Champagne is a beautiful wine to look at in a tall flute, but when I'm at home the first glass is usually in a large red wine glass. It's opens up quicker and one gets a better sense of the wine in that type of glass. Great pale color in the glass gave way to distinct aromas of bread and cardamon mixed with tart apples and white peaches. The more I swirled the more baked goods came out of the glass.
Once it got into the tall flute the bubble stream was textbook - slow and steady and of small to medium size. The wine does seem to hold it's temperature better in the flute than the red wine glass, and since I don't like Champagne bitingly cold the flute works great after the first glass.
There was salty food in the form of brined chicken wings lightly dusted with seasoning and flour and fried in a cast iron skillet and some shrimp and pasta salad. Later in the evening there was some popcorn dusted with black truffle salt and a bit of melted butter and another glass of the wine.
Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector. It encourages a man to be expansive, even reckless, while lie detectors are only a challenge to tell lies successfully. -- Graham Greene