How To Hold a Champagne Glass [Appropriate Etiquette Anywhere Anytime]

Champagne is one bottle that is sure not to lack a presence at any unique function of class and style. It is a fantastic centerpiece for a any celebration with an audience of three and beyond. Bringing grace and sparks to that family thanksgiving, an office celebration, a graduation party etc, a bottle of champagne fits in just fine, and a filled glass works magic on a cold Friday night when hanging out with friends. There is always something about it popping, pouring, etc that brings out the fire and excitement in the audience, and of course the taste doesn’t disappoint.

However, inspite the popularity and spark of this drink, not everyone have successfully mastered the subtle art of how to hold a champagne glass properly. Hence, the need for this article. In it are specially handpicked tips to efficiently and easily guide you on how to hold a champagne glass rightly at any function.


Step 1: Choose Your Glass

How To Hold a Champagne Glass
Man holding out a champagne glass

A Champagne drink can be sipped from different type of wine glasses, particularly the following three

1. A Flute Glass:

How To Hold a Champagne Glass
Hand holding a flute glass of champagne

With a flute glass the stem is thinner and has a more elegant and transparent body which might be why many prefer it, as they can easily watch the bubbles. Also, because they are quite narrow in shape and have a very lightweight. Flute champagne glasses light weighted nature makes spilling of the content a lot easier.

2. The Coupe Glass:

How To Hold a Champagne Glass
Coupe Glass of wine with splashes in woman’s hand

The coupe glass is a type of champagne glass with a wider bowl and a narrow stem. It is larger and rounder and can hold more champagne, than the flute but may pose some difficulty to hold due to the wide bowl.

3. The Tulip Glass:

How To Hold a Champagne Glass
Couple Drinking from tulip Champagne glass

A tulip glass have a combined feature of the flute and coupe glass styles. The tulip style have a narrow rim of a flute and a rounded shape of a coupe glass. The tulip glass maximizes the champagne’s flavor and bubbly qualities.


Step 2: Lift Your Glass of Champagne

How To Hold a Champagne Glass
Wishing you a fruitful year ahead


  • When lifting your champagne glass any hand you use is fine, there is no rules governing your hands, when holding your champagne.
  • To lift your glass of champagne. Since, a champagne glass or wine glass have a thin stem, you will have to lift it by pinching the stem of the glass with your thumb and the other four fingers.
  • Next, with your thumb resting on one side of the stem and the other four fingers resting on the other end, grip the center of the stem.
  • Avoid having to lift your pinky finger when holding the glass, as this may be interpreted as an amateur or pretentious. Rather, you can allow pinky or ring finger rest on the bottom of the glass.
Quick Tips to appropriate hold A Champagne Glass.
Do not hold the bowl-like part of the glass so your hand temperature do not heat up that of the champagne somewhat and make it less refreshing. This is especially particular for coupe glasses, since it has a wide rim and may easily loose the bubbly nature of the champagne. Also, it comes off as indecent if in a crowd.
Avoid touching or any form of holding the top of the champagne glass. 
Alternatively, you can hold the rim. Proper etiquette for a coupe glass is to fill it ¾ of the way, meaning you can grasp the lip without warming the drink.

Step 3: Sipping The Champagne

How To Hold a Champagne Glass
A young woman drinking a glass of champagne


  • Tilt your wrist slightly at about an angle of 45 degrees. This way you can comfortably sip the champagne in small quantities as its customary without spilling it on your dress, and also holding it at that angle makes you look more cultured than drinking at a 90 degree angle.
  • Also, when you aren’t sipping from your champagne glass, rest it by placing it between your ring finger and pinky. This allows room to your thumb and index finger to hold anything else.
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