Special glass types

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Over the centuries, various specific glasses have come to be associated with different wine types.

champagne and other sparkling wines were for long drunk in a flat, saucer-like glass called a coupe, but this has been abandoned in favour of the tall flute, which preserves the wine’s mousse. This has evolved into a slightly more bulbous tulipe, which combines height with narrowing towards the rim.

In Spain, sherry has traditionally been served in the copita, and tastes infinitely better in a part-filled glass in this elongated tulip shape than it does brimming over a cut-glass thimble as it is so often served elsewhere.