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Top Of The Best Tulip Champagne Glasses Reviewed In 2018Last Updated February 1, 2018
№1 – Bella Vino Crystal Champagne Flute Glasses – Beautifully Designed Hand Blown Champagne Glasses, 100% Lead Free Premium Crystal Glass, Perfect for Any Occasion,Great Gift
№2 – MICHLEY Unbreakable Champagne Flutes Glasses, 100% Tritan Shatterproof Wine Glasses, BPA-free, Dishwasher-safe 5.3 oz, Set of 2
№3 – Luigi Bormioli Prestige Champagne/Flute Glasses, 10 oz., Set of 4
Nothing spells celebration like flutes of fizz; yet I haven’t touched mine in years. I haven’t foresworn festivities or effervescent drinks – but like so many in the business I have been drinking my Champagne and sparkling wines from white wine glasses.
This way I can gorge on the lovely aroma and taste, and fully appreciate what makes those bubbles such a joy to drink.
Experts speak out against flutes
Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, cellarmaster at Champagne Louis Roederer, said: ‘Our Champagne style needs aeration to fully demonstrate its potential, so we often use white wine glasses. Some 2years ago we even developed our own tulip glasses, which were larger than the flute.’
Hugh Davies, CEO and winemaker at Schramsberg Vineyards, one of California’s foremost sparkling wine producers, agrees: ‘In making our sparkling wines we envisage a finished product that offers an extraordinary aroma, palate and visual impression.
Riedel, like other glass manufacturers, has also developed its own sparkling-specific glass within its Veritas series launched in May 2015.
CEO Maximilian Riedel tellingly calls the new glass, also with a diameter of 85mm at its widest point, a ‘Champagne wine glass’.
Nonetheless, Riedel continues to sell flutes in its range, despite received wisdom and the CEO’s own dictum. ‘We produce Champagne flutes as there is a commercial demand for them, especially from hotels and restaurants,’ explains Riedel UK’s managing director Steve McGraw. ‘However, our suggestion for sparkling wine would always be for the wine-glass shape.’
The influence can be felt across Europe. Jenny van Lieshout of Spanish prestige Cava house Gramona says: ‘We focus on long-aged Cava. To enjoy Gramona’s wide spectrum of aromas fully, we suggest the use of white wine glasses instead of flutes. In our tasting room we use Riedel Chianti glasses.’
Italy’s foremost traditional-method winemakers agree. Matteo Lunelli, president of Cantine Ferrari Trento, says: ‘I don’t think that traditional narrow flutes can deliver the perfume and complexity of a Trento DOC sparkling wine. I prefer large, tulip-shaped glasses, especially for vintage or reserve wines tasted with food. Flutes are fine for parties and toasting, but serving Ferrari Perlé in a large tulip-shaped glass immediately changes the experience.’
Restaurants ahead of the curve
Enlightened restaurants have already caught on to the new trend. Tobias Brauweiler MS, head sommelier at London’s Hakkasan Hanway Place, says wider flutes that ‘release more aroma’ are used throughout the Hakkasan group’s 1restaurants. ‘Offering a different type of glass not only surprises the customer but enhances their experience.’
At Medlar in London, head sommelier Clément Robert MS uses ‘a modern type of flute made by Zalto’, but prefers Zalto’s Denk’Art-Universal for vintage or richer styles. ‘It gives more aeration and allows you to enjoy the wine side of Champagne much better.’
The trend is not confined to Europe. Jordan Nova, restaurant director at wine-focused 131Main in Napa, California, agrees: ‘While the majority of guests are used to flutes, we have found that winemakers and savvy guests have begun requesting white wine glasses for Champagne.’ So next time you pop a cork, celebrate the wine as much as the occasion – in a proper glass.
Who should get this
But if your goal is to make an occasion in your home feel special, then a flute is a must! They do have a purpose above and beyond aesthetics—flutes are designed to make sure your wine doesn’t go flat. But since flutes don’t enhance aromas, they’re mostly about creating a memorable drinking experience. There are also certain Champagne cocktails, like the French 75, that are traditionally served in a flute, so they can be a nice addition to a growing collection of barware, too.
