Do you know your Champagne?

29 Aug

Do you know your Champagne?

Fact One: It is good to know that Champagne is actually a sparkling wine and comes from specific grapes and is made in a specific region of France.  However, the reason that the sparkling wine changes its name to Champagne is due to the region of France from where it grows the region of Champagne to be exact. This means any other sparkling wine from around the world can never be renamed Champagne, because the region of France named Champagne has exclusivity rights to its name.

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Fact Two: The bubbles that come from within the glass of champagne are created in the second fermentation process, the addition of sugar and yeast help create a chemical reaction which produces carbon dioxide, these bubbles  are trapped in the liquid inside the bottle until popped or poured.

Fact Three: Sparkling wines and Champagnes are usually categorized, demi sec, brut, extra brut, they are categorized depending the amount of sugar that is used in the fermentation process.

Fact Four: Although the region of Champagne in France has exclusivity to the naming rights of Champagne, other countries including, Australia, New Zealand and Italy can produce very high quality sparkling wines, unable to use the iconic Champagne name, they tend to be less costly.

Fact Five: Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe allegedly took a champagne bath which took her 350 bottles to fill the actual tub.

Fact Six: Frederick the Great of Prussia used to drink an unusual concoction of Coffee mixed with Champagne to calm his nerves!

Fact Seven: The reason that you hear the famous pop when the champagne is opened is down to the tremendous pressure that is captured in the bottle through the carbon dioxide gases and bubbles building up.

Fact Eight: The most expensive champagne is available and on sale at Moscow’s Ritz Carlton Hotel. The bottle retails for around $275,000. These bottles are only sold to the wealthy guests that are staying at the hotel

 

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