June 21, 2023 4 min read

From being sprayed at the podium of a Formula 1 finish, celebrating a milestone in life with a gathering of good people, or finally having a reason to break out your best glassware, champagne has become synonymous with mutual celebration and joy.

For this reason, champagne is best enjoyed at social gatherings, where the associated atmosphere is one of celebration, appreciation, and togetherness.

If you’re planning an event of this nature, it’s important to consider the size of your guest list and how much champagne is required. This way, you won’t leave anyone high or dry. 

In this post, we’ll discuss how many glasses each bottle of champagne should provide. This way you can stock up and prepare your serving staff accordingly.

The Standard Champagne Bottle

Champagne bottle and glasses

The most common size of a standard champagne bottle is 750 milliliters (ml), or just over 25 fluid ounces. 

There are many practical and even historical reasons why this became the standard. For that, we must travel back to 19th century France, where technological developments in glass blowing and molding (namely the glass-blowing machine patented by Michael Owens in 1903) produced stronger glassware and allowed for increased uniformity; providing the basis for the thicker champagne bottles we use today.

The 750ml standard is a nice carryover from wine bottling norms, chosen for practical storage and handling needs. In addition - champagne is carbonated, and so a 750ml volume struck a perfect balance between internal pressure to preserve carbonation quality, and glass strong enough to hold that. As time progressed, the 750ml standard became an essential element of champagne-drinking tradition.

Calculating the Glass-to-Bottle Ratio

There’s a simple formula to determine how many glasses of champagne each bottle provides.

A standard champagne glass will hold approximately 125ml. This means your 750ml bottles should providesix glasses of champagne each. Of course, smaller or larger glasses will change that formula accordingly - but if you always divide the glass milliliter size by your standard 750ml bottles, you will continue to divide your inventory correctly.

Champagne servers will often keep close watch over how much champagne they’re pouring, as those who request a half-glass will, of course, leave more for the next person. Remember that it’s always good to crack the next bottle before mixing two unless your guest makes it clear they accept this. Never assume they do.

Factors Influencing Serving Sizes

A standard champagne flute will be lined at 125ml for easier pouring. However, there’s no hard and fast rule that demands you drink from a flute such as this. As you can see with Elixir Glassware’s impressive crystal glass collection, many champagne glasses exist for convenience, portability, and freshness.

Depending on the preference of those accepting the champagne and the flutes or coupes available at your function, the formula for dividing serving sizes may adjust. Thankfully, this is a relatively simple formula to consider. Simply find out the fluid ounce or milliliter value of the new glass, and you can divide that from the total.

If in doubt, using a small set of scales to weigh the number of fluid ounces before and after, excluding the bottle, will determine the exact amount left. In high-end restaurants, professional servers use this method to avoid leaving anyone unattended at the table.

How to Hold a Champagne Glass

Holding a champagne glass

Champagne flutes are similar to wine glasses in that they hold a stem, a foot, and a bowl, but in this instance, the stem is thinner and the bowl is taller and more narrow. 

This unique shape preserves the carbonation as you drink, talk, and socialize, ensuring the first sip is as refreshing and delicious as the last. 

There’s a theatrical element here; showcasing the stream of bubbles as they rise to the top adds to the romance of champagne, much like good legs do with vintage wine. In addition, the aroma of your champagne is more densely concentrated in a longer, thinner bowl, meaning its delicious smell can be savored for a sensual drinking experience.

If there’s one word that demonstrates appropriate conduct when drinking champagne - it’sgentleness. Champagne is fragile and deserves to be handled with care. 

Any excess swirling or mishandling not only damages the flutes you may be drinking from but can harm the quality of your champagne. That doesn’t mean you have to be overly delicate, but a healthy respect for the champagne maker's art and the condition of your bottles will ensure correct handling.

To hold a champagne glass properly, consider the following steps:

  • Hold by the stem after pouring - a flute is smaller than a wine glass, so between your thumb, index, and middle fingers is enough for a light but firm grip.
  • Avoid touching or holding the bowl - if passing the flute rink or transitioning from hand to hand, touching the bowl may be unavoidable. However, doing so transfers body heat and can affect the quality of your champagne.
  • Observe the bubbles and sniff - this helps you see the characteristics of your champagne and appreciate its elegant beauty.
  • There’s no need to swirl - unlike with wine, swirling champagne is inherently unnecessary thanks to the carbonation already aerating the liquid, and the longer flute bowl concentrating the aroma. Moreover, due to the narrow shape of the glass, it’s hard to do this without spilling.
  • Take small sips - champagne is not a drink to be chugged, but to be sipped at over time. It’s a beautiful addition to good conversation, so don’t feel rushed. After pouring, champagne can retain its bottled quality for up to thirty minutes. 
  • To conclude, champagne is a beautiful concoction worthy of respect, and as such, acquiring the best flutes from Elixir Glassware is a smart choice.

    With crystal champagne glasses provided with each bottle and armed with the knowledge of suitable etiquette, you’re sure to make good champagne a staple of your guest-only events.

    For all your champagne flute and glass needs, check out Elixir Glassware today to see our impressive, award-winning collection!


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