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Coupes are fun, but poorly designed. They tend to slosh over, and because they are top-heavy, one tends to hold the bowl, warming the champagne too swiftly.

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Today’s geekiest wine enthusiasts have cleared their cupboards of flutes. These days, they’re drinking champagne out of regular white wine glasses. The flute gained popularity around 50 years ago as the coupe — the sherbet-style glass folklore claims was molded from Marie Antoinette’s left breast — fell out of favour. But like the coupe, it’s a terrible vessel for enjoying champagne. While coupes are fun, they’re designed poorly. Like martini glasses, coupes are prone to slosh over. They’re top-heavy, so one inevitably holds the bowl, thus warming champagne too swiftly.  The flute is just as bad. It was designed purely for aesthetics; although the glass’s slender walls preserve and accentuate champagne’s bubbles, the elongated shape does nothing for champagne’s unique aromas. No one in the Champagne region uses flutes. In cellars, white wine glasses are the rule. Most restaurants prefer tulip-shaped stems — while slim at the base, these glasses gradually open to a wide bowl that then narrows slightly towards the top. Flutes are fine for celebratory toasts with trivial sparkling wines and work well with festive, bubbly cocktails like French 75s. Manhattans and many other cocktails are best served in coupes. With real Champagne, though, skip both. Serious wines deserve serious glasses.  David White is the author of But First, Champagne: A Modern Guide to the World’s Favorite Wine. He is a contributor to Grape Collective and the founder and editor of Terroirist.com, one of the world’s most popular wine blogs.

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