‘A lot of us realized a long time ago that really good fizz tastes just fine in a regular wineglass,’ says Wine Spectator editor-at-large Harvey Steiman. ‘Maybe better."
Esteemed wine author and critic Patrick Alexander agrees, saying big wine glasses are best for knocking back your favourite bubbles.
"The important thing is that the bowl should narrow at the top to focus and concentrate the aromas," he says. "Personally I like big glasses with stems. … Also glass should be plain and clear, not coloured or engraved."
In fact glass manufacturer Riedel have even created a champagne glass that’s closer to a wine glass than a flute, in line with what critics prefer.
‘My first job was to work for a Champagne house,’ Riedel boss Maximilian Riedel tells Tampa Bay Times. ‘When they gave us a tour of the wine cellar, I realized the wine professionals, the journalists, the people who sell wine, they don’t use a flute to analyze the quality of Champagne. The flute was a symbol from the past, something they used in front of customers.’
Experts say that a pinot glass is best for drinking champagne at home, and to give the flutes a miss. Good to know!