Mini delights of sparkling bubbles. Whether French Champagne, Spanish Cava, Italian Prosecco or another sparkling bubbly, the elegant, small bottles of bliss are sure to delight. Referred to as “Champagne Splits”, these individual bottles are a quarter size of a regular 750ml bottle of bubbly. Equal to two small glasses or one generous glass of sparking bubbly, these “splits” are also referred to as an “Individual” or “Single Serving” bottle. Who knew that you can even find these effervescent bottles in a 4-pack? Alas, since sparkling wines should be enjoyed shortly after the cork is popped to maintain the integrity of the bubbles, perhaps a mini bottle is the perfect aperitif. “Tiny bubbles in tiny bottles” are the perfect “take-away” from a celebration. Any celebration is perhaps the perfect opportunity to bestow a memorable token of appreciation to those that fill our lives. Life is a celebration and celebrations require bubbly!
Although I have expounded on the topic of the timeless effervescence of Champagne, a quick review is always in order-and a word about “Champagne”….
True “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. Thus, the terms “Cava” and “Prosecco” hold reference to a sparkling bubbly such as 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. Who knew? This traditional method of production is termed “Methode Champenoise”. A traditional method that has endured to delight us with sparkling, bubbly bliss. Of note, the designation “Brut Champagne”, the ‘Modern Champagne’, has certainly endured as a bubbly of esteemed status. Whether you prefer your Champagne dry, extra dry or sweet (Demi Sec or Doux Blends), whether the sparkling bubbly is Cava or Prosecco, there is sure to be a bubbly that meets your taste. The key is finding your preference and uncorking its glory. Iconic effervescence, indeed…
For myself, sparkling wines took on a new precedence upon visiting Europe during the late 1990’s. As an American visiting Barcelona, Spain I learned just how pleasurable a glass of Cava was as an apertif. Alas, it was not just for celebratory moments and occasions in Spain as it is in the United States. It was merely the enjoyment and lightness of this drink. An aperitif that I have since embraced as a perfect prelude. Sheer delight in bubbly bliss! Even still, giving attention to this mini-bottle of sparkling delight in moments of celebration is worthy of appreciation. And of the decoration of these mini bottles for events and tokens of appreciation to delighted guests? Labeled and ribboned festive bottles of effervescent pleasure are elegant gestures of continued celebration….
When life calls for moments to gather and celebrate, one such Winter night would bring forth a small, intimate gathering of friends at our home. A myriad of sparkling bubbly awaited aside from the French “Champagne”. It was a sparkling evening, indeed…
Consider the mini bottles of sparkling wines. These extraordinary and iconic bubbly are certainly relished during pivotal life events and celebratory moments. 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. Bubbly from which to raise a glass to, indeed!