The end of the year is upon us so we need to shop for some Champagne. But why not pick up 20 facts about Champagne to impress your guests at the same time? I have rounded up 20 great facts about Champagne so that you can impress your guests when it’s time to sip away on New Year’s Eve, enjoy!
Champagne is the drink of drinks, isn’t it? Nothing like this dry and sparkling luxurious wine turns a normal evening to a party. But the story behind Champagne is almost just as fun as drinking it, well not really but it is fun to know a little more about what you are drinking isn’t it? So I rounded up these 20 facts for you to learn and impress your friends with. Why not read them while sipping on some Champagne? If you don’t like Champagne on its own you
Champagne is really old
Fact 1: The oldest sparkling wine was invented by Monks in 1531 (God bless monks) and was called Blanquette de Limoux. A sort of ancestor the Champagne.
Fact 2: The Champagne method was first presented in 1662, that is the double fermentation that is made by adding sugar before bottling the Champagne.
England have been involved in the history of Champagne
Fact 3: Most Champagnes used to be sweeter than what they are today. One of the first unsweetened Champagnes was made in 1846 and was sold in the British market.
Fact 4: The term Brut was also created for the Brits who preferred the dryer Champagne, this happened in 1876.
About the Champagne Grapes
Fact 5: The most common grapes in Champagne are Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay.
Fact 6: So it is likely that your Champagne is mostly made using black grapes. Champagne is not red since the skins that give red wine its color is left out.
Fact 7: Most Champagne is white but you can get pink Champagne. It is made by letting the grapes stay in the wine for a long time and leave some of its colors.
There are plenty of rules about Champagne
Fact 8: Real Champagne can only be produced in the French region Champagne and using the Champagne method. That is a double fermentation that creates the bubbles in a natural way.
Fact 9: It is not enough just to double ferment and be in Champagne to make Champagne. The Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne has a whole set of rules you need to follow.
Fact 10: There are names on the Champagne that is decided on how sweet the Champagne are starting with the sweetest the names are Doux, Demi-sec, Sec, Extra Dry, Brut and Extra Brut. So the dryest Champagne is Extra Brut, not Extra Dry, a bit confusing, did I mention Champagne is from France?
There is wine that is like Champagne but still not Champagne
Fact 11: If you want to spend a bit less money than what Champagne usually costs there are plenty of good alternatives. Many are said to be at least as good as Champagne and many are produced using the same method. In Spain the term Cava is used, in Italy, it is called Prosecco and in France, it is called Crémant followed by the name of the region, for example, Crémant d’Alsace. It’s among these varieties you can make great finds.
Fact 12: Outside of Europe you can also get high-quality sparkling wines. USA, Australia and South Africa all produce sparkling wines using the Champagne method with very high quality.
Weird Facts About Champagne
Fact 13: There are more than 100 Champagne houses and 19.000 smaller growers and producers in Champagne.
Fact 14: Although frowned upon you can shoot a Champagne cork a long way. The current record is said to be 177 feet / 54 meters.
Fact 15: One Champagne bottle holds about 49 million bubbles. Please don’t ask how anyone knows this.
Fact 16: I haven’t tried this myself but apparently if you drop a raisin into a glass of fresh Champagne it will go up and down in the glass, and keep going.
Fact 17: In the 19th century England Champagne was used to polish shoes. Let’s hope this was not a widespread technique, what a waste.
The Aristocrats, celebrities, and Champagne
Fact 18: 350 bottles of Champagne was used when Marilyn Monroe took a bath in pure Champagne, not a waste.
Fact 19: Even from the start Champagne has been marketed to the aristocrats and upper class. A great marketing strategy that is used in many other markets to attract the middle class. The strategy worked and by the turn of the 20th century, most of the Champagne drinkers were middle class.
Fact 20: Pol Roger was the preferred brand for British Prime minister Winston Churchill. They even produced a special one-pint bottle for him.