If you think that champagne tastes better when drunk from a proper glass than from a plastic tumbler, well, you're right. And there's a scientific explanation for this.
It's true, the composition of the container does affect the taste of champagne. If you serve it in a plastic or polystyrene glass, the bubbles will stick to the sides and get larger before rising to the surface, thus modifying the taste and its, well, bubbliness.
Lead study author Kyle S. Spratt from the Applied Research Laboratories at the University of Texas at Austin told The Independent: “It turns out the bubble formation process on styrofoam is completely different than on glass,”
This is true even if the plastic glass is shaped like a champagne flute. Andrea Sella, professor of inorganic chemistry at University College London, states that “Using plastic glasses, for example, really isn’t so good because the bubbles actually stick quite strongly to the walls of the glass [and so are] bigger before they lift off."
The study also shows there is a correlation between the size of the bubbles and the taste. Good quality champagne has finer bubbles apparently, and they actually hit your taste buds differently.
So now you know. This study came right on time for Christmas and we are sure that none of you will be making the social faux-pas of serving champagne in anything else but proper glass flutes.