“So what do Champagne For Celebrations have in common ? Well, the letter C, you would say, if you are a non drinker. But, most of us the two are synonymous!. Lets see some facts one must know when celebrating parties with Champagne..”
Things to know about Champagne ?
In 1943, the wife of the Marquis de Pompadour used to buy 200 bottles of champagne every year (much like we but our colas), adding that she ordered champagne from Moet as it was the only wine that left a woman more beautiful after drinking it. Champagne was ‘spontaneous, charming, easy, like a woman!’
Part of champagne’s luxury status comes from the fact that the yield of the grapes from that region is almost constant and cannot be increased despite growing demand for the drink.
How to Open Champagne Bottle ?
The best way to open a bottle of Champagne without fear of spraying your guests, yourself, or spilling the precious liquid, is to follow the following steps: (you will be amazed at how many lack this simple know how, including international celebrities!)
- Remove the foil. Pull down the wire loop.
- Drape a towel over the bottle.
- Place your hand over the cork and loosen.
But don’t remove the wire cage. Grasp the cork and the cage firmly with your hand, then rotate the bottle (rather than the cork), by holding it as the base. This should allow the cork to come out on its base. This should allow the cork to come out on its own. Most wine connoisseurs insist the ideal way to open a bottle of champagne is to do it so carefully and gently that very little sound is emitted at all.Also, remember, when you next serve champagne, flutes should only be two-thirds full. Big red wine glasses should not be more than one-thirds full.
Unlike most quality wines, most champagne is non-vintage, produced from a blend of years (only few growers mention the exact blend on the label). If the champagne has been produced from a single vintage, it is labeled with the year, or millesime. Many champagnes are produced from bought-in grapes by well known brands, like Veuve Clicquot or Mumm.
Sometimes celebrators, especially at sport dos get a bit rowdy and spary champagne over the celebrators. This has become like the smashing of cake on the face a common habit across the Western world. But while the exuberance is contagious it is considered by connoisseurs, a serious waste of a liquor that has been many years in the making of its unique taste.
Today champagne has gone back to elegance and fashion though the habit of spraying at sports event has endured. A bottle of champagne is traditionally smashed against the hull of a boat or ship to launch it! Though champagne comes in regular sized bottles that are almost standard and is drunk with a certain ceremony from flutes or wide wine wine glasses, it is also available at select dos in individual small bottles that permit the liquid to be drunk through a straw! This came up as a result of models and celebrities drinking champagne between events or at shows, who being wary of spoiling their makeup! The ‘minute picedos’ or 1/4th bottles are sparingly used and never sold over the counter.
Champagne has come to stay as a part of celebrations across the world. Of course, we in India have adopted it so closely that we grow our own French quality vines, and bottle our own bubbly (marquis de Pompadour), some of which is exported! Yet, we cannot call our brands of sparkling wines, champagne. Because: In Europe and most other countries, the name champagne is legally protected as part of the Treaty of Madrid (1891) to mean only sparkling wine produced in its namesake region, adhering to the standards defined for that name as an Appellation d’Origine Controlee. This right was reaffirmed in the Treaty of Versailles following World War I. Even the term methode champenoise, or champagne method is, as 2005, forbidden in favour of method traditionnelle. There are sparkling wines made all over the world, and many use special terms to define their own sparkling wines: Spain uses Cava; Italy call it Spumante; South Africa uses Cap Classique. A sparkling wine made from Muscat grapes in Italy uses the DOCG Asti. In Germany sekt is a common sparkling wine. Even other regions of France are forbidden to use the name champagne.