Flutes excel at keeping your bubbly bubbly. Photo: Eve O’Neill
Flaws but not dealbreakers
The Cuvee Prestige does what it’s supposed to do with very little compromise. If polished wrong or mishandled, of course it could break. And it’s not the tallest or lightest glass out there—two good qualities I fussed over with some of our former picks, because being lightweight is a great benefit for something you often stand around and hold for a long period of time. But when it came down to choosing between an extra ounce of weight, or a glass that could actually be found and used, the Cuvee Prestige became the obvious choice.
A budget classic flute
It’s just the right amount of tall at 9.inches—not so stubby that it looks plain, not so towering that you could break it with a glance. Of all the glass shapes Crate and Barrel sells, the Viv flute has the most user-friendly proportions. I walked into the store and examined each one: It doesn’t loom on a skinny stick like the Camille, or get top-heavy when full like the Vineyard. The base, stem, and bowl are in the right proportion to keep liquid stable.
Zalto Denk’Art Universal Glass
Most glassware manufacturers will create a glass for all the different grape varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Champagne, etc. Each varietal specific glass is made with that particular style of wine in mind in order to capture its essence. Some wines are acidic, others are tannic, and some are even sweet. So the glasses are shaped to allow the wine to reach the appropriate area of your tongue to bring out the best in every sip.
For example, the Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Bordeaux glass is typically considered the standard red wine glass. It’s tall with a full size bowl that somewhat tapers at the top. This glass is ideal for highly tannic red wines of moderate acidity. The reason being is that it directs the wine to the center of the tongue, creating a perfect balance of fruit, tannin and acidity. The same goes for the Shiraz glass, which is the tallest of all red wine glasses and has a very distinct taper towards the top.
The Pinot Noir/Burgundy stems are not quite as tall as Bordeaux glass but will have a much wider bowl and sometimes will tulip towards the rim. These glasses enhance red wines with high acidity and moderate tannin by directing the wine to the tip of the tongue, highlighting the fruit and balancing the naturally high acidity. glasses enhance red wines with high acidity and moderate tannin by directing the wine to the tip of the tongue, highlighting the fruit and balancing the naturally high acidity.
Similar to Red Burgundy or Pinot Noir glass but shorter, with the same wide bowl style.
The Champagne flute is designed to be tall and thin to highlight the fine bouquet, richness and complexity on the palate. It also has the ability to keep the bubbles in the flute longer; with less surface area exposed to the air, the bubbles can’t escape as quickly … and they look really cool!
An inexpensive stemless option
Made from non-leaded crystal, these thin, lightweight stemless wine glasses are a great option for casual wine drinking. (set of eight)
For casual drinking, we recommend the Ravenscroft Crystal Stemless Wine Glasses, which were thinner and lighter than most of the glasses we tested in this category. Though they’re stemless, these glasses retain the elegance of traditional stemware because they are made from non-leaded crystal, have relatively thin lips, and are light weight. Our experts recommend these glasses when enjoying inexpensive but refreshing wines.
How we picked
We turned to our experts to find out which features they look for in the ideal wine glass, including the type and quality of glass, size and shape of the bowl, thinness of the glass and rim, stem length, size of the base, overall balance, weight, and aesthetics.
The Libbey glass has a classic look that makes it appropriate for daily use, or for more formal occasions such as dinners and cocktail parties.
The Libbey glasses are versatile enough for casual use, or for more formal dinner gatherings with friends and family.
Though it’s made from soda-lime glass, the Libbey seems to sparkle more under the light compared with most of the other all-purpose glasses we tested.
Since it’s so durable, the Libbey is the ideal glass for company, especially when hosting rowdy guests.
Our experts found the Libbey glass to be well-balanced, with a nice size base and an appropriately shaped bowl.
We think the Libbey Signature Kentfield Estate All-Purpose Wine Glass is ideal for casual drinking and entertaining. Photo: Michael Hession
Evidence for a physical effect
Professor Gerard Liger-Belair at the University of Reims has extensively researched bubble flow patterns in champagne. Bubbles not only create a pleasant mousse in sparkling wines but also transmit aroma and flavour compounds to the surface of the wine and, on bursting, release these compounds into the air. The greater the depth of liquid in the glass, the more the bubbles accelerate as they rise and the further they will spread across the liquid surface, increasing the surface area over which aroma is being released.
In a tall flute glass, there is a large depth of liquid but the narrow shape constrains the surface over which bubbles can spread. In a flat, wide coupe, the lack of depth means the slow-moving bubbles congregate near the centre with little bursting closer to the rim. Therefore, a glass’s depth and liquid surface area are very influential in aroma release.
