When you raise a glass, you should want to toast with class. That’s why it’s important to know the right way to hold your champagne glass. Here’s a quick tutorial.
Flute or coupe? First things first: choosing the right kind of stemware. Though the flute is thought to be traditional, according to some industry experts, it is the completely wrong glass for champagne. A glass with a wider bowl – like a white wine glass or coupe – will open up all the aromas and complexities of the champagne.
| THE COUPE IS KING | Though a flute is thought to be traditional, a coupe is the better choice if you want to get the best flavor.
Hold by the stem. Always hold your champagne glass by the stem. Champagne is best enjoyed chilled and holding the glass or coupe by the bowl will warm the drink.
| IF YOU MUST | Holding by the stem is preferred, though the rim will do. | WEARING | Velvet blazer c/o Banana Republic, Reiss shirt, Barney’s bow tie | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo
The rim also works. A champagne glass or coupe should never be filled all the way up. The proper etiquette is to fill it 3/4 of the way. If your champagne is poured in this manner, you have a little bit of the rim of the coupe you can hold and still not warm the drink.