Tis the season for celebration, sparkling wine, and for more haters to bubble to the surface when it comes to the Champagne flute. But fear not, I (still) stand tall and proud when it comes to defending the ultimate vessel for sparkling wine.
This time, I marshaled resources to defend my case:
- Avery Gilbert, author of What the Nose Knows: The Science of Scent in Everyday Life.
- David Gire, assistant professor at the University of Washington’s psychology department
So get prepared to read about bubble flux and green steaks. (Seriously.)
It was a true delight to publish this missive in the December issue of Wine Enthusiast. AND have it accompanied by an illustrated Champagne flute created by none other than Jessie Moore aka CakeSpy.
Naturally this post was not without controversy. It inspired an article by Felicity Carter, “Calling time on the Champagne flute,” (?) in Meininger’s Wine Business International. (Geez, can’t I get a link to my article on The Thuse?) Carter would have you drink out of a glass shaped like a cement mixer, BTW.
Ok, here’s my Salute to the Flute:
What is your preferred glass for sparkling wine?