HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST GLASS FOR SPARKLING WINE

When it comes to enjoying sparkling wine to the full, a well-chosen glass can be your secret weapon. Wine responds to its surroundings from the very first pour and a good glass will bring out its best.

Ridgeview Blanc de Noirs with sparkling wine glass

SPARKLING WINE GLASS ESSENTIALS

How we interpret wine is a sensory experience (engaging sight, smell and taste) and your glass plays a big part in that. These simple guidelines make it easy to choose a glass that highlights the unique qualities of your sparkling wine.

  • Choose a tulip-shaped glass with a tapered lip to concentrate and express the aromatic bouquet fully.
  • When it comes to material, glass or crystal is recommended, but shape is the most important part of the story.
  • A clear glass with a long, thin stem is ideal, preventing the warmth of your hand from affecting the wine's temperature. Plus, it allows you to appreciate the wine's colour, character and mousse.
  • A rounded base and narrow opening encourage bubbles to form and rise at just the right pace.
  • The quality of glass is key. Beyond complementing the wine, a high-quality glass will stand the test of time for a lifetime of joyful celebrations.

WHAT'S THE BEST GLASS FOR ENGLISH SPARKLING WINE?

Riedel Wine Glass Company (founded in 1756) were the first to recognise that the taste and aroma of wine is affected by the shape of the glass. Renowned for the creation of grape varietal-specific stemware, Riedel introduced a new specialised English sparkling wine glass in 2023 – the Riedel Veloce.

The Riedel Veloce English Sparkling Wine Glass

Developed after extensive independent tastings at English vineyards (concluding at Ridgeview’s home vineyard in Sussex), the Riedel Veloce English Sparkling Wine Glass design was found.┬áPraised as the perfect glass to experience the complex characteristics of English Sparkling Wine, it is based on their classic Riesling shape, with the addition of a ‘sparkling point’ to aid the formation of the bubbles.

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