This year in particular will be one where quality, small gatherings are at the forefront of celebrations. Whether celebrating a holiday, the New Year, engagement, or another momentous occasion, Champagne, the ready-made celebration in a bottle, is likely to be center stage. While Champagne can heighten the spirit of a celebration, the vessel you chose can be equally elevating. From dry brut to a pour of chilled mimosa, using the right glassware elevates the taste, gets you the most out of your Champagne, and can enhance the celebratory spirit. That’s why AKA Dwelling has complied a reference for three options to use when it’s time to toast!

 

 

The type of champagne glass you choose will have a great impact on the smell, taste, and temperature of the drink. However, it is clear that there is more to drinking a glass of celebratory champagne than the taste. Mood, purpose, and personal preferences can dictate glass choice as much as its function on flavor. We have a list of the three types of champagne vessels (Coupe, flute, wine glass) from our Zieher collection, and a little about the history of function, and style.

 

 

 

1. Coupe

Coupes are both vintage and timeless. The elegantly squat and shallow, bowl-like glasses from the 1920s are reminiscent of the great literary character Jay Gatsby. So it’s natural to feel the royalty of his out of the world parties when sipping your champagne from coupes.

 

 

The history of Champagne coupes is surprisingly saucy. The Champagne glasses in Louis XV's painting that look like Champagne coupes make one wonder about their origin. However, you would be surprised to know that its origin is presumed to come from human anatomy.

 

Rumor has it that the shape of the coupes was modeled on a breast. And not just any breast, but the left breast of the French Queen Marie Antoinette, wife of King Louis XVI of France. It is said that Louis XVI gifted his wife, Marie Antoinette a Jatte-téton. The breast-shaped cup in it was a throwback to the one used by the Greeks.

 

However, in truth, these references to the shape of coupes are decidedly false. The fact that the rumors persist only adds so much to the perceived sexiness of the coupe.

 

Coupes were also the choice of 1920s flappers and famous Hollywood glamour ladies from Marilyn Monroe to Sophia Loren. Apart from being sexy, coupes are also incredibly elegant. This was best demonstrated by Jackie Kennedy in 1956 when she sipped champagne from one at the Stork Club in Manhattan for John F. Kennedy's 39th birthday. 

 

What’s Great About It: The coupes bowl design, allows bubbles to spread more quickly which lets you experience both the flavor and aroma. In the past, the champagne produced was sweeter and more syrupy. The shallow bowl also allowed the drinker to dip their cake in it. Indulgent, isn’t it?

 

 

While the open design might dissipate bubbles and aroma immediately, coupes are still the best champagne glasses if fashion and style are what you are looking for. As a bonus, they can also be used as cocktail and dessert glasses.



Nostalgic Wine Coupe


1. Champagne Flute

Champagne flutes are charmingly light and add a touch of high society to any event. The tall and slender shape is perfect to clink for official announcements and wedding celebrations.

 

It was in the 1950s that flutes began to be a choice of glassware at parties and dinners. Around that time, as the perceptions about status started to incline more toward populist from aspirational, flutes also replaced coupes to flaunt Champagne’s elite effervescence.

 

 

What’s Great About It:  The glasses are elegant and simple at the same time, Vaganza flutes are both stunning and functional. At an impressive height of 13 inches but with an opening of only 2 inches in diameter, “Vaganza” captivates by its slim silhouette and elegant shape. Not only do they keep the bubbles tauter, but with little surface area to move, they also give the sparkling a bit more excitement. Vaganza flutes can be the perfect Champagne flutes for the bride and groom as well to give their first toast 


 

The Vaganza Glass

2. White Wine Glass

The modern-day wine glass, as we know it, possibly came from around 1400 in the city of Venice. Glasses had been used even before that to drink wine, but the modern design - a bowl, a stem, and a base, is interestingly medieval.

 


"Champagne is a wine and deserves to be treated as such.”



 

Thus, it is safe to say that in order to enjoy the range of Champagne aromas, a narrow flute might not be enough. 

 

What’s Great About It: Drinking Champagne from a wine glass is simply about drinking and enjoying your drink. The white wine glass is one of the best options of glassware which allows your Champagne to breathe. Wine glasses have successfully evolved Champagne from something that is an only toast to a drink that is both, savory and festive.

 

A tall wine glass with moderate bowl size develops the aromas without overwhelming them. It is especially great to serve old Champagnes where time has made the characteristics just a bit more complex.

 




The Rich Wine Glass

 


 


 

 

Bottom Line

Talk about celebrating and you cannot do without popping open a bottle of Champagne. A toast in fancy glassware will make your party complete and snazzy. Champagne certainly tastes good on its own, but serving it in swish glasses will only make the experience more delightful.

 

No matter the reason for toasting champagne, serving it in unique glassware is much more than making a fashion statement. Be it celebrating in someone’s honor, a special occasion (birthday, wedding, anniversary), major accomplishment or just getting together, AKA Dwelling has a variety of upscale glassware from Zieher to suit any mood.

 

Order now at AKA Dwelling to up the party spirits and make your celebrations more festive