To Coupe, Flute or Tulip at The Sun Met 2020 Top

To Coupe, Flute or Tulip
at The Sun Met 2020

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The pop of a cork is always a reason to celebrate – precisely what we'll be doing at The Sun Met 2020 with the official celebration partner, House of BNG.

Bubbly is a decadent indulgence, especially when it's a brand that's on everyone's lips, like House of BNG. To savour the experience, you need to seriously consider the bubbles, which play a significant role in the enjoyment of your drink. Aromatic molecules in bubbly stick to the bubbles as they rise to the top of your glass. When the bubbles reach the top, they pop, releasing the aroma of your bubbly. And as you know, fragrance heightens the experience of anything you indulge in.

Here's a guide to picking a glass to bring out the best in your bubbly at The Sun Met 2020:

The Coupe

A throw-back to a more regal era, the Coupe glass has a rather interesting history. Legend has it that it was moulded from the shape of Marie Antoinette's breast because she wanted the 17th century Palace of Versailles to toast to her health. However, historians have refuted this with evidence that the Coupe was invented in the 16th century, 1663 England to be exact.

Regardless of its exact origins, the Coupe has come to represent the opulence of a bygone era. While the glass will elevate your bubbly experience (and Instagram pics) to regal #levels, a Coupe may not be the best way to enjoy your bubbly. The wide and short shape of the glass causes the bubbles to dissipate more quickly, lessening the aroma, explains Lloyd Livingstone-Blevins, Assistant Food and Beverage Manager at The Maslow Hotel in Sandton. "It can also affect the taste, making your bubbly taste softer than it would in other glasses."

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The Flute

The 1950s saw a rise in popularity of the Flute, which offered less spillage than the generously rimmed Coupe. Easily recognisable for its long stem, many bubbly connoisseurs believed the Flute preserved bubbles for longer and thus created a lingering experience. Not true, says Lloyd. Its appeal is more visual rather than how long bubbles are preserved.

"Many agree that the Flute is more visually appealing as you can watch the bubbles going up the long stem as you drink. However, what happens is the aromas – what we call the nose in the industry – also quickly rise to the top and thus losing flavour."

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The Tulip

According to sommeliers, wine experts and – would you believe – physicists, a Tulip glass gives the most satisfying bubbly experience. "The wider base of the glass allows for more aeration causing more bubbles to erupt from the liquid, which are then concentrated as the stem narrows," explains Lloyd. "The result is very satisfying. You get all those beautiful aromas which heighten the sensory experience of the drinking bubbly."

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Ultimately, you can use any of the three glasses; however, each one will offer a different drinking experience.

About the Sun Met 2020

Proudly hosted by Sun International, The Sun Met returns to the Kenilworth Racecourse on 1 February 2020. The theme is African Luxury: Visionaries with House of BNG by Bonang Matheba as the official celebration partner.

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