The Proper Way to Hold a Champagne Glass

The Proper Way to Hold a Champagne Glass

Traditionally, Champagne is either sipped standing up or sipped sitting down (even though I’ve known people who prefer to lay down). 

Let see how many are the ways in which you can hold a champagne glass

There are two ways to hold the glass when standing. 

In the case of a woman, you can hold the stem of the glass while stretching your little finger (as if you were taking a sip of tea). 

The glass can also be held with your thumb and forefinger (like a beer mat). 

I would prefer the first method over the second method despite it not being the most elegant. As a result of the second method (the reception position), the glass is more likely to fall out of your hand if you step on someone’s foot (and this happens more often today than it did in the past). 

The second method can be used by any man regardless of his height. 

As far as etiquette is concerned, you shouldn’t rest your elbow on your stomach.

When seated, it is imperative to use your first hand to hold the glass. It is never a good idea to hold the glass from the top. 

Therefore, the Champagne becomes heated, which wasn’t the intention. 

Those things should not be done that way. 

Glasses should never be clattering together. 

It may be to your benefit to raise your glass or shout something intriguing while looking in the eyes of your guests (s).

As with the Champagne flute, the Champagne coupe or saucer should be held by pinching the stem similarly. Another option is holding the rim. 

In the United States, liquids should be filled to about 34 percent of a coupe. 

The goal is to prevent the lip from getting too warm.

The Proper Way to Hold a Champagne Glass

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1. Assembling a Champagne glass from the stem

Holding a champagne glass from stem

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This is how people hold crystal champagne glasses in pictures and at new year’s parties. 

The bottom of the bowl of champagne is where many novices put their hands, despite this fact.

Inexperienced champagne drinkers typically make this error by placing their hands very close to the bowl’s base.

The thumb and forefinger must rest on the stem of the champagne glass, while your remaining finger should rest at the base. Several fingers will do, or all of them will do.

2. Grasping the rim of the Champagne glass

Holding a champagne glass from rim

Champagne glasses are rarely filled all the way to the rim, so the rim is the best place to place the glass.

With your thumb and one or two fingers on the opposite ends of the bottle rim, hold it, and let the rest of your fingers hover around the side. 

As an alternative, you can use all of your fingers to grip the rim for extra security.

The coupe form of champagne is the most common, but flutes and tulips don’t make as much sense.

3. Holding a Champagne glass from a Tulip

Holding a champagne glass from tulip

Tulip glasses have a rounder shape than coupe glasses, but retain the narrow rims of flute glasses. These types of beverages were developed for those who don’t like champagne. 

A tulip glass is the best glass to use to fully enjoy champagne’s taste and the bubbly qualities.

When you serve champagne and sparkling wine chilled, they will taste better.  Holding champagne flutes by their bowl will warm them when held by your hands.  It is, of course, natural for wine and champagne to lose temperature when this occurs.  A friend of mine once told me that warm wine tastes like butter.  (blech!)

Types of Champagne Glass

Champagne glasses and sparkling wine glasses come in a variety of styles and shapes. The bowl shape and size of some models are different, as well as the number of stems in some models.

Flute Glasses

Champagne is instantly associated with a fluted glass. These containers are tall and narrow, and are designed for retaining bubbles for a long time.

Use a long stem to prevent heat from spreading between your hand and the bowl when playing a flute. 

This method allows you to enjoy wine at its full character at the serving temperature.

Champagne Tulips

Chmapagne Tulips

These champagne glasses have a wider bowl than many flutes and a narrower top, as you can see from the pictures. It would be better to fill this glass only half-way, at its widest point, but why? A bowl filled with aromas is contained by a glass, so it is prevented from spilling into the air. Thus, your overall experience will be improved with a better taste, aroma, and flavour.

You will not smudge your finger marks on the bowl, since the flute has a surface that you would do so with. When you watch the bubbles erupt from the bottom of the glass, you will not be distracted.

Coupe Glasses

Old-fashioned’ Champagne glasses have cups and saucers, which are traditional Champagne glasses. 

Typically, these glass types are associated with a time when there were fewer types of glass and fewer of them. 

The shape of Champagne does not reflect the shapes above, but it is quite elegant, sophisticated, and traditional.

Stemless Glasses

It’s common to find champagne glasses without stems in the shape of flutes without stems. 

It is common to serve them with white wine or sparkling wine, but they can also work well at informal gatherings.

A downside to this type of glass is it’ll, unfortunately, leave you with finger marks on the glass, and you’ll inadvertently be warming the chilled liquid inside the glass by using your hand. 

It is, however, a unique and quirky design and something that is a little bit different to your average champagne glass.


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