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Champagne Glass cleaning tips

4 Sep

Any celebration with the added touch of a glass of bubbly whether it be a Prosecco, Sparkling wine, Cava or Champagne is made extra special and unforgettable. However, many event organisers and publicans around the world will tell you, with many visitors and great events come with a mountain load of washing.

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The flutes where one drinks his or her celebratory toasts needs looking after with a little more care in the washing department.

Below find the best tips on how to clean those tall and narrow champagne flutes without the need to scrub vigorously.

  • When washing by hand its good practice to use very mild detergent, add the tiniest of drops to the dirty glass. Then make sure that you foam up and sponge the dirty marks off removing all stains and marks. You will need to check that there is no soap residue left behind in the glass, or the next glass of bubbly will be bubbling for the wrong reasons.
  • Washing champagne flutes in a dishwasher is ideal, but you will need to hand dry them with a cotton dishtowel to remove any watermarks when the washing cycle has finished.
  • If the flute has lipstick that needs removing, then it is best to use a degreasing agent prior to washing. This will help loosen the colour particles that are staining the glass. Remember dirty glasses leave a poor impression and shout of lack of class.
  • The trick to a gleaming sparkle on the glass is to steam them over boiling water and then hand polish them using a dry tea towel.

If you are serving up these tasteful drinks at your next event, then add to the experience by offering guests sparkling wine in a sparkly clean glass. Let guests remember the event for the right reasons and not because drinks were served in a glass with watermarks.

Cheers to Benedictine Monk Dom Perignon

30 Aug

The famous Benedictine Monk, Dom Perignon, holds the title, “Father of Champagne,” as he was one of the first in history to create a bottle of champagne through the second fermentation process in 17th century. One might wonder, “Did he ever imagine just how popular a glass of ‘the bubbly’ would become, or the effects it would have on millions around the world throughout different generations?” Probably not, as he rather stumbled upon quality sparkling wine through a series of experimentations.

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Sparkling wine brands differ from the different types of grapes that are used in its creation. The method of using grapes from different locations and regions ensures each brand is unique compared to its competitors’ brand. From the seed planted in the vineyard, to the delicate process of grape squeezing, right up until it is poured, chilled into a glass, every moment is guided by a rich history.

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Consider this the next time you sit down to your meal, or the next time that you enjoy the party celebrations, with a glass of champagne, remember the process and the history behind your favourite drink.

The years of hard work perfecting the blend, getting the right taste, ensuring the right amount of bubbles in every sip, lets you enjoy the aromas and awakens the senses. The makers follow these strict guidelines for the benefit and enjoyment of its customers.

Many famous brands are available today at great prices, from online superstores to local shops.  Take the time to discover your own unique taste preferences, but remember to drink it chilled allowing the bubbles to feel alive in your mouth. The drinks come in a number of different flavours, as well as, dry to sweet options. Take a moment, treasure the taste, and toast to life with the classy touch of a fine champagne.

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

 

Champagne there is Method in the Pressing

23 Aug

When making Champagne three different varieties of Grape are predominantly used. You may or may not know, but the colour of Champagne is actually white, two of the three varieties used in making Champagne have red skin, these Grape varieties are Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir.

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Pinot Noir Grapes                                 Pinot Meunier Grapes

 

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Chardonnay Grapes

Chardonnay Grapes, which is the third variety of grape used in making Champagne is white skinned as shown in the above image. The red grapes used in making Champagne are able to produce white wine down to a number of reasons. All grapes are handpicked and there is no machinery used in the picking process at all. The picked grapes are than delicately pressed during the fermentation process, and there is no contact between the juices that have been pressed and the skins of the grapes used in the pressing.

When you take a look at the structure of the Champagne, it is the Chardonnay Grape that adds the backbone and provides the depth of the champagne. The reason that the three varieties are used is that they work well together is because of the difference in the way they are planted. One is planted on east facing chalky slopes, the other is planted on north facing slopes, there specifics are so different, but they could not blend and work well together in any other way.

Many of the famous Champagne Houses will use different grape varieties from different regions, this is to ensure that the brand that they are blending remains unique and tastes the same every time it is blended and created.

Just remember the next time you sit down to enjoy your favourite Champagne drink, let the bouquet of aromas delight your senses, let it capture your imagination, let it take you to the vineyards in France, let it take you where it wants to go.

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Champagne Direct, what’s the best celebration bubbly?

21 Aug

Champagne Direct, what’s the best celebration bubbly?

We are nearly into the final quarter of the year; summer is fighting its last days as the colder weather starts to take over. As Christmas approaches, at least we can decide on what champagne we can crack open and drink to toast the new year of 2014!

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The various quality champagnes and sparkling wines that are available on the market today are so good, that nowadays you can find some great tasting wines at just about any price.

It’s important though not just to limit these great tasting sparkling wines to only the New Year; they can also be a great compliment with selected dishes and accompany party foods very well too.

Let’s take a look at a couple of favourites and how the differ from each other in appearance, taste and price.

Veuve Clicquot Brut “Yellow Label” — this is a firm favourite and a choice of many years after year. This French favourite offers aromatic bursts apples and pears with a clear taste of fresh baked bread, and toast. This classic will accompany most foods and retails for around $50 – $60 a bottle.

• Piper-Heidsieck Brut — this favourite too has a lively aroma of peach, apple and citrus. It also has a great taste of toast and fresh baked bread; it accompanies poultry well including chicken and turkey. This brand can be found retailing at $30-$40.

• Bollinger, “Special Cuvee” Brut — this is officially a favourite of Her Majesty the Queen of England, that’s why it has her official stamp on the label, it is also the fictional spy character James Bond’s favourite wine. Its high quality and has loads of flavours and boasts of apple, honey with a hint of smoke. It accompanies most foods well, and can stand up well on its own when used for celebrating. You would be looking at paying around $50 to $80 depending where you are purchasing it from.

Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut — this sparkling wine originates from California, and probably one, if not the best American sparkling wines around today. It has lively aromas of cinnamon, apples and baked bread, it bold in taste and rich in style and should cost you around $20-$25 again depending on where it is purchased.

But don’t just limit these to New Year’s and spraying bubbles on the dance floor. These wines are great with the food at the party or even with your holiday dinners.

Do you let the aroma from Champagne excite your senses before tasting?

20 Aug

Everyone knows that the way we experience the world is through the five senses. In order to understand something truly, it needs either tasted, smelled, touched, heard, or seen. The amazing thing about the five senses is the way experiences imprints on a person’s mind.

One sip of specific champagne brand, or the scent of a champagne, could instantly bring a person back to their wedding day, or the New Year’s Eve event that changed their life. Whatever the memory brought forth by the taste and scent, these two senses play a big role in recalling it forward.

Research, however, suggests the scent of something plays the larger role in memory recall, or the final decision as to whether it will taste good or bad. For instance, if a person were to take a sip of their favourite drink, whilst plugging their nose, the taste of the drink disappears.

It is the olfactory sense that produces the results of certain tastes. It is the nose and its ability to notice scents that tells the brain whether a person is about to eat or drink something wrong. Case in point, the smell of milk or an egg turned, produces a rotten smell that tells the brain, to tell the person about to eat or drink it, to set it down and throw it in the bin.

This is why it is proper to smell the champagne before tasting it. When a review is written about champagne, it will always include the phrase…”on the nose,” or something to that effect. Smelling the champagne or wine for that matter helps the person’s brain categorize the smells to make certain it is not spoilt, but it also adds to the experience of the taste, especially when it smells delicious.

Here is one excellent example of a champagne review (please note that Champagne Direct has made it a priority to post reviews in the description portion of all the products to help with purchase choice):

Product: Moet & Chandon Rose £24.95, “On the nose the aromas are intense and irresistible, a lively bouquet of fresh red summer berries with floral nuances and a light peppery touch. The palate is flamboyant and combines intensity and roundness: fleshy and juicy at first, then firm, with a subtle herbal finish.”

In summary, enjoy a glass of champagne better by first letting the bouquet of aromas awaken your senses before enjoying and treasuring the taste of that first sip.

 

7 Crazy Truths about Champagne you might not Know

6 Aug

Champagne, although a luxurious and elegant drink, has also ingrained itself into popular culture for the past couple of centuries. Here are a few trivia champagne facts that you might not know, and can use as conversation starters at the next party.

Did you know…?

  1. The Brut Champagne that was served on the Titanic was the Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Blue Top. A champagne bottle was one of the few items recovered from the undersea wreckage still undamaged.

  2. The American actress Marilyn Monroe once bathed in champagne. It took approximately 350 bottles to fill up the tub.
  3. James Bond, Ian Fleming’s spy character is widely known for his classic line, “Shaken, not stirred,” when ordering a martini. In actuality, he is reported to have consumed more glasses of champagne, the count of champagne reaches up to thirty-five in the movie series.

  4. There is more pressure built-up in one bottle of champagne, than an automobile tire, three-times more pressure to be exact.

  5. Scientist Bill Lembeck, calculated that there is an estimated 49 million bubbles in a 750ml champagne bottle at the temperature of 20° C.

  6. Heinrich Medicus holds the world record for farthest distance on, “cork flying,” the record distance is an incredible, 177 feet and 9 inches, achieved in 1988. (Do we have any takers to beat it?)

  7. The word and method of Champagne making is copyrighted. Any other champagne creators, who did not use grapes made from the vineyards of, Champagne France, must label their bottle with “methode champenoise,” and call it Sparkling wine.

In conclusion, raise your glass…Cheers to champagne, which is and will forever be the most favoured drink worldwide. For a full range of champagne varieties, special offers, and more, visit champagnedirect.co.uk.

 

Reference:

Buzzle (June 16, 2012) Champagne Facts by Marlene Alphonse, Retrieve on July 19, 2013 from web source: buzzle.com/articles/champagne-facts.html

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.

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.

Eleven Great Tips for Enjoying the Champagne Experience

11 Jun

Hosting a champagne party and enjoying champagne with your friends is a great and relaxing experience. Here are some of the top champagne tips that we have found:

1. The best way to drink champagne is to use a glass or even better is crystal. The style has emerged as the flute and you should always hold the glass by the stem so that it does not warm up too quickly.

2. Interestingly enough, the way you wash your glass can impact the champagne’s bubbliness when serving. It is best not to use detergent as it can prevent the formation of foam. Use hot water and dry with a clean cotton dishcloth.

3. You always should sample your champagne before serving as you would with any wine.

4. When serving, you should always start with the ladies then moving to the senior men and proceed until given out.

5. A common mistake is filling the glasses to the top in one phase. To avoid spilling, it is better to serve in two phases.

6. If planning a party, the normal amount you would estimate is six glasses to a regular sized bottle.

7. There are many questions on  whether to have your food or champagne first. Everyone will decide for himself or herself but serving the champagne first allows to have a fresh taste.

8. There is an age-old tradition of opening your champagne bottle called sabrage. Sabrage is a 200-year-old French tradition, invented by Napoleon’s cavalry. 

9. A non-vintage Brut is a champagne that goes well with all flavours, making every mouthful delicious.

10. A Magnum will pour around fifteen flutes. If you’re expecting a really large crowd, bring out the Jeroboam (31 glasses, 4 bottles).

11. When considering how to store your champagne, remember that they are wines so they continue to evolve in the bottle until opened. So it is important to keep them chilled, if this is how they should be kept until use.