Champagne is infamous for its status, taste and fizzy indulgence. We’ve compiled everything you need to know about the decadent drink here so you can show off your know-how this Christmas.
First, some quick tips:
- If you want to look fancy, hold the bottle from the base, with your thumb secure in the space at the bottom (that’s why it’s there)!
- When pouring, be patient and pour a little in each glass before topping up fully! No one wants a sticky glass… or to waste delicious champagne!
With that out of the way… you may be wondering what actually IS champagne?
1. Champagne is a wine
It may seem obvious, but though often in its own section at the supermarket, champagne is still technically a wine! The difference is in the fizz. But how is the fizz conjured up?
2. Why it’s fizzy
Unlike other wines, champagne is fermented twice. Sugar and yeast are added before the second fermentation. The yeast feeds on the sugar and produces the fizz! The same is true for beers.
3. Not just anyone can make it
The title of ‘champagne’ is reserved exclusively for bottles produced in the region of Champagne, in North-Eastern France. Champagne translates into English as ‘countryside’ which is somewhat confusing for us Brits. A waiter saying “your countryside is grown exclusively in the Countryside” is essentially what you’re being told when served Champagne. Makes sense.
4. But then what’s prosecco?
While both champagne and prosecco are sparkling wines, the difference lies in the grapes used to make them. Champagne is strictly ONLY from the Champagne region and uses Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes native to the region whereas prosecco is made using Glera grapes grown around Venice and the Northern reaches of Italy.
5. How did it start?
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It is often believed that sparkling wine was discovered by Benedictine monk, Dom Perignon. It is, however, far more likely that sparkling wine was discovered by accident years before. Monks around Europe noticed that some wine, if left too long, could become fizzy. At first this was considered a fault and led to the drink being named ‘the devil’s wine’ because it would send corks flying, foam everywhere and generally cause monks’ great mischief!
It’s not always expensive!
Here at BoroughBox we’re committed to showcasing the very best of artisanal producers, at an affordable price. If you’re hankering for the sweet kiss of a refreshing glass of champers, head straight to our Champagne Collection!