When building a home bar, it’s hard to know exactly which pieces of glassware are necessary, and which you can skip. Turns out, fancy sparkling wine glasses are something you can skip.
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Though champagne flutes do keep your bubbly bubbling for longer (smaller surface are exposed to air lets your beverage retain its carbonation longer) they don’t do much in the way of taste. According to Master Sommelier Dustin Wilson, it’s all about aromatics:
Due to the lack of surface area, the wine has less room to move around and therefore has less opportunity to express its aromatics,” explains Wilson. It’s really hard to swirl a flute — and you want to swirl. “Swirling wine allows for the esters in the wine to be activated,” or, put in layman’s terms, it lets you smell what you’re drinking.
Coupes aren’t really the way to go either. Though they look really cool when stacked in a tower, they actually have too much surface area, meaning you practically have to chug your champagne if you want to enjoy its fizzy goodness. The best glass for sparkling wine? A standard white wine glass.