A great champagne becomes extraordinary when poured into a perfect stem of crystal. I can’t imagine a beverage that is more elegant or celebratory than champagne. So it certainly makes sense to drink it from the most beautiful and elegantly crafted glasses. Technically speaking, I think that flutes are the proper way to serve champagne, as the “continental coupes” let bubbles out too quickly and stemless glasses warm the drink in your hand. Of course, my preference would be to use a nice collection of lovely champagne glasses, both old and new. As champagne is certainly my drink of choice, I have a little collection of a variety of champagne glasses going at Chestnut Cottage. I received 12 incredible antique Moser quatrefoil hollow stem coupes, circa 1890 from jolly old St. Nicholas! (I must have been a really good girl in 2012 for “Santa Baby” to bring these!!)
I love the Moser Glasses above– great quatrefoil shape of these coupes!
The hollow stems fill with champagne for a very festive look (above).
I love my old “Thistle” flutes from The Edinburg Crystal Company and they will of course be called into service this New Year’s Eve. The thistles etched into these beautifully cut glasses is just so unbelievable and lovely.
Last year, my young friend Kristen Anderson Hudson, gave me the entire set of Waterford’s Twelve Days of Christmas Champagne flutes as my Christmas gift! (I must have been really good in 2011 also…?!?!). These can be so fun at a party, especially around the piano singing the Twelve Days of Christmas. I adore the tall proportions of these flutes…very regal!
For really special occasions I love Cristal Champagne or Krug, but my day to day, tried and true friend is Veuve Clicquot. For a real interesting little read for New Year’s, I highly recommend The Widow Clicquot by Tilar J. Mazzeo. What a gal she was!!
Why not make one of your New Year’s resolutions be to start a collection of antique and new Champagne glasses. Then make your next resolution to try many different brands of Champagne until you find your favorite. So cheers…and I raise a glass to each of you for a healthy, safe, and joyful 2013!
Happy New Year,