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.

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.

Toast Time!

17 May

Celebrate the accomplishments of friends and family with a Champagne toast! Champagne has been used in many memorable occasions and continues to be a valued product over the ages. From weddings, to sporting events, birthday gatherings, to dinner parties, Champagne is always a great option for a celebration.

Promotions and raises are more great reasons to involve the use of champagne. This is a great moment to make a toast to the future and congratulate the coworker who received the promotion at hand.

The many ways to incorporate champagne into different celebration settings are endless. Socially, it can bring a lot of people together in one room for a lot of great memories to be recorded.

The great thing about champagne is that there are so many varieties of it. There is Dom Perignon, Mercier, and Moet to name a few and they all have different flavors and feels to them.  So no matter your preference there is a Champagne that will suit you and your palette perfectly; not to mention the list of Champagne Cocktails you can also experiment with to find your perfect match.

Champagne is also a great drink to go with special appetizers such as cheese or fruit.  There is such a luxurious feeling that comes from drinking champagne; yet it easily crosses all social gathering boundaries and fits nicely into any setting.

If you would like to pursue your love of Champagne further why not consider taking it up as a hobby?  Consider having a cellar or refrigerator unit dedicated to storing and collecting different varieties and years. A very popular hobby in recent years and one that will certainly make you increase your popularity amongst your friends and family!

Don’t Judge A Bottle by Its Price Tag

10 May

The price tag on some of the most expensive champagnes in the world should never put you off sampling them. Yes the range of high prices that are found with the famous Cristal Champagnes and Dom Perignons may drive the budget conscious individual to an early grave. You should never dismiss a bottle of champagne on price alone for there are some brands which offer far more valuable characteristics, which would not be experienced, if you determine your opinion only on price.

Champagne oozes class its characteristics allow this bubbly and refreshingly light beverage to be enjoyed on nearly all occasions. It can make events more memorable with guests being adequately refreshed without being floored by the alcohol volume. With champagne being so versatile a hefty price tag can be forgiven on the bigger brands. Champagne can also be enjoyed with virtually any cuisine, with most meals actually enhanced due to the accompanied complimenting tastes which a bottle of champagne can bring.

Did you know that the bubbles in a bottle of Champagne are not there to add to the way it looks? Yes it can make the drink look more appealing and attractive but the bubbles allow the blood to quickly absorb the alcohol at a rate much faster than other beverages. With champagne being so smooth and light it can definitely enjoyed at any event or occasion.

As with many quality things in life, you get what you pay for; expecting the best from a dear bottle of bubbly won’t disappoint you. Remember you’re not paying for taste alone; you’re paying for the full package. The years of maturing, the unique and vibrant bouquets bursting into life as the bottle is opened and poured to glass.

Whatever the occasion there is champagne to suit it, don’t pre judge on price, but rather judge after the full experience to give an accurate report. Champagne is more than just a price tag http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Champagne, it’s an overall experience to be tried and tested.

If indeed you happen to have any Champagne leftovers they also can be enjoyed.  Click Here for some great Champagne leftover recipes.

The Most Searched Brands of Champagne Online

6 May

With so many different varieties of fresh bubbly champagne available today to select from, it can be tedious to say the least when trying to select your favourite brand.  So it begs the question “just what makes great champagne”?

Your Champagne can vary in taste and style: sweet, rich, dry, and so on. In general champagne draws its character from the climate and where and what regions of the world the grapes were grown in, you also need experience from the winemaker who can add his own imaginative and creative gifts to the process.

What brands are the more probable to sell quicker than others, let’s take a look and see what the favourites are…

Dom Perignon – Is one of the most searched for brands online, owned by Moet & Chandon. Its fine taste is owed to the maturing process which lasts for seven years before being bottled and sold on the market.

Veuve Clicquot Champagne – Veuve Clicquot’s distinctive yellow label is what makes it the most well-known and best marketed Champagne on the consumer market today.

Ace of Spades Champagne – Armand de Brignac is Rapper Jay- Z’s creative Champagne brand. With hints of orange and almond this bubbly favourite is well made.

Cristal Champagne – A favourite of the rich and famous, this vintage well-presented champagne is one of the worlds finest.

Krug Champagne – Taking around 6-8 years to mature this wonderful creation continues to get better with age long after bottled, nutty in taste yet incredibly fresh.

Moet & Chandon – With vast experience in the Champagne region of France this favourite has always been on the list of great champagnes, great tasting fresh and bubbly.

Whatever the occasion it can be made memorable with that little touch of class, selecting a perfect champagne comes down to character, your character and the brands character, find your perfect match.