Archive | July, 2013

Champagne — Method behind the Bottling

29 Jul

 

Champagne is noted for being a higher quality of wine which is sparkling and bubbly and of great distinction. Champagne has the ability to turn ordinary occasions in to something special. For the Champagne lover there are many various styles of bubbly for them to enjoy.

Vintage Champagne is made from grapes from a specific year, thus giving it the vintage status.

Non-Vintage Champagne is a blend of grapes from all different years.

Brut Champagne tends to be very dry in taste,

Demi Sec tends to be much sweeter in taste.

There are a few required methods to be followed in order to allow champagne to be printed on the front of the bottle. The contents of the bottle must be solely from Chardonnay. The liquid inside the bottle must be formed from Pinot Noir Grapes that are grown in Northern France in the region of Champagne and from surrounding cities including Epernay and Reims.

The Name Pinot Noir and Champagne is a brand and is guarded with uttermost importance, even so that the champagne producers took court action against designer mogul Yves Saint Laurent in 1993. Yves Saint Laurent were looking at creating a fragrance with the name Champagne, the champagne producers then took court action and won their case to retain exclusivity to their name and brand.

Champagne is one of the very few white wines in the world that are created from using red grapes; the grapes are gently pressed so that the skins are not bruised. There are also limits on how much juice can be gained from pressing the grapes, this help keep in line with the strict quality assurance that these methods bring, this helps to produce high quality champagne each time it’s followed.

Champagne should be served chilled and poured into a flute glass for you to enjoy. The benefits from drinking from a flute glass mean that the bubbles can form at the bottom and travel to the top of the glass. Giving the bubbles more room and space to move around within the glass ensures that the fizz is kept longer and adds to the experience of each taste.

The next time you sit down to enjoy your favourite brand take the time out to think of the history behind the brand, the method to which it was produced and the years of hard work perfecting the taste you enjoy so much.

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New Research Suggests Champagne Helps Retain Memory

23 Jul

Few people of drinking age do not really need extra encouragement to drink a glass of champagne or sparkling wine, which is a favoured drink. However, if you are one of those who do not prefer the taste of champagne, it is time to reconsider. According to the study by UK’s Reading University, modest drinking of champagne helps with memory retention.

In the recent Forbes article, the results of the research concluded (research was done on lab rats that were given food with champagne in it, and a control group of rats given food without champagne) that it was the champagne made with red grapes that brought the most success of memory retention among the rats. The high amounts of polyphenol compounds in the red grapes attributed to the help of memory storage.

Sadly, the champagnes made from white grapes, also known as Blanc de Blancs, did not yield as high a result. So when buying bubbly at the store or online via Champagne Direct, think about buying champagnes made from red grapes (pinot noir). Prime examples of these champagnes are as follows:

Ayala Cuvee Rose Nature £50.00 – Beautiful blended mixture of “53% Chardonnay, 39% Pinot Noir, and 8% still red wine.” This champagne is a nature champagne and has zero sugar included.

Billecart – Salmon Brut Reserve £34.95 – light tasting champagne made from Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. This champagne pairs well with many different dishes, and is perfect for any occasion.

Moet & Chandon Brut – Gold Diamond Suit £39.95 Limited Edition – Balanced impeccable by the champagne house of Moet & Chandon, this champagne has up to 40% of the Pinot Noir grapes. The wines selected for the champagne come from reserve wines. The Gold Diamond Suit keeps this rich and flavourful champagne chilled for hours.

When buying a bottle of champagne or sparkling wine read the label and check for the percentage of pinot noir included. The bubbly has always been a popular drink and now research has proven it offers up more than celebratory cheers, and great taste, it helps keep your memory intact.

 

Champagne the Classy Touch

8 Jul

With so many different types of champagne available in today’s market, it can be quite difficult when it comes to selecting the right brand for your desired occasion.  That’s why we at Champagne Direct have such a vast variety of high quality affordable champagnes to choose from. From Moet, Brut, Crystal and many more brands including Laurent Perrier champagne, we at Champagne Direct have it all. 

Here are a few factors we believe can help you when choosing the right champagne.

  • Be confident of your budget and know what your price range is. Cheaper champagne is available from between £10-£20 and medium priced champagne from £30-£100. To the more exclusive brands starting at £100 and steadily upwards, don’t get caught off guard, know what you’re looking to spend.
  • Be set on what bottle size you are looking for from the very small 125ml, right up to the 3 litre bottles. This will come down to what you can afford or how big the party is!
  • Decide on colour, taste and how sparkly you want your selection to be.
  • Be confident of where to purchase your champagne from. With a lot of good deals now online, make sure you sift around to get the best value and prices for your money.

 

Simply Click Here for all the info you need on any of our quality champagne products. We also have a great delivery service that will ensure your product will arrive bang on time for that special event. Make sure if you are looking to make this year’s gift a champagne gift, then make sure you contact the professional champagne providers at Champagne Direct today.

With free delivery services available and the best prices around, Champagne Direct will not be beaten on quality or for the best prices on today’s market. So make this year special! Make it memorable with the classy touch of a high quality, great tasting champagne. Delight your guests, celebrate in style and make sure that you contact the leading quality branded champagne retailers in the UK, make sure that you don’t forget to contact us here at Champagne Direct today.