Let’s all raise a glass to champagne, the king of all things bubbly! While it might seem like a drink for special occasions such as ringing in the New Year, wedding toasts, or for mimosas at lunch and doesn’t have to be limited to significant moments.
This tasty drink can be enjoyed on its own or with a variety of courses ranging from appetizers to desserts. Anyway, if you love the drink, you might as well enjoy it!
Although the labels might seem intimidating at first, you don’t need to worry. The tips below will help you integrate champagne into any occasion, making any event feel extra special.
What is champagne?
Champagne is a carbonated (sparkling) beverage primarily made in the region of Northern France. In fact, in order for a wine to be referred to as champagne, it must be made from the region in order to bear the name.
If the wine comes from Italy, it’s known as Prosecco or Spumante. If it comes from Spain, it’s referred to as Cava. If the wine comes from the United States, it’s referred to as Sparkling Wine.
What kind of grapes are used to make champagne?
In order to create it, three types of grapes are used – chardonnay, pinot noir, or pinot meunier. If a champagne is labeled “blanc de blancs” that means only white grapes were used to make it.
If the label reads “Cuvee” it means a variety of all three grapes were used and if you see “blanc de noirs,” that means that it is made from grapes, pinot noir or pinot meunier
The most notable trait however is that the skins are removed quickly in order to maintain a white look. If the wine is pink, it means a small amount of wine is mixed in, making it a Rosé.
How did champagne get its bubbles?
Believe it or not, it got its bubbles by pure accident. In the 17th century cold temperatures interfered with wine fermentation and caused it to stop earlier. A second fermentation began when the frozen yeast (from the frozen wine) thawed, resulting in exploding bubbles.
After some time, winemakers began to attempt to control the second fermentation. By the 18th century the champagne industry began to resemble what it is today.
For more information on the creation process, check out this helpful guide from Wine Folly.
How do I enjoy champagne at its best?
Since it is best served chilled, you’ll want to put it into the fridge an hour or two before opening. If you have an ice bucket or wine chiller, you could use that between glasses. You might want to use a stopper so you can preserve the bubbles, plus you won’t feel like you have to drink the entire bottle in one sitting.
Not sure where to get started when shopping for champagne? Why not look into purchasing a champagne gift basket? Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or are just purchasing it because, you won’t be disappointed with your decision.