Fun Facts about Champagne

Dom Perignon a Benedictine monk at the Abbey of Hautvillers invented champagne. Champagne is really a wine. There are two characteristics to champagne. It has to come from the regulated 81,600 acres of the Champagne region in France. Champagne is a blend of different varieties of grapes unlike wine. He allowed carbon dioxide to build up in the fermentation process and created bubbles. There are 49 million bubbles in one 750ml bottle of champagne. The pressure in a bottle of champagne is 90 pounds per square inch about three times that in an automobile tire.

Legend tells that the champagne “coupe” a goblet was modeled in the shape of Marie Antoinette’s breast using wax molds. A cork leaves the bottle at a velocity of 38-40mph but can pop out as fast as 100 mph! The largest champagne glass unveiled in Italy stands 7 feet tall and can hold 22 bottles of regular champagne. The famous Marilyn Monroe is said to have taken a bath in bubbly. It took 350 bottles to fill the tub! The official champagne of the Titanic was Heidsieck and Co Monopole Blue Top Champagne Brut. Rumor has it that there were a few bottles brought up with the salvage and still tasted great!

If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne it will keep floating to the top and sinking to the bottom! The bubbles in champagne actually carry alcohol into the bloodstream faster! Good champagne has bubble trains on the sides of the glass. This is called collerette.Champagne has three times the gas content of beer! It emits 30 bubbles per second! Beer only produces 10 bubbles per second. The release of the bubbles actually creates the release of flavours and aromas that we know from champagne and this is what merchants call “feel.” If you open a bottle of champagne and there is a loud pop then you have actually lost bubbles.

You should use crystal glasses when drinking champagne and they have to be tall and narrow so that they confine the bubbles and focus the aroma. You should let champagne sit for a couple of minutes after pouring it because it intensifies the aroma and taste! Rose Champagne is becoming more popular. The demand grew by 3% in 2006. Unlike, wines champagne will not improve with age. There is only a small amount of champagne that can be made because it can only be made from one particular land in the world so enjoy it!