New Year’s Eve is here, and with it come family gatherings, celebrations and many moments that allow us to uncork our favourite champagne and toast the future. While it is true that at this time of the year the role of sparkling wine is particularly special, we should not forget that their bubbles also may accompany us during the rest of the year at any time, and if we want to taste it properly, it is important to know what glasses are best.
The truth is that we can find plenty of different shapes at the market, but we advise choosing transparent and thin crystal sparkling wine glasses, without decorations or colours, since they must allow assessing the general appearance of cava or champagne, the quality of its bubbles, its transparency and colour shades. The aim to achieve is a glass that allows the bubbles to rise naturally keeping the temperature as low as possible and to promote appreciating the aromas and flavours of wine.
There are basically four types of shapes that we have seen on countless occasions:
- Pompadour: It has a wide opening and its bowl is short in height, features that don’t make it ideal for tasting sparkling wine, as the gas escapes very quickly and its shape favours the liquid to warm up.
- Flute: This glass is tall and narrow, something useful to keep the bubbles and the temperature of cava, but negative to appreciate its aromas.
- Trumpet: A very popular type of glass, which allows you to appreciate the aroma, but because of its overly narrow base, may not be ideal for the correct release of the bubbles.
- Tulip: Probably the best choice since its broadest shape from the base and flared rim allow a proper release of bubbles and, at the same time, appreciating the aroma and correctly tasting the sparkling wine, keeping the temperature low.
- Wine glass: Experts recommend using normal wine glasses to taste exceptional sparkling wines, as they are specifically designed to favour the tasting.
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