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Champagne, prosecco, cava, Lambrusco: whatever you’re drinking, a proper Champagne glass is a must. It doesn’t need to be a standard crystal flute though. "When I’m choosing the best Champagne glass, I feel like it is important to consider whether the goal is to create a light-hearted celebratory environment, with glassware that showcases the wine in an elegant, playful manner. Or, is the goal to get the most out of your tasting experience with glassware that allows the subtle nuances to fully evolve into the nose and onto the palate,” describes Lea Carelo, the wine and beverage manager at The Register in Nashville, Tennessee.
Depending on the occasion, curate your glasses accordingly. You can opt for plastic flutes for picnic sipping, vintage-inspired coupes to add a retro flair to your happy hour, or high-end hand-blown glasses to showcase the aromas of the Champagne. To help sort through these differences, we tapped an array of experts to select the top Champagne glasses.
Here are the best Champagne glasses for every occasion.
Best Overall: Zalto Denk'Art Champagne Glass
“The key to Champagne is more than just a simple toast: Champagne is a wine and deserves to be treated as such,” exclaims Thatcher Baker Briggs, a wine consultant, and former sommelier at three-Michelin star Saison. He loves this Zalto glass because “it is perfect for young or old bottles. It allows the wine to express its personality and lets the bubbles resolve to allow the Champagne to get beyond the mousse and focus on the minerality and texture.”
These glasses are pricey, but keep in mind sommeliers consider the brand the gold standard of glasses: elegant and designed for peak performance. As soon as you pick up the glass you can feel the quality in the weight. They're crafted to reflect the angles of the earth and are perfectly designed to let the bubbles directly hit your palate. Each glass holds 7.4 ounces of your favorite sparkling wine.
Sommeliers also swear by the famed brand’s mouth-blown white wine glasses for serving bubbles. “I don't like any of the classic Champagne glasses, like flutes or coupes,” explains Gavin Humes, the food and beverage director of Scratch Bar & Kitchen in Encino, California. “Champagne is at its essence a white wine, so why forgo the beautiful aromatics that a white wine glass is designed to emphasize? And if you're drinking out of wine glasses, I haven't come across any better than the Zaltos!”
Best Budget: Govino 8-Ounce Dishwasher SafeFlute
“If you're going outdoors with your bottle, Govino offers a great option for a stemless, shatterproof, and stackable wine glass that is both reusable and recyclable,” explains Matthew Pridgen, Underbelly Hospitality’s wine director.
Perfect for parks, picnics, and for celebrating with little ones around, this set of budget-friendly flutes are made of Tritan, a thin polymer, that makes the glasses almost completely shatterproof. Just because it’s plastic doesn’t mean it skips quality—the flexible, thoughtfully-designed glasses are crafted to reflect the wine’s color and perfectly display the aromatics.
These glasses skip the stem, replacing it with an ergonomic thumb indent and a contoured base designed to sit safely in your hand. Each kit comes with four, 8-ounce flutes that are dishwasher safe.
Best Coupe: VictoriaCrystalUK Fantail Gold Rimmed Champagne Coupes
“To my eye, the coupette rules over all others,” claims Joe Jones, the owner of Australia’s Romeo Lane. “Despite their delicate appearance, they have the capacity to be quite sturdy with their lower center of gravity and solid stems. This allows a certain confidence when you have to polish without feeling like you're handling eggshells. And we haven't even talked about their ability to stack well either—Champagne towers, people!”
Chloe Miranda, a sommelier at Santa Monica’s Birdie G’s, agrees. “When I'm feeling extra festive, I'll use a Coupe glass from the bar. If you're splurging, I love using cut-glass vintage-style coupes. They're so elegant!” This set of six crystal coupes is a beautiful, 1920s take on a Champagne glass—watch any black and white movie and you will find the leading lady raising a toast with a coupe.
“With Champagne (or all sparkling wine for that matter),” describes Miranda, “It is best to have a glass with a larger opening so that you can smell the aromas better, and it also helps to evenly disperse the bubbles. I know that's controversial because flutes are used so often, but for me, flutes don't allow the space to swish and smell, and the bubbles tend to feel more aggressive.”
Best Crystal: Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glass
“The traditional way to drink Champagne is to use coupe style glasses, however, these days flutes are more mainstream,” describes Piero Procida, the food and beverage director at The London West Hollywood. “For this purpose, I would recommend any flutes by Schott Zwiesel. Schott Zwiesel glasses look very elegant and are much cheaper than standard flutes—you don’t have to worry too much about breakage and can still offer an elegant looking glass that can work for both restaurants and your home.”
Pick from sets of two, four, or six. Rather than curving outwards, the flute shoots straight up, giving it a modern, minimalist appeal. “Sometimes the more simple and elegant looking the glass, the more the Champagne becomes the focal point and enjoyed more,” continues Procida. Each crystal glass is dishwasher safe, holds 7-ounces, and stands 9.9 inches tall.
Best Formal: Riedel Champagne Glass
“Overall, my favorite pick for more formal tasting glasses has to be the Riedel High-Performance Champagne Glass,” describes Carelo. “It is so elegant! The crystal bowl itself is light, airy, and formed at just the right angle to showcase visual appeal, preserve the bubbles, and really allow the wine to open up for the drinker to properly enjoy all of the aromas and flavors in the glass.” The Riedel brand has been producing highly-regarded luxury glassware out of Bohemia since 1756.
This same energy is transferred into Riedel’s everyday Champagne glass. Same elegant shape, same commitment to quality. The diamond-shaped machine-made glasses come packed in a set of four and hold 11.5 ounces of bubbly.
Best Design: Mark Thomas Double Bend Champagne Glasses
“I love to use the Mark Thomas Double Bend Champagne glasses because they are super lightweight,” describes Doreen Winkler, a natural wine sommelier and founder of Orange Glou wine club. “Their curved, thin shape makes for a special experience when used with Champagne—you can really feel its layers. These glasses are a splurge but really nice—I think that everyone should have two fancy Champagne glasses in the house!”
Made from lead-free crystal handcrafted in Austria, these glasses feature two subtle bends designed to showcase the flavors of any sparkling wine. They're also an excellent home for dessert wines, or vermouths, and amaro. Each glass holds 8 ounces of liquid and stands 8 inches tall.
Best Disposable: Chateau Plastic Champagne Flute
Entertaining for a crowd? Whether you’re tying the knot, celebrating a graduation, or toasting to an anniversary, a dash of Champagne is always in order. But who wants to purchase and clean dozens of crystal glasses? This set of plastic Champagne glasses channels all the energy of a traditional flute, without the fuss of real glass. The elegant gold rim and funky glitter design add a little sparkle to any cocktail hour and will look nice in photos.
At 6.5 ounces per glass, there is more than enough room for a celebratory Champagne toast in each glass. They're made with heavy-duty durable plastic and have 36 glasses per package. When the night is finished, the glasses can be hand washed for future events or recycled.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Kate Dingwall is a sommelier and spirits writer. She has been writing about the bar and spirits world for five years and has her BarSmarts and WSET certification. She interviewed seven Champagne experts for this article.