Cocktails and wine always taste better when served in a beautiful glass.

Mix and Match the Season’s Chicest Glassware with the Tastiest Drinks

Make sure your holiday libations are just as festive as the glasses you choose to serve them in with these perfect pairings

Sommeliers may argue that the shape of a glass makes all the difference for experiencing the aroma. Scientists may explain how the surface area of the glass determines the flow of bubbles in Champagne. But perhaps the most important thing when it comes to choosing the right glass is how fabulous it looks in the hand. Here, we’ve paired the most beautiful glassware with the must-have bottles and bubbles of the moment. Perfect to sip, savor, and salut!

Jus Jus pairs with Rosenthal.

Pour Jus Jus, a low-alcohol bubbly by blogger Julia Sherman and natural-wine maker Martha Stoumen, into a curvaceous Dynasty wineglass by Rosenthal.

Casa Dragones pairs with Saint-Louis.

Sip Casa Dragones Barrel Blend añejo tequila, matured in both French and American oak barrels, from a colorful crystal Saint-Louis Tommy flared tumbler.

Veuve Clicquot pairs with Christofle.

Celebrate with Veuve Clicquot’s La Grande Dame 2012, packaged in a limited-edition bottle designed by Yayoi Kusama, flowing into a Christofle Graphik flute.

Glenfiddich pairs with Waterford.

Savor the layered aromas and flavors of Glenfiddich Grand Cru, aged for 23 years and mellowed in French cuvée casks, in Waterford’s Lismore straight-sided tumbler. 


Ten To One pairs with Blue Pheasant.

Neat or on the rocks, the fruit and floral flavors of Ten to One Reserve, a limited bottling of just four casks of 17-year-old Trinidadian rum,  come forward in the hand-blown Andrew tumbler by Blue Pheasant. 

Lini Lambrusca Rosso pairs with Lalique.

This sparkling red Lini 910 Lambrusca Rosso is perfect for winter celebrations and feasts with its notes of raspberry and black pepper. However, it does pose the question, Do you serve it in a Champagne or red wine glass? We opt for embracing the festive mood with a Lalique 100 Points Champagne Coupe, which was designed in conjunction with master sommelier James Suckling.

A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2020 Fall issue. Subscribe to the magazine.

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