A special occasion calls for a special glass, and that’s definitely the case when it comes to Champagne. Whether it’s a toast for a wedding or a cheers to a new job, we’ve seen a variety of vessels for the obligatory bubbly.

There’s the ubiquitous Champagne flute, which is both iconic and timeless. Easy to hold and difficult to spill, flutes are the go-to for Champagne and other sparkling whites. However, in the spirit of Prohibition and “The Great Gatsby,” the Champagne coupe is making a comeback.

The Differences Between Champagne Flutes and Coupe Glasses

The Champagne flute is a must-have for celebrations and parties. Tall, slender, and fun to clink, Champagne flutes radiate elegance and class. These Champagne flutes are suitable for any kind of bubbly, whether it’s Champagne, Prosecco, or a sparkling Portuguese white.

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The Champagne coupe, on the other hand, is shorter and wider than the flute. While some rumors suggest the coupe was modeled after Marie Antoinette’s breast, the design does serve a particular function. The extra volume provided by the wide shape of the glass creates more surface area for the bubbly to be exposed to air. In turn, the Champagne is able to interact with more oxygen, allowing the flavors and aromas of your bubbly to develop over time. The coupe has also become a popular glass for cocktails like Martinis and Manhattans.

It’s helpful to have both flutes and coupes, as not everyone drinks Champagne and the coupes can double as straight-up cocktail glasses.

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