It’s time to toast for National Champagne Day! With New Year’s on its way, we’ll all be looking forward to celebrating the coming year with a toast. What better way than with champagne?
With it’s bubbly and light taste, champagne is the preferred beverage of many when it comes to gatherings, dinner or a party.
History of Champagne
This alcoholic drink is the ultimate French sparkling wine. To make champagne, only specific grapes that are grown according to the rule of particular plots of land that is within the appellation can be used.
The Romans were among the first who planted vineyards in north-east France in the 5th century. The churches who owned vineyards produced wine for the purpose of the sacrament. The wine was also served in the coronation days.
Sparkling wine or champagne was first recorded in 1531. It was invented by the monks, where they bottled the wine exactly before the initial fermentation ended. After a century, the addition of sugar to a finished wine to create the proceeding fermentation process was recorded by an English scientist and physician.
In 1662, the first customised bottle specially made to withstand the pressure during the second fermentation process was created. The collection of champagnes made in the 19th century is sweeter than we bottles that we currently have.
Types of Champagne
Champagne is varied according to its ingredient and the amount of sugar of its content.
Blanc de Blancs
White champagne that is made exclusively from the Chardonnay grapes.
Sugar and wine are blended and added to most champagne. It is usually added at the final bottling to balance out the acidity level of the wine.
Blanc De Noirs
Blanc De Noirs is White Champagne that is made of red Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
Champagne that has visible foam on top of the glass of wine after one pour on the glass.
This wine is made dry. The sugar used in making the wine is less than 12 grams.
How to Celebrate National Champagne Day
Celebrate National Champagne Day with your loved ones by enjoying every drop of champagne. There is nothing more perfect than enjoying and relaxing by drinking champagne together with friends or family. Not all expensive champagne tastes the best, but here is a list of the best of the best champagne you should try.
- Best champagne overall: Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2008
- Best vintage champagne: Ruinart Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2006
- Best non-vintage champagne: Moët & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot
- Best eco-friendly champagne: Bollinger Brut Special Cuvée
- Best rosé champagne: Billecart Salmon Brut Rosé
- Best prosecco: La Marca
- Best cava: Dominio de Los Duques
Celebrate National Champagne Day with everyone around you by enjoying the taste of champagne. Happy National Champagne Day!
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