Bubbles just make people happy.
And while Friday, October 21 is the seventh annual Global #ChampagneDay, we think it should be everyday.
So pour some bubbles now, yes now. It’s Global #ChampagneDay!
Oh, and get a bowl of potato chips while you’re at it. Champagne loves oily, salty, fatty foods because they bring out the freshness and fruitiness of the wine.
And while you’re munching, here are a few fun facts.
1. Champagne Only Comes From Champagne.
Champagne is a wine that comes from the Champagne region in northeast France. The grapes have to be grown there and the wine has to be produced there. That’s why a similar sparkling wine from Northern Italy is not called Champagne — it’s instead called Prosecco. Same goes with one from Spain — it’s a Cava. Not Champagne.
The primary grapes used in Champagne are Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. And again, these grapes must be grown in the Champagne, France.
2. Those Fabulous Bubbles.
Champagne gets its bubbles from a second production step. The first step is to make wine out of the grapes. During the second step, yeast and sugar are added, science happens and bubbles are created.
That extra production step is often why Champagne is more expensive.
3. Don’t Pop the Cork!
Popping a champagne cork looks super cool but it wastes all those wonderful bubbles. “Not to mention it's dangerous. Flying corks can travel up to fifty miles per hour!” says David White, author of But First, Champagne: A Modern Guide to the World's Favorite Wine.
So follow White’s directions:
“To start, remove the foil covering — most bottles have a tab to pull. Then, loosen the cage with six counterclockwise twists, but don't remove it. Once the cage is loosened, be sure to keep one hand holding both the cork and the cage — at this point, the bottle is a loaded weapon.
Next, holding the bottle at an angle of about 45 degrees, slowly rotate the base while tightly holding the cage and cork. While keeping downward pressure on the cork, begin twisting it, gently, in the opposite direction of the bottle as it starts to loosen. The cork should come out with a soft sigh.”
4. Skip the Fancy Flute and Use a White Wine Glass
Sure the saucer-shaped coupe (supposedly modelled after Marie Antoinette’s breast) and the flute have been used for years but they’re just not practical. The coupe is too top-heavy and you can barely fit your nose in a flute.
So just go with a white wine glass, suggests White. It lets the wine breathe and you don’t have to worry about spilling it.
5. Champagne is Good For Your Brain
We already know that wine is good for us, but new research suggests that three glasses of Champagne a week can help to improve your memory.
And other studies have shown that Champagne may help your brain cope with the trauma of stroke, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
It’s practically medicinal.
So grab the popcorn and pour a glass!
Pour a Champagne!
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve Champagne, France, $39
Smoky minerality, flavors of ripe pear, black currant and lemon.
Piper-Heidsieck Brut Cuvee Champagne, France, $43
A bit dry with ripe white fruits, great structure and fresh acidity.
Moet & Chandon Imperial Champagne, France, $50
Bright yellow in color, pear with a hint of lemon on the finish.
Tracy Byrnes, former FOX Business Network anchor and host of “Wine with Me” for Foxnews.com, is editor-in-chief and chief contributor of The Sip.
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