Pop the Bubbly! The Best Champagne Glasses & Temperature to Ring in the New Year

Happy Holidays and almost New Year Tippler Nation. This week in the spirit of the upcoming holiday I wanted to talk a
little about the tradition of bubbly on New Year’s Eve. But before I do that
let’s get practical for the upcoming holiday and talk about how to choose the
perfect glass and have a perfect sip for your party. I mean who doesn’t love the
sound of that pop as the bubbly is opened and while I know popping your
champagne is usually frowned upon it’s virtually unheard of to not do it on New
Year’s Eve but if you’re saving a special bottle or splurging on the good
stuff for the transition into 2018 then you want to make sure those bubbles are
as happy as they can be. So first things first, temperature, if it’s a young or non
vintage bubbly it’s really best to serve ice cold but if it’s aged or vintage
it’s actually best to serve it around 40 to 45 degrees instead of ice-cold. So how
do you manage that if you don’t have a temperature controlled wine fridge? I
would suggest putting your room-temperature bottle in the fridge
only about 90 minutes before you want to pop the cork and you’ll get pretty close.
So not before the party even starts like most people do. Alright next let’s have a
quick primer on the three most common champagne glasses. The coupe, the flute,
and the tulip. So the coupe, the coupe is a classic. A throwback. Something that
brings us all to visions of the Great Gatsby. And while I personally love this glass myself, if you’re going to use it. I wouldn’t serve particularly high quality
champagne or bubbly since it doesn’t capture the aroma sufficiently and the
bubbles dissipate too quickly. That being said if you’re someone who dislikes
effervescence, like one of my aunts, this may actually be the perfect glass for
you since your champagne will flatten out rather quickly due to this surface
area here. Since the shape is so festive and fun though, I don’t know, maybe
consider using this for your welcome cocktail earlier in the evening instead.
Okay, onto the flute. The flute is the most widely used champagne glass and I’m sure you all recognize it. This glass captures the bubbles wonderfully and
because of the ever so slight etching at the base it allows the bubbles to
release to the surface quickly meaning more aroma and fizz for you which is
exactly what we’re looking for with champagne. However, if you have an older more
complex champagne you might want to take your glassware a step further and try a
tulip glass. So this slight outward flare right here, it gives the flavors and aroma more room to develop while also dispersing the bubbles on your tongue a
bit more effectively. So if you had a special bottle, I would probably use this
glass over all others to maximize the appreciation and enjoyment of that
bottle, So survey says the tulip glass it’s really the best glassware for
champagne or bubbly in my opinion but a flute will certainly do in most
instances and a coupe can be incredibly fun for a themed party but it won’t
showcase your bubbly in the best light. If you want to stock up on champagne
glasses in time for your next party, head on over to our website to shop our
favorites for all three of these types of glassware. All right, so now you know
how to serve your bubbly but why do we drink this festive wine on New Year’s
Eve in the first place? Let’s have a quick little effervescent history lesson.
All right, so originally in the start of the new year using the pagan calendar was actually the vernal equinox. That time of year
when winter becomes spring. And back in the early Roman days this timing made a
lot of sense given the heavy kind of agrarian culture and how hard winters
were to survive, quite honestly. Enter Julius Caesar who decided to add two
months to the been poorly defined calendar. Apparently back then you could do things like that – just add a couple months to the calendar. So when he did he introduced
the month of January named for the God Janus who had two faces which allowed
him to look both forward and backwards. Apropos for the start of a new year, no?
So, Caesar insisted that Roman consuls began their term on this new first day
of January and thus the celebration of the start of a new year moved here. This
new celebration spread across Europe and eventually to the Americas. It started to
become common to stay awake until midnight and back in the 1800s
one of the traditions was to roam from house to house at midnight to be invited in and served a drink. At this time champagne was only
one of many options, but as taverns and certain houses began serving subpar punches and potentially dangerous concoctions, maybe a cost savings effort,
a move to the more trusted bubbly in a bottle began to take hold. And also
while the sound of firearms at midnight was also once commonplace it slowly began to be augmented and then replaced with the sound of champagne
corks popping. A much safer alternative, if you ask me. So in the late 1800s champagne
makers began actually marketing campaign as a drink for celebration specifically
and in 1937 a restaurant in New York City, Martins, was the first on record to
serve champagne only after 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve cementing it as the drink of the fortunate in festive. Which it most certainly is! So now with all of
this newfound information go forth Tipler Nation and enjoy your New Year’s
Eve. May 2018 be your best year yet. Cheers! I’m back as a quick reminder the crafty
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