Wine, sparkling wine and champagne

Serve wine, sparkling wine and similar drinks in style

The right wine with a meal

As every wine enthusiast knows, the glass makes all the difference. Depending on the type of wine, the right glass helps intensify the aromas.

This is why we recommend choosing the right wine and the perfect wine glass for each course of the meal.

Beef – a full-bodied red wine

If you like serving a delicious roast beef, it’s best served with a velvety, full-bodied red wine with strawberry notes – such as Pinot Noir or a Spanish Rioja. The wide diamond-patterned goblet from our Boston red wine glass collection brings out the aromas of the wine excellently. The red and green versions make for an especially Christmassy mood.

Wine recommendation: Avior Reserva 2011
(black cherry, cassis, vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate, cedar)

Fish - a light white or rosé

In many families, salmon or pikeperch are a fixture of the traditional menu. This pairs best with crisp, light wines such as Chardonnay or Pinot Blanc. The Octavie white wine glasses have an intriguing shape for the enjoyment of the wine’s subtle elegance – thanks to the festive, brilliant diamond-cut design and broad round goblet, which is perfect for emphasizing a delicate bouquet.

Wine recommendation: Viña Tobía Rosado 2015
(red plum, strawberry, raspberry)

Vegetarian – a dry or fruity wine

For those who prefer a vegetarian holiday feast, fruity wines are the best recommendation. A red Beaujolais, for instance, pairs excellently with steamed vegetables and gratins. A semi-dry Pino Gris or Grüner Veltliner is a real treat when served with grilled vegetables, risotto or salads. No matter what you choose, the simple elegance of the Entrée collection offers the perfect red and white wine glasses for your feast.

Wine recommendation: Albet i Noya Curiós Xarel.lo 2015
(lime, quince, white peach, fennel, grass)

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Sparkling wine or champagne – The subtle difference

Sparkling wine is the term currently used to refer to all quality sparkling wines that cannot be called Champagne. Yet there are still strict rules that apply to quality sparkling wines. For example, the carbonation of the base wine must only originate from the secondary fermentation. The subsequent aging period is nine months, and the finished sparkling wine must have at least 3.5 bar of pressure at 20°C and 10% alcohol by volume.

Champagne always comes from the Champagne region in France. This means that only sparkling wine that is produced in the Champagne region according to the “méthode champenoise” is allowed to be called champagne. This special bottle fermentation involves adding a specific mixture of cane and beet sugar and yeast to create the conditions for the second fermentation. Grape varieties that are permitted are Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay harvested by hand. The required minimum aging period for vintageless champagnes is 15 months. Champagne must be sealed with a natural cork.

The champagne tulip

A champagne tulip is a high glass and a conical shape that tapers down towards the relatively short stem. The name comes from the shape of the glass, which resembles a tulip. The upward tapering section of the tulip allows the aroma to concentrate in the upper section of the glass and minimizes dissipation due to the relatively small surface area. The tulip is therefore perfect shape for connoisseurs to enjoy Champagne.

Our recommendation: a good Champagne from the Allegorie Premium Champagne (300 mm) glasses,which have a very elegant shape that pairs well with dishes decorated with gold or platinum.

The champagne flute

Developed in early Italy, the flute became the prevailing champagne glass over the course of the 18th and 19th century. The bowl of a champagne flute (also sparkling wine or sparkling wine tip or sparkling wine fountain) is raised and slightly everted at the rim to preserve the bouquet thanks to the narrow area. Thanks to the long stem of the flute, the sparkling wine stays cold when holding the glass in your hand – assuming you hold the glass by the stem, or better yet, at the base.

Our recommendation: Greet your guests with a good sparkling wine or champagne served in Purismo Specials champagne flutes.