Another factor is the head space in the glass. The straight-sided, open-topped shapes of the flute and coupe mean that aromas easily escape into the atmosphere whereas the in-curving tops of many wine glasses and tulip-shaped flutes are better at slightly enclosing the aromas released and funnelling them towards the nose.
So, from looking at bubble patterns, wine glasses and tulip flutes should physically enhance the aromas of champagne… but does this happen in practice?
Evidence for a psychological effect
Whilst there have been many studies conducted on the sensory perception of food and drink from a psychological standpoint, relatively few consider the influence of glassware on wine, and none on sparkling wine. Studies on still wine have tended to confirm that glass shape influences a wine’s smell or taste but usually only when participants can see the glasses, suggesting a psychological influence.
Many people still view the flute as the iconic glass for champagne. With such a strong association between the flute and champagne, could this mean that the wine inside the flute is enhanced in people’s perception? Likewise, although the white wine glass may be better physically for enjoying champagne, would its shape be seen as untraditional or unsuitable and any benefits be masked?
I sought to examine the physical and psychological influences of champagne glassware on the aromas perceived and if these influenced individually or in combination.
The experiment was conducted on two groups of participants. They experienced exactly the same champagnes in the same range of glasses, but with one group seeing and touching the glasses whilst the other was blindfolded and assisted by experimental helpers, thus removing the ability to see, touch and form any prejudicial judgements on any glasses.
Four Riedel™ glasses of different shapes but comparable quality were employed and two similar champagnes, both being Pinot Noir-dominant, Premier Cru, NV grower champagnes. Every participant sampled eight times – each champagne in each glass. The 8participants were WSET Level or students, representing “engaged wine consumers”.
Glasses left to right: flute, tulip flute, white wine and bowl. Images courtesy of
Participants recorded the aroma intensity and aroma appeal (how much they liked the aromas) of each wine on scales of 1-Unfortunately, taste could not be reliably tested within this format as blindfolded participants might gain some indication of glass shape from contact with their lips. However, in glassware literature, aroma is commonly cited as the main reason for choosing one glass over another.
Suited For: Pilsner, American Lager, California Common, Vienna Lager
Meet the champagne flute’s larger, less refined cousin. The pilsner glass is slender and tall, cylindrical in nature. It’s a great glass for presentation since it allows the colors of the beer to really shine through, ideal for the lighter translucent beers that are often served in the glass. In addition to showcasing color, the pilsner glass puts a beer’s carbonation on display, encourages head retention, and in effect enhances volatiles in the beer’s profile. Pour up a Pilsner, American Lager, California Common, or Vienna lager in one of these glasses.
Suited For: American Dark Wheat, Dunkelweizen, Hefeweizen, Pale Wheat
Similar to the pilsner glass, the wizen vase is a tall, slender glass that tapers toward the base. The design comes from Bavaria, made for the Weizenbier (wheat beer) common to that region. The glass itself is thin to showcase the beer’s color, and the wide mouth allows a fluffy head to collect at the top. Too often beers poured into these glasses are ruined by a lemon or orange. In this case, the citrus actually ruins the head. And if you have to put one in your drink, then you should probably start drinking better beer. Try any number of American Dark Wheat, Dunkelweizen, Hefeweizen or Pale Wheat styles in this glass.
To truly appreciate a beer it needs to be served in the correct glass. The world of beer contains a wide range of beer glasses, all shaped and styled in different ways.
Apart from being visually appealing, the shape of the glass can affect the beer experience influencing taste, aroma and the initial pouring. The glass shape can also influence how quickly the beer warms up as well as how the head develops and is retained. Check out our range of beer glasses.
The Flute glass is the preferred serving vessel for Belgian lambics and fruit beers. They aid in displaying the lively carbonation, sparkling colour and soft lacing distinct to these beer styles. The Flute glass is similar to a champagne glass; however stems can often be shorter.
The Flute Glass Advantage: Showcases carbonation bubbles. Releases volatiles (the compounds that evaporate from beer creating its bouquet) quickly, allowing a more intense initial aroma.
The Pint glass typically holds one British pint of liquid. There are two main Pint glass types: the Conical and Dimple Mug. The Conical is nearly cylindrical, it tapers at the top to a wide mouth. The Dimple Mug Pint has a handle and is made of thick dimpled glass.
The Pint Glass Advantage: Cheap to make and easy to drink from.
Ensure that the beer is at the correct serving temperature. General rule of thumb is that the higher alcohol content, the higher the serving temperature. The lower the alcohol content, the lower the serving temperature. The majority of high quality boutique beers are best served somewhere above degrees Celsius.
Strong beers (like barley wines, tripels and dark ales) will be their best at room temperature (13–1degrees Celsius), while standard ales (bitters, IPAs, dobbelbocks, lambics, stouts, etc) are best at cellar temperature (10–1degrees Celsius).Lighter beers (lagers, pilsners, wheat beers, milds etc) are best at refrigerated temperature (7–degrees Celsius)
Hold the glass at a 45° angle. When pouring the beer aim for the middle of the side.
When slightly more than half of the beer is poured, make the glass perfectly vertical and pour the remainder directly into the middle of the glass to induce the perfect foam head. Remember, having a head on a beer is a good thing, it releases the beer’s aroma and adds to the overall presentation.
As you pour you gradually add distance between the bottle and glass, this further inspires good head.
While it is easy to pop the top off a beer and swill it down, there are a few simple steps that will help you appreciate the nuances in beer. This will allow you to better understand the differences between a beer you like and a beer you don’t.
As a starter, we recommend you taste any beer in a glass. Glass unlike bottles helps to unleash a beer’s aroma and its flavour. This is often the reason a beer on tap tastes so much better than the same beer in a bottle. Make sure the glass is clean as any dirt or remnants of a previous beer can affect its taste.
If you are tasting multiple beers try tasting those lighter in flavour first before moving to the stronger, more hoppier versions. Also, consider drinking water between beers to help cleanse the palate.
Behold the beer in all its splendour. Raise the glass in front of you, but do not hold it direct to the light as this will dilute the colour. Consider its colour, head and consistency.
Food Matching Beer
Beer and food can be matched in one of two ways; either designed to complement or contrast one and other.
Match based on the strength of flavour. Those dishes with more delicate flavours work best with delicate beers, while more full-flavoured foods require beers that have the same hitting power. The intensity of flavour is not the single determinant of strength. The dish and beer at an overall level should be considered. For food some of these factors include richness, sweetness, cooking methods, spicing, texture and complexity of the dish. For beer, this could include alcoholic strength, malt character, hop bitterness, sweetness, richness and roastiness.
Find Harmonies. When looking to match on the basis of complementing flavours consider what common flavour or aroma elements are shared. The citrus notes of Hefeweizens/Witbiers go great with seafood, the maltiness of Amber/Red Ales works well with red meat while the chocolate roasted flavours of an Imperial Stout go well with anything chocolate related.
Consider how the qualities of the food and beer interact. When looking to contrast between beer and a dish think about how each will interact so that one does not detrimentally effect the matching. This is different from the intensity of the flavours, focusing on the ‘type of flavours’. Foods with a lot of sweetness or fatty richness (or both) can be matched by a various elements in beer: hop bitterness, sweetness, roasted/toasted malt or alcohol. Carbonation is also effective at cutting richness. Malty sweetness cools heat, so if you’re leaning to a hoppy beer with spicy food, make sure it has plenty of malt as well.
Shop Oregon Double Old-Fashioned Glass. A great addition to our popular Oregon stemware, the double old-fashined and highball glasses are machine-made using the latest technology to resemble the quality of handblown glassware at an everyday price.
Believe it or not, the traditional snifter is not the ideal choice of stemware for the enjoyment of fine French brandy. The best glass for this purpose has a rounded belly with a tapered chimney. If you don’t have glasses like this, use a tulip-shaped champagne glass, not a snifter. It may feel strange at first to drink your Armagnac from a champagne flute, but you’ll be rewarded with a better drinking experience.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Tulip Champagne Glasses wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Tulip Champagne Glasses
- №1 — Bella Vino Crystal Champagne Flute Glasses – Beautifully Designed Hand Blown Champagne Glasses, 100% Lead Free Premium Crystal Glass, Perfect for Any Occasion,Great Gift
- №2 — MICHLEY Unbreakable Champagne Flutes Glasses, 100% Tritan Shatterproof Wine Glasses, BPA-free, Dishwasher-safe 5.3 oz, Set of 2
- №3 — Luigi Bormioli Prestige Champagne/Flute Glasses, 10 oz., Set of 4