The (happy) demise of the flute?

champagne flute

“It is my goal that the flute will be obsolete by the day that I pass away,” said Maximilian Riedel, chief executive of Riedel Crystalin, in an interview with Decanter a few weeks ago.

“As regular readers will be aware,” write the magazine’s editors, “tall, thin flutes have come to dominate Champagne quaffing for several decades, replacing the shallow, bowl-shaped ‘coupe’ — at least partially by virtue of their ability to maintain more fizz. More recently, so-called tulip glasses, with a range of bulging midriffs, have gained popularity for some vintage and more premium Champagnes.”

When Barone Pizzini manager Silvano Brescianini sent us this link, he noted that he — like many of his counterparts — believes that wider aperture stemware helps to enhance the sparkling wine experience.

The very fact that the flute does not allow the drinker to swirl the wine is an indication of the impediment it creates when tasting sparkling wine.

The flute may be ideal for maintaining the wine’s fizziness. But it also inhibits the wine’s aeration and it poses physical challenges for the wine lover who wants to stick her/his nose into the glass!

As you prepare for your New Year’s eve celebration, we invite you to consider a wider-brimmed glass for your sparkling wine (ideally Barone Pizzini, of course!).

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