Champagne, a sparkling and bubbly drink, is one of the most admired and popular alcoholic beverages across the globe. It is a sparkling, white-colored wine that is produced by secondary fermentation. Champagne is produced in a region in France by the same name, and is called the wine region of France. Earlier, it was produced to be exported to England, in barrels. The only method to check if the wine had fermented was to open the barrel and taste it.
Today, it is an integral part of every celebration, be it a birthday, wedding, Christmas and Halloween. Champagne tastes best when it is ice-cold and complements various meals. This drink is made from grapes, where the juice is extracted and undergoes double fermentation, once in the barrels and the second time in the bottles it is stored in, to yield a 'glittering' wine.
Unlike wine that is made out of only one type of grapes, champagne is made from three different types of grapes; two varieties of black grapes, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir and a variety of white grapes Chardonnay. The black grapes are pressed lightly just to extract the juice, leaving behind the dark-colored skin. These juices are then kept in caskets in a wine cellar, to undergo fermentation.
Champagne was actually discovered by sheer accident. The wine that was produced in Champagne (the French region) were kept in cellars. Due to the carbon dioxide gas that was produced during fermentation the thin glass bottles could not handle the built in pressure and would burst causing jeopardy to the workers. It was not until the British began shipping the wine and storing it in stronger bottles that the drink became popular.
The name 'champagne' is copyrighted and the wine can be named as champagne only if it is produced in Champagne, (the northeastern region of France). If a similar wine is produced, using the same methodology, elsewhere other than Champagne, then it has to be labeled as methode champenoise so as to give credit to the procedure.
The pressure in a champagne bottle is three times higher than in an automobile tire, measuring at ninety pounds per square inch.
There is a popular legend that a 'coupe' which is a broad rimmed shallow goblet was made using wax molds in order to resemble Marie Antoinette's bosom.
Marilyn Monroe, a popular American actress is believed to have taken a 'champagne bath'. It took approximately 350 champagne bottles to fill the bathtub.
The world's tallest champagne glass stands at approximately seven feet and can hold up to 22 bottles of champagne. This glass was unveiled at a festival in Spotelo, a city in Italy.
Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Blue Top Champagne Brut was the champagne that was served on Titanic. There was a rumor that a few bottles of this champagne that were recently brought out of the wreckage still tasted fantastic.
The velocity at which the cork leaves the bottle has been recorded at approximately 38-40 mph. It pops out at as fast as 100 mph. Heinrich Medicus, an American holds the record of making the champagne cork fly to a distance of 177 feet, 9 inches. He achieved this feat in New York in the year 1988.
Champagne goes very well with seafood, especially smoked salmon, lobsters, crabs, and oysters. The next time you have a party, simply amaze your friends by telling them these random facts about champagne, and earn brownie points. Cheers!