I’m not a nerd about wine glasses – most in my collection are freebies from wine festivals and tastings, embossed with a winery or sponsor name. (My favorite for years has proudly boasted Kroger, and I don’t even shop there.) But ever since I visited Champagne in 2007, I’ve been hunting for the perfect Champagne glass. I noticed my hosts at the various houses and domaines were not using the traditional flute glass, but one more like a tulip bulb. These weren’t regular wine glasses, though – they were wider just above the middle rather than the near the bottom. This allowed the bubbles to rise but also gave me a chance to stick my nose in the glass and savor the aromas. Have you ever tried to do that with a flute?
When I asked about the glasses, my French hosts were infuriatingly unhelpful. Why would they care what brand the glasses were? For them, the luxury was in the Champagne and its label (theirs), and that’s where they wanted me to focus my attention. But I kept marveling at those glasses. So for the last five years, I’ve been trying to find them here. I finally succeeded.
On Friday, my wife and I toasted our anniversary with Bruno Paillard Première Cuvée rosé in these delightful glasses. They’re French, of course, made by Peugeot. I found them on a website called BestWineGlass.com. There was one other glass that came close to this shape, the Schott Zwiesel Top Ten Vintage Champagne glass. It was larger and a little cheaper, but I love the look of the Peugeot, especially with the hand-blown touch at the bottom of the glass, a fine launching point for the bead of bubbles.
Maybe tonight we’ll celebrate a record-setting heat wave …