These champagne flutes are the new loves of my life (sorry, Bryan). I found them at Michael Chiarello's NapaStyle shop, a Mecca for all things rustic and reminiscent of the wine country.
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Unlike traditional champagne glasses, these gorgeous variations are stemless, made of delicate Venetian glass and come styled in elegant stripes, dots and swirls. They're $69 for a set of six and come packed in a reusable box for safe-keeping. They are a perfect holiday or wedding gift, and as a matter of fact I've given them for both. I even went so far as to stray from the champagne flutes on our friend's wedding registry (a big risk, because God knows how long and hard brides work on their gift registries) and I'm proud to say these glasses were a hit.
Sadly, I haven't gotten them for myself yet and I've got to admit I really, really want them. We own four, boring champagne glasses. I look at them in our cabinet and sigh at their lack of personality and charm. Since we're trying to save money indulging in a Venetian champagne flute purchase would be a bit...irresponsible. So I've held off. That said, I do have a recurring nightmare that when I eventually try to buy the glasses, they are sold out and I'm screwed.
As a side note, while I love 99% of everything about these flutes, my only qualm with them is they are truly delicate. So if you're having a night with friends and everyone is already two or three glasses of wine into your evening, it might not be the best idea to break out (literally) the champagne flutes. If you do, just be careful and make sure to put them on a flat surface. They'll be fine and you'll be praised for your great taste in stem(less)ware.