How To Clean A Champagne Glass

7th October 2022

How To Clean a Champagne Glass

After enjoying a charming glass of Champagne, it’s now time to clean the glass ready for next time.

This is a very simple and easy-to-follow guide on how to clean a Champagne glass to avoid any stains or broken stems.

1 – Water Temperature

It is important to use hot water, 40 degrees Celsius or 104 degrees Fahrenheit is a perfect temperature when washing up a Champagne glass.

You have to be careful when exposing a Champagne glass to boiling water because the glass could go into thermal shock, which is very likely to crack it.

2. Don’t Use A Tea Towel

When tasting Champagne or any other Sparkling Wine, it is really important that your glass has no residue smells as it will affect the ability to truly appreciate what’s in your glass.

When washing your glass make sure to use hot water, then either place the glass upside down, at a slight angle to air dry or even better use a clean cloth, you might want to dedicate one just for drying glasses, make sure the cloth doesn’t have any bits that could fall off, lint-free is good. What you must not use is a tea towel that has been washed with fabric conditioner as this affects the bubbles in your glass.

3 – What Cloth Should I Use?

When polishing or drying a Champagne glass, don’t use any cloths or tea towels that have been washed with fabric conditioner or that will leave any fabrics particles on the glass so it’s a good idea to use a lint-free cloth.

Any of these cloths are acceptable and won’t undo the work you’ve done when drying a Champagne Glass:

  • Micro Fiber
  • Flour Sack Cloth

4 – Stains

It’s a good idea with any Red Sparkling Wines to rinse out the glass quickly, even if you don’t have time to clean it just yet, but if you do find your glass with some red stains at the bottom of the bowl, then fill the glass just under halfway with warm water and leave to soak for about half an hour, then you can return and clean it in the same way as described above.

5 – Can I Use The Dishwasher

Yes, if the glass is dishwasher safe, you can use your dishwasher when cleaning Champagne glasses, but they still could have some watermarks on them, this is when you’re required to polish the glass to remove the stains.

When polishing your glass, make sure you don’t twist the glass while holding the stem, as this could cause it to break, instead, hold the bowl of the glass to polish.

A Champagne glass has two weak points, one at the bottom of the stem and one at the top of the stem, that’s why you need to be careful when polishing the glass, not to hold it by the stem, instead when cleaning inside the glass, hold it by the bowl and when cleaning the base, hold it at the base.

Now your glass is ready for the next bottle of Champagne, thank you for reading and until next time, enjoy the fizz!

Oliver Walkey

Champagne and Sparkling Wine Writer, Focused on Bringing the Exciting and Fascinating World of Bubbly to You.