Whether we’re talking czars or rock stars, bubbly is a go-to party drink. With champagne season in full swing, CHOW picks out some glasses that give this special wine the wrapping it deserves.
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BAR SPECIAL CHAMPAGNE SAUCER $17.99 each
Some say the saucer glass, or coupe, originated from a mold taken from Marie Antoinette’s breast. More likely it was invented earlier, for English nobility. These Schott Zwiesel coupes add a pretty, old-fashioned touch to parties and are a great choice for champagne cocktails.
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INSIDEOUT CHAMPAGNE GLASS $60 for a set of two
These tall, cylindrical vessels by designer Alissia Melka-Teichroew look like water glasses. But when filled, the negative space reveals a traditional champagne flute nesting inside. Because the champagne doesn’t come in contact with your hands, it stays cold longer.
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MOYA CHAMPAGNE FLUTE $22 each
Reminiscent of art nouveau curves, these elegant flutes from LSA International are a beautiful way to mark a special occasion. Their heavy bases make them more stable, and the bowls of the glasses go deep into the stems, so bubbles take longer to travel to the top, creating a pretty effect.
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BRIANNA GLASS $84 each
This Juliska saucer may be a bit over the top for some people. But others will enjoy its ornamental fanciness, reminiscent of Victorian glassware. Each saucer is handmade from lead-free glass. And because the lip turns out like a bell, you’ll be able to feel the bubbles tickle your nose.
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BOTANICAL CHAMPAGNE GLASS $59.99 for a set of six
Each glass from Roost is hand-etched with a different plant motif. And though these mouth-blown glasses may feel dainty, they’re not: They’re made from Pyrex and can go in the dishwasher.
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FORTISSIMO CHAMPAGNE FLUTE $15.99 each
The tulip-shaped flute has become the iconic champagne glass, and some will argue that you just don’t mess with an icon. These Schott Zwiesel versions are made from lead-free crystal, a rougher surface than other types of glass, which helps create more bubbles.
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POPS FLUTE $3.95 each
If you want all the benefits of a traditional flute but aren’t too keen on the look, there are now many modern twists, as in the straight lines and harder edges of this Crate and Barrel design.
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FLOAT CHAMPAGNE FLUTE $89 for a set of two
These stemless glasses from Molo are innovative, sleek, and sturdy, made from scratchless borosilicate glass. No need for a coaster: The suspended-bowl design keeps condensation away from the table while creating a pretty beaded effect when the droplets of water gather on the outside of the bowl. These glasses can be used to serve hot drinks, too.