One of the many Wine-Knows' trips to Champagne
Here are 10 facts that the Champagne-lover needs to keep close at hand for cocktail trivia in the New Year:
1. The classic Champagne coupe glass (rarely used now) was modeled from a mold that was supposedly made from the breast of Marie Antoinette.
2. A regular serving of Champagne produces about 100 million bubbles before it goes flat.
3. Champagne was not “discovered” by Dom Perignon…this monk actually tried to remove the bubbles in a batch of wine that had “gone bad.”
4. The Champagne region, France’s most northerly wine district, lies at the northern edge of the world’s grape growing latitude.
5. Only the following 3 grapes can be used to produce Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
6. Veuve Clicquot is named after the widow of a winery owner ("veuve" means widow).
7. The biggest bottle of Champagne is 40 times the normal sized bottle and is called a Melchizedek. The second largest bottle is a Nebuchadnessar which is half the size of the Melchizedek.
8. Your chances of dying from a flying Champagne cork (which can reach a velocity of 40 miles per hour) is greater than the chance of death by the bite of a poisonous spider.
9. Only sparkling wines produced in the Champagne region can be called Champagne (one exception is California’s Korbel which was grandfathered-in).
10. Two English sparkling wines beat out some of France’s most prestigious Champagnes in a blind tasting in Paris (refer to last week’s Blog).
Happy New Year!