Everyone likes champagne, whether it’s served at a cocktail party, at a wedding, after a sports event, or on New Year’s Eve, this exquisite drink is always welcomed and appreciated. But, if you are interested in finding out more about it, here are ten interesting facts about the history of champagne, its bottling, effect, favorite celebrity consumers and much more.
Every champagne lover knows that this bubbly drink comes from France’s region of Champagne – and that is what it was named after. However, what many do not know is that a certain Dom Perignon – the name rings a bell, doesn’t it? – is the de facto inventor of champagne.
As many great things, it was created not on purpose, but due to France’s cold climate that interrupt wine’s fermentation and restart it in spring: this double fermentation is what created champagne.
Champagne got recognition only in the 20th century when the production was legalized. Even now, the label and trademark “champagne” is used only if is produced in Champagne, due to the copyright.
Because of the specific discovery, the creators came up with a specific bottle that would hold the bubbles. Therefore, they are specially designed to withhold the pressure and not burst into million small pieces, ruining the precious liquid.
The way a bottle is opened makes it unstable and somewhat dangerous – the speed of the cork is calculated at about forty kph and can cause accidents. But, it’s so fun to open, isn’t it?!
A special drink needs a special glass and there are two most common types – flute and coupe. The former is narrow and tall and used at parties and for toasts, while the latter is shallow and broad and you can find them on weddings. Both are elegant and go well with the drink’s value, but it’s been noticed that flute holds champagne’s bubble longer.
This is what makes champagne specific and special. The bubbles! You can feel them on your tongue and the feeling just spreads all through your body. A bottle holds almost fifty million bubbles and, with about thirty being emitted during each second you’re drinking champagne, it’s easy to understand why people lust for it.
Speaking of the bubbles, the larger they are, the lower the quality of the drink is. Also, unlike so many other wines, champagne does not age well and doesn’t get better over the course of years. So drink it as soon as possible!
Among every TV/movie actor, president of every country in world, Formula 1 champions and others, there are several famous lovers of champagne. The list includes Winston Churchill, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Marilyn Monroe and Alfred Hitchcock.
10. Brands and supporters
If you want to taste champagne in style, you won’t go wrong with Moët & Chandon, supplier of the British Crown, or Perrier Jouet Champagne, a company that has a two-century-long tradition. Also, today’s top celebrities and athletes love these brands and often endorse them, so the famous names who drink champagne today go from Roger Federer and Tiger Woods to Chrissy Teigen and Jay-Z.
So, whether you drink champagne or not, you must admit that this truly is the closest to the nectar of goods as today’s people can get. Therefore, try it even if it’s not a celebration or party – and it will be love at first bubble!