Greatest champagne glasses, from coupe-style glasses to chop glass flutes

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When it comes to New Year’s Eve, only champagne Will do.

With the clock running out fast for another mixed year, it’s all one more reason to end it with a taste of some sparkling wine and light, if only to encourage the same for the next 12 months.

Prosecco will always have a place in our hearts, but France’s champagne feels good for occasions like this. While we have a guide to the best bottles in the area, nothing will ruin the mood than sloshing the precious liquid into mismatched cups and one or the other pint glass. In short, the presentation is important.

To add luxury to your party, the right champagne glasses are crucial. They have changed a lot over the decades, from saucers to flutes and back again. Each offers unique benefits – for example, tulip-shaped flutes let the scent of the liquid breath in, while tall flutes make the bubbles last longer – but at the end of the day, it’s really a matter of personal preference.

That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the best options to get your New Year celebrations off to a bang.

See our favorites below

Ferm Living Ripple Glassware Clear

Looking like something Jay Gatsby could pour his party elixir into, these hand-blown glasses look modern and vintage at the same time.

Buy now £ 39.00, cure

Waterford Crystal Lismore champagne flute made of diamond cut glass, set of 2

As one of the finest crystal houses, Waterford doesn’t need an introduction. If you’re looking to invest in new pieces or are looking for an elegant wedding gift for the upcoming wedding, this set is sure to be the one for you. The clear flutes hold 125 ml each and have the rivet cuts of the Lismore Diamond pattern and wedge cuts from the characteristic pattern of the Lismore collection. A thing of beauty.

Buy now £ 120.00, John Lewis

Cath Kidston Roses and Hearts Set of two champagne coupes

Not quite rose-colored glasses, but with a beautiful heart-rose pattern, this set of two is not a typical champagne vessel and all the better. Rounded off with a metallic gold-colored lip, they are a fun piece for newlyweds.

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Buy now £ 17.60, Cath Kidston

LSA International Verso champagne tulip glass 370ml clear x 2

Tulip-shaped glasses develop the best taste when they are only filled to the widest point: this helps to bind the flavors inside the bowl and helps you to enjoy the taste of your champagne. This two-piece set from glassware specialist LSA International is perfect for toasting at night and holds 370 ml of liquid each. But to really unleash the taste of your infusion, only fill it halfway.

Buy now £ 55.00, Harvey Nichols

Pasabahce Elysia glass champagne tumbler

This set of four champagne glasses looks far more expensive than the price suggests, and are the perfect vessels for the big countdown. They may look fragile, but they are completely dishwasher safe so they can be cleaned the morning after your frolic.

Buy now £ 17.95, Amazon

Vera Wang Infinity Toast Flute Set

Toast your other half with this delicate Vera Wang flute. The base is silver-plated with elaborate details and braids are etched around the flute, which represent eternal love. This is a great special occasion jar that would make a perfect wedding gift.

Buy now £ 80.00, Selfridges

Anthropologie set of 4 Jaki flutes

Embellish those tiny golden bubbles with gold-plated flutes, like this set available from Anthropologie. Made in the Czech Republic, the hand-painted glasses look best on a toast.

Buy now £ 56.00, anthropology

Glass bottle shortages strain wine and spirits firms

Glass bottles move down a conveyor belt on the Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select Tennessee whiskey bottling line at Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee, United States, on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.

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From whiskey distillers in the humble hills of Kentucky to winemakers on the sunny slopes of California, the demand for glass bottles has exceeded supply this year, a chain reaction partly sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.

The global supply chain – already long and tangled in the United States – continues to bear the brunt of rising consumer demand, labor shortages and overseas production delays, leading to higher transportation costs and inflation.

David Ozgo, chief economist for the Distilled Spirits Council, said glass shortages are being felt across the industry, be it tequila, vodka or whiskey.

“While some of the big distilleries have multi-year contracts for millions of bottles, in some cases they find that they have to choose the bottle sizes they will get,” said Ozgo. This could eventually lead to an even narrower range of bottles with smaller volumes, as the focus will likely be on the more common sizes of 750 milliliters and 1.75 liters.

In the short term, some consumers may have to put more effort into finding their favorite alcohol.

“From a consumer perspective, if you want a special bottle for the holiday season, you may have to go back to the store a few times before you find her,” said Ozgo. “But I put it this way, over 16,000 spirits products are launched every year, so this could be an opportunity to try a new drink.”

Change to new suppliers

Castle & Key Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky, is one of many distillers who have switched glass suppliers given supply chain problems.

“The factory we worked with in the UK had a coronavirus outbreak and had to shut down completely, leaving our production at least a few months behind schedule,” said Jessica Peterson, operations manager at the distillery.

Peterson said that when it reopened in the UK, the distillery was forced to address supply chain issues and had to temporarily switch to air freight due to delays in sea freight.

“The preferred method would normally be ocean freight,” Peterson said, adding that ocean freight costs tripled during the pandemic. Since then, the distillery has moved to a supplier in Guadalajara, Mexico who delivers orders by rail.

“Since the transition, we’ve had a steady supply of glass,” said Peterson.

“I’ve heard from other people that the demand for shipping containers has grown so much that they are paying almost $ 6,000 or more than $ 20,000 for the container alone. And that’s just crazy, “she said.

Shipping containers are stacked in PortMiami after being unloaded from a boat on November 4, 2021 in Miami, Florida.

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To avoid future supply chain bottlenecks, the distillery is no longer ordering six months in advance but at least two years ahead of schedule, Peterson said. Still, the disruptions have increased the distillery’s production costs, she said.

“Currently we have not passed a price increase on to consumers. But that could definitely come,” she said.

Made in the USA

New York-based supplier Waterloo Containers has increased its prices on imported glass for its customers. Most of Waterloo’s inventory for glass wine and liquor bottles comes from the United States, with about a tenth from abroad. Domestically produced glass has seen lower price increases, mainly due to higher freight and energy costs, according to Bill Lutz, its president and owner.

Problems with Waterloo’s imports started about six months ago, Lutz said. However, with such a small portion of its glass being imported, Waterloo doubled its orders this year as supply chain issues arose and wineries and distilleries looked for new suppliers.

Waterloo is also a warehouse supplier rather than just-in-time, so it always has extra inventory on hand.

“We actually delivered more bottles from our store to the west coast this year than in the last 20 years,” said Lutz.

Most of the glass bottles used in the United States come from abroad. Years ago, glass manufacturers relocated their production to countries where glass could be made more cheaply – mainly in Asia.

Mauricio Perez, North American regional director of Panamanian glass supplier BPS Glass, estimated that 60 to 70% of the glass bottles used in the US were from China, at least before the Trump administration’s trade war. Tariffs on glass imports from China convinced some manufacturers to instead import glass from factories in Europe or Latin America to meet demand.

Then the pandemic struck, with waves of new cases followed by further lockdowns creating supply chain problems around the world.

For winemakers outside of the United States, the problem is even worse. According to Perez, wine and liquor makers in Latin America are facing tougher bottlenecks as some companies switched to glass made in places like Chile rather than China during the trade war.

It is a situation that is not easy to resolve. Building glass furnaces or setting up new production lines can take a year or two.

“The glass supply cannot return to the USA because the manufacturers’ glass capacities are simply no longer sufficient,” said Lutz.

Native beers are featured on Elevate a Glass, Quarantine-Model on February 25

by Contributed content on February 24, 2021

The theme for the virtual beer tasting in February is “local love”. Let’s meet on Thursday, February 25th from 5.30pm to 6.30pm to have a few snacks, beer stories and fun. Register online.

The beers:
Trumer Pilsner (Berkeley)
Original pattern (Oakland) Current surrender – pissed off
Sonoma Springs Bikini Bottom – Belgian blonde ale
Gilman Brewing Frog on Juicy IPA bike
Strike Brewing Triple Play (San Jose) – Triple IPA

If you’d like to join in, you can pick up this month’s offer at Willows Market in Menlo Park. Feel free to choose from the category if you can’t find the specific beer.

As always, you can try with us or just have fun and talk with us.

Image courtesy of mybeerbuzz.com

Vandals Steal Cash, Shatter Glass of Native Asian Eating places at Mall in Columbia – NBC4 Washington

Local Asian restaurant owners are picking up the pieces after thieves broke into three restaurants, stole money and destroyed property on New Year celebrations, the most important holiday in Chinese culture.

The same group of thieves hit a restaurant called Urban Hot Pot, Kung Fu Tea, and Bonchon.

Zong Chen is the owner of the latter two at the Columbia Mall. He said the past year has been tough for business and he feels that they aimed to be Asian.

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“It’s a shame to be a victim now,” said Chen. “We all have families. We are all just trying to make money and make a living for our families. “

This break-in marks the third time that Chen’s stores have been robbed.

Last summer there was a break in at Kung Fu Tea in Rockville. A few weeks later, the kung fu tea in Laurel was also hit.

“We came to America to find better opportunities and to have better lives,” said Chen.

Asian restaurants attacked: In the early morning of the Lunar New Year, three Asian restaurants in the mall in Columbia were broken into, according to Howard Co Police. Today I spoke to Zong Chen, the owner of Kung Fu Tea & Bonchon. He fears they have been targeted as Asians. Story by 5 / 6p @nbcwashington pic.twitter.com/V9aVMrJrKY

– Aimee Cho (@ AimeeCho4) February 15, 2021

Bonchon and Kung Fu Tea have repaired their damage and are now open for business. For the entire month of February, restaurants plan to donate 10% of their sales to raise awareness of hate crimes against Asian Americans.

Nearly two dozen attacks have been committed in the San Francisco Bay Area in the past few weeks. People threw plants at Asian residents and seniors were knocked to the ground.

Hate crimes against Asian Americans have increased since the coronavirus hit the US last year. Amanda Nguyen, CEO of civil rights group Rise, recently told LX News why “Asian Americans are out to be heard”.

John Yang, the executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, said the organization is tracking hate incidents and has seen more than 3,000 since the pandemic began.

“It scares the Asian-American community really often,” said Yang. “The fact that certain politicians, including the former president, used terms like the China virus and the Wuhan smoke and worse derivatives, really got our community to do so.” a goal to be made. “

No arrests were made in the robberies, but Chen said he hoped to further raise awareness.

“The more we don’t talk about it, the more it will happen,” said Chen.