What is the best glass for Prosecco?
The best glass for Prosecco Superiore is tulip-shaped; wider than a flute with a slight taper at the mouth and narrower than a coupe glass.
Riedel have a specially designed 'Prosecco Superiore glass', which is available from our online shop.
Why does the style of glass matter?
You might not believe this but the glass REALLY does make a difference to the aroma and taste (and bubbles in the case of sparkling) of fine wine, such as Prosecco Superiore.
We have tested our sparkling wines with different glass styles together with Riedel, the world’s best manufacturer of wine glasses. Take a look at our blog about the Prosecco glass testing.
Grape structures have different levels of gravity. Grape varieties have differing structures. Grape aromas have varying levels of gravity which react differently to various shapes of glass.
Different parts of your tongue are more sensitive to certain tastes. When drinking wine from a glass, the shape of the glass determines where the wine first hits your tongue. Because of this, the wine can taste differently as we interpret our inital taste impression in less than a second! Riedel take this into consideration when designing their beautiful glasses.
Riedel understand the complexities affecting aroma, taste and bubbles and have designed their glasses especially to accentuate the characteristics of the different grape structures.
import duty in the UK is cheaper for Frizzante than Spumante, as it is classed as a still wine.
There is a third style of Prosecco; Tranquillo. This is a still Prosecco with no bubbles.
Who are Riedel?
Riedel, founded in 1756, is recognised as the world's best manufacturer of glassware. Their HQ is in Austria, with a UK division in Staffordshire. They are owned by the Riedel family.
Riedel created different glass shapes to match grape varieties over 40 years ago. The company's philosophy is the right glass matched to a wine can acentuate the wine's aroma and taste characteristics.
Riedel's glassware can be found in many top restaurants and hotels throughout the world.
Why are flutes and coupes not recommended?
Traditional flutes are too narrow to allow fine sparkling wine such as Prosecco Superiore and even quality Champagne, to breathe and allow the beautiful aromas to develop and a superior taste.
Coupes are too wide and allow the bubbles to disperse too quickly. The wide opening allows the aroma to escape, preventing the drinker from enjoying the full impact of the delightful aromas.
Wider, tulip-shaped glasses gives a softer taste to the wine, compared to a sharper taste in flute. An Extra Dry Proseco could taste like a Brut style in a flute.
Why do flutes and coupes exist if they are not recommended?
Flutes are great at retaining bubbles due to a small surface area.
It is believed there were created mainly for commercial purposes, as well as retaining the bubbles. A 125ml measure looks like a full glass compared to 125ml in a larger tulip-shaped glass!
It's rare that you'll ever you see Proseco served from a flute in Italy. It is more likely to be a white wine glass or a proper Prosecco glass.
Similarly, top Champagne houses in France rarely serve their premium Champagne from narrow flutes preferring to opt for a tulip-shaped glass.
Legend has it the shape of the coupe was modelled on the breast of Marie Antoinette, but the glass was designed especially for sparkling wine and Champagne in England in 1663.
Of course, you can drink your Prosecco from whatever glass you like. Just remember that you will get an improved experience in terms of aroma and taste of a higher quality sparkling wine like Prosecco Superiore in a tulip-shaped glass.
What glasses are recommend for Prosecco and sparkling wine?
Tulip-shaped glasses are better for fine sparkling wine such as Prosecco Superiore.
We recommed the Riedel Prosecco Superiore glasses or the Riedel Ouverture Champagne/Prosecco glasses, both available from our shop. Both tried and tested with Riedel UK. See our blogs.
If you don't wish to invest in new glasses, try using a white white glass instead of a narrow flute.
Try experimenting at home with different glasses to see what works for you. Read our blog about this.
The Prosecco Superiore glass is currently only availabe for retail sale from Just Perfect Wines. Buy it now and discover the perfect sparkling experience for yoursef.
Before Riedel launched their Prosecco Superiroe glass, the Riedel Ouverture Champagne glass came out top in our tests. It's great for Prosecco and Champagne. Read our blog. The glasses are also available from our online shop.
The Riedel glasses are very elegant, made from high quality crystal and are dishwasher proof. Just perfect!