning an elegant wedding or anniversary dinner, you'll most likely prefer to choose Champagne flutes made of glass or crystal. With those thoughts in mind, here are a few tips to help you choose Champagne flutes.
- The two most important aspects of Champagne are the aroma and the bubbles. A proper flute allows for the enjoyment of both. It should be tall enough to provide plenty of space for the bubbles to rise. It should also be slightly curved in at the top in a tulip shape to focus the aroma.
- The shape of the receptacle is important. Some flutes have rounded bottoms while others taper to a point. Tapered receptacles allow for more lively bubble action.
- When choosing Champagne flutes, a proper stem is vital. The flute should be held by stem rather than the receptacle—this prevents your hand's heat from warming the Champagne. Champagne should always be served as cold as possible.
- If you're purchasing Champagne flutes, it's best to choose a well known manufacturer, and to buy them by the set. The larger manufacturers are more likely to have replacements available in case you lose or break one of yours.
- Glass or crystal? Glass is lighter and finer, which many people think pairs well with the lightness of the Champagne. Others prefer the elegance of heavier crystal. This is a decision that is strictly personal preference.