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Champagne: Is the Flute a Fraud?

What's with all the hating on the Champagne flute? I can't pop a cork without it landing on an anti-flute screed. The latest (dis)missive comes from Kirk Peterson, an Advanced Sommelier, writing in Vegas Seven. I appreciate people dispelling wine myths, but if I don't stand up for the flute, who will? "Stop drinking your sparkling wine out of the wrong glass," Peterson begins. "The common Champagne flute is, sadly, a fraud, and it’s time to expose it as such."

I respect the notion of pouring Champagne into a white or red wine glass to be able to shove your sniffer into it and have extra aroma appreciation. But the brilliant, focused, and often astonishing cascade of a billion wondrous bubbles you witness in a flute is a pleasure-producing tempest that I have a hard time eschewing.

Peterson goes on to advise people not to worry about making the "wrong" (which he puts in quotes) choice when it comes to pairing wine with food. So, along those lines, why is it "wrong" to put Champagne in a flute?

To paraphrase a song: If loving the Champagne flute is wrong, I don't want to be right.

Stop drinking your sparkling wine out of the wrong glass. The common Champagne flute is, sadly, a fraud, and it’s time to expose it as such. - See more at: http://vegasseven.com/2014/04/01/dispelling-wine-myths/#sthash.7dIIxkP0.dpuf
Stop drinking your sparkling wine out of the wrong glass. The common Champagne flute is, sadly, a fraud, and it’s time to expose it as such. - See more at: http://vegasseven.com/2014/04/01/dispelling-wine-myths/#sthash.7dIIxkP0.dpuf
Stop drinking your sparkling wine out of the wrong glass. The common Champagne flute is, sadly, a fraud, and it’s time to expose it as such. - See more at: http://vegasseven.com/2014/04/01/dispelling-wine-myths/#sthash.7dIIxkP0.dpuf



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