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OUR CHAMPAGNE GUIDE

champagne guide
07/27/2022

When it comes to celebrating life’s special moments, no wine fits the bill quite like a chilled bottle of Champagne. This sought-after sparkling wine from Champagne, France is the perfect choice for festive occasions and makes for excellent gifts year-round. Champagne is a complex wine style, however, and we understand that you may have some questions about it. So, we have created a new Champagne Guide to help clear up some of the confusion around this world-famous bubbly! Browse the articles below to learn more about Champagne!

WHAT IS CHAMPAGNE ?

A bright gold or pink hue in the glass, a fine thread of effervescence rising to the surface, complex aromas of pastry and nuts… Champagne is recognized by wine lovers around the world and associated with celebration. But what actually is Champagne? In this article we take a look at this beloved sparkling wine from Champagne, France and discuss the winemaking techniques used to produce it. We also talk about the grapes included in the blend and the wide range of styles available from top producers.

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TYPES OF CHAMPAGNE

You may know that Champagne is a world-famous sparkling wine produced in Champagne France. But did you know that it comes in a stunning array of colors and styles? In this article we go through all the different types of champagne and the winemaking techniques used to create them. We take a look at white and rosé champagne, along with Blanc de Blancs and Blanc de Noirs, discussing the grape varieties with which they are made. We also take a look at vintage vs non-vintage and discuss different levels of sweetness in Champagne!

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CHAMPAGNE