A New Year’s Toast to The Champagne Flute

It’s that time of year for the bubbly to start flowing and fun facts about champagne to abound. (For instance, did you know that Champagne is a government-protected product that can only be produced in the French winemaking region of Champagne? )flute collage(From GO Home Ltd l-to-r: Antique Etched Silver Flute, Pair of Large Mercury & Glass Flutes, Small Mercury Da Vinci Flute.)

The champagne flûte (or as they say en francais, Flûte à Champagne) is a stem glass with a tall, narrow bowl. Basically the purpose, as with all types of stemware, is so the drinker’s hand does not affect the temperature of the drink. The flute shape also helps retain the drink’s carbonation by creating a small surface area at the opening of the glass. And, it’s perfect for serving large amounts of party guests since it’s smaller diameter lets you place more glasses on a tray.

Champagne just doesn’t have to be for New Year’s either. Take a cue from Food Republic with these 7 tips on how to enjoy the bubbly year round. A mixture of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier grapes, it’s actually a great food wine and goes well with anything salty or fried. (Heck, Marilyn Monroe guzzled her favorite bottle while noshing on potato chips!) You’ll also learn how to impress party guests (and your date if you don’t behead her) by popping open a bottle with a saber. (We did witness this nifty trick recently on The Millionaire Matchmaker and it does work.)

If champagne is not your style, flute glasses are also commonly used for drinking beer, especially Belgian lambic and gueuze. Brewed with wild yeast and often fruited, these carbonated beers, with a tart flavor, make them perfect for enjoying in flute glasses.belgian lambic beer

 

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