In the last post entitled Champagne Stemware: Coupes, Flutes and Tulips, I was comparing the different styles of barware for serving champagne.
Our friend Ben Reierson, a wine aficionado currently living in Australia, immediately asked about stemless champagne flutes that are currently gaining in popularity.
I should have mentioned them in the last post as an option to stemware altogether. From these Google images you can readily see their simplicity and elegance.
My first exposure to stemless wine glasses was many years ago when traveling to Yugoslavia, East Germany and other former eastern-block nations, where stemware seemed to be regarded as something decadent from the west.
Perhaps so, but there's a reason beyond decadence:
Stemware is to wine and champagne the exact same thing beer koozies are to brew - a practical way to prevent the hand from warming the beverage.
Conversely, the very short stem on a brandy glass intentionally allows this after dinner drink to be warmed by the fingers and palm, which enhances the flavor.
So I don't know.
Choosing an elegant stemless flute over traditional stemware unfortunately means your champagne is going to warm up rather quickly.
Not a really great tradeoff to my way of thinking.
But then, I suppose you could always put a beer koozie on it, right?
Thanks for dropping by tonight, and thanks Ben for bringing this up.