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Monday 11 December 2017

That's why champagne tastes best in a flute...

DIFFERENT shaped glasses really do affect the experience of drinking champagne, a study has shown.

Bubbly poured into a long narrow flute provides more of a nose-tingle than when served in a wide and shallow 'coupe'.

The reason is that much higher levels of carbon dioxide, released by bubbles in the glass, collect at the top of a flute.

Carbon dioxide irritates sensory nerves in the nose, giving rise to the well known tingling sensation that accompanies drinking champagne.

Scientists used sophisticated gas-analysis technology to test the effect of either pouring champagne into a flute or a coupe.



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Infrared imaging was also employed to visualise gas escaping from the champagne surface.

The effect of bubbles is an essential part of the champagne drinkers experience, the French researchers stressed in the online journal Public Library of Science ONE.

Dr Gerard Liger-Belair and colleagues, from the University of Reims, wrote: "From the consumer point of view, the role of bubbling is indeed essential in champagne, in sparkling wines, and even in any other carbonated beverage.

"Without bubbles, champagne would be unrecognisable, beers and sodas would be flat. However, the role of effervescence is suspected to go far beyond the solely aesthetical point of view."

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