FOUR WAYS TO GET THE BEST FROM YOUR BUB­BLES

Fizzing with ex­cite­ment for the party sea­son? Davy Zyw, au­thor of 101 Cham­pagnes And Other Sparkling Wines To Try Be­fore You Die, gives you some knowhow...

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1. Shape

The shape of the glass will chan­nel aro­mas and smells in the right di­rec­tion. The shape will also dic­tate the per­sis­tence and dis­play of bub­bles; the nar­rower and taller the glass, the smaller the ra­tio of air to wine, keep­ing those cheeky bub­bles alive for longer.

2. A nor­mal wine glass is bet­ter than a flute

Like fine wine, a cer­tain amount of oxy­gen is needed to open and aer­ate the aro­mas and flavours of cham­pagne. The shape of the flute in­hibits the style, and can hide the taste. I’m hap­pier drink­ing my cham­pers out of nor­mal wine glasses, so I can fully ap­pre­ci­ate the aro­mas and tastes re­leased in the glass.

3. Farewell to flutes!

Although flutes are vis­ually pleas­ing, they do not best show­case the qual­ity of cham­pagne in the glass; in fact they im­pede it. They are fine for simple fizzers at par­ties, but if you have a spe­cial bot­tle you want to savour, then flutes will lit­er­ally re­strict the flavour.

4. Show re­spect

Many sparkling wines, es­pe­cially cham­pagnes, have taken years or decades to make. It would be a shame to undo all that time in a few sec­onds by us­ing the wrong ves­sel. So, next time you pop a cork, do your­self a flavour favour and use a proper glass.

n 101Cham­pagnes And Other Sparkling Wines To Try Be­fore You Die by Davy Zyw, is pub­lished by Bir­linn, priced £14.99

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