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Beautiful Sparkling Wine Glasses
Most celebrations we attend socially contain an element of sparkling wine. I enjoy a nice glass of sparkling wine, usually appreciating the taste of the wine rather than the type of wine. I have enjoyed glasses of Champagne, Cava, Prosecco or Cremant.
Along with the sparkling wine, I do appreciate appropriate stemware. I feel it makes the occasion a little more special.
I often find that giving a set of celebration stemware as an engagement or wedding present is well received.
All of the photographs on this lens are taken by myself on my trusty Nikon D90 Camera.
There are many different types of 'fizzy' wines, there is the sparkling wine from France called Champagne. The strict legal structures in the European Union and many other countries mean that only wine produced exclusively in the Champange region and made in accordance with Comite Interprofessional du Vin de Champagne regulations can be called Champange.
Only the Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier grapes are used in the production of Champagne, and Champagne appellation law only allows grapes grown in designated plots to be used in the production of Champagne.
Italian Prosecco is a sparkling wine, drunk at any occasion in Italy. Unlike Champagne, Prosecco doesn't forment in the bottle and should be drunk as young as possible. This is not a wine for storing away for years in preparation of a special occasion.
Flutes - Stemware
I think flutes look very elegant. A flute is a tall narrow glass with a narrow bowl. The reason for having a longer stem is to ensure that you do not affect the temperature of the glass by cupping the liquid. The narrow bowl is designed to ensure that the carbonation is retained for longer as it has a small surface area.
Stemmed Champagne Flutes
A great selection of Champange (fizzy wine) Flutes to suit every budget.
Cava Sparkling Wine
A lovely sparkling wine from Spain. Cava may be white or pink. I love a girlie celebration using pink Cava,
Hollow Champagne Flutes
The first Champagne Flutes I bought were hollow stemmed. We were just setting up house and I thought they were so sophisticated. They are, but they are also very easy to knock over. They look amazing if you are having an adult only Celebration, but if you are inviting children be aware that they shouldn't be left sitting on a table where little people are able to knock them over.
Hollow Champagne Flutes
These flutes are beautiful. It is amazing to see the bubbles from your fizzy wine of choice swirl about in the glass. Very romantic.
A lovely sparkling wine from Italy. A Prosecco is usually a dry or very dry wine. I have 'tasted' some that have suited my palette more than others. It's a personal thing and not only driven by cost. Some acceptably priced sparkling wine can be just as delightful as an expensive bottle. Try it and don't be fooled by the snobbery of some hobbyists.
A Champagne Coupe or Champagne Saucer appeared to go out of fashion for a while. I love them and have recently bought a set of them to use when we celebrated our son's 18th birthday. It is a shallow, broad bowled stemmed glass usually used at weddings as they are easy to stack to make a champagne tower, which as we know always looks impressive.
I have some champagne glasses similar to these ones, I love the weight of them.
The traditional sparkling wine from the Champagne region of France.
I always wash my precious glasses by hand. Place a tea towel in the bottom of the washbasin or sink, fill with warm water, add a mild detergent and wash the glasses one at a time. Rinse with clean warm water and dry with a soft cotton cloth. My Mom adds a capful of vinegar to the rinsing water, as she feels it adds sparkle to the glasses.
Do you have a favorite?
Which is your favorite Sparkling Wine?
Crystal Champagne Buckets
A crystal ice champagne bucket is probably not something you would buy for yourself, but they do make wonderful presents and are always appreciated.
Which type of stemware appeals to you?