Should a champagne glass be held at a 45 degree angle?

We live in a far more relaxed age than that of Mrs Beeton and Emily Post. There are very few rigid rules of etiquette these days, so we are free to do whatever suits us best.

The main concern when pouring sparkling wine is to retain the bubbles. This means the wine should be poured as gently as possible. Tilting the glass and running the bubbly gently down the side is as good a way as any when you are pouring just two or three glasses for a few guests.