Timeless Effervescence Of Celebration: Champagne

The Sparkling Wine of  "Toasts"
The Sparkling Wine of “Toasts”

Champagne. That extraordinary and iconic bubbly that is relished during pivotal life events and celebratory moments. Alas, in praise of this effervescence of delicious wonderment, it is a sparkling beverage that can and should be enjoyed at any moment in life and should not be relegated to only monumental events and celebrations. Every day is a celebration. Uncorking this bubbly is a celebration in and of itself.

“Champagne” is the French word for the exquisite sparkling wine from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France. Following rules that demand a secondary fermentation process to create the iconic carbonation it is a bubbly delight to savor. Although the term “Champagne” is used generically for sparkling wine the name “Champange” is reserved exclusively for sparkling wines that come from Champagne, France. The primary grapes in this luscious effervescent bubbly are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Champagne Appellation law allows only grapes grown according to the appellation rules to be used in the production of Champagne. The leading producers of this magnificent bubbly have certainly devoted themselves to crafting an identity paired with history for their sparkling wine. Looking to the past, the history of wines from the Champagne region are said to have been known before medieval times. The Romans planted the vineyards in Northeast France and the region was cultivated by the 5th century, if not earlier. Church owned vineyards and monks continued to produce the wine. In fact, the oldest recorded sparkling wine is “Blanquette de Limoux”, said to have been created by Benedictine Monks in the Abbey of Saint Hilaire in 1531. This accidental feat was accomplished by bottling the wine before the initial fermentation was completed. This traditional method of production is termed “Methode Champenoise”. Of interest, this new wine was called “The Devil’s Wine” (Le Vin Du Diable) as the bottles would explode or the corks would jolt away from the bottles. Who knew? In 1697 English scientist and physician, Christopher Merret, documented the addition of sugar to a finished wine to create a second fermentation. Of interest, Merret’s discoveries coincided with English glass makers technical developments that allowed bottles to be produced to withstand the required the internal pressures during the secondary fermentation process. Interestingly, at that time, French glass makers could not produce the required strength or quality for such intense pressures. In 1844 that Adolphe Jacquesson invented the “Muselet” to prevent the corks from blowing out. Quite a history of a sparkling bubbly. Of interest, Champagne is said to have first gained world renown because of its association with the anointment of French kings. Again, who knew? Royalty throughout Europe touted the unique, sparkling bubbly of Champagne. In addition, Champagne came to hold an association with luxury and power in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Iconic effervescence, indeed…

The standard Champagne is “Brut”, which is a drier Champagne. It is interesting that the Champagne of the 19th century was considered sweeter than the Champagne of today. The trend towards drier Champagne began when Perrier-Jouet decided not to sweeten his 1846 vintage prior to exporting it to London. The designation “Brut Champagne”, the ‘Modern Champagne’, is a bubbly of esteemed status. Whether you prefer your Champagne dry, extra dry or sweet (Demi Sec or Doux Blends), there is sure to be a bubbly that meets your taste. The key is finding your preference and uncorking its glory…

Exquisite Bubbly:  Champagne
Exquisite Bubbly: Champagne
Champagne:  Effervescence Of Delight
Champagne: Effervescence Of Delight
French Sparkling Wine: The Allure Of Champagne
French Sparkling Wine: The Allure Of Champagne

Consider raising your glass to the New Year or a daily joy with this delicious carbonated sparkling wine in a Champagne flute or Champagne glass. Oh, the gaiety and delight in a glass filled with fizzy, bubbly delectable Champagne. The “pop” of the cork and the initial burst of effervescence that occurs when the Champagne contacts a dry glass upon pouring seems to put all in eyesight and earshot in high spirits. It is certainly symbolic to the exuberance of life’s celebrations. Again, whether monumental or ‘petite’ moments of joy…

Alas, New Years Eve is upon us. Indeed, a celebration that deems a moment to uncork this effervescence of celebration. Cheers to a tipped glass awaiting the arrival of the uncorked bubbly!! A “pop” and a fizz of sublime delight!
And…Cheers to commemorating life’s celebrations with the timeless effervescence of Champagne.

Kristin

Champagne's Allure

“Pop the cork and tip the glass, and drink the moment.”– Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right.”- Mark Twain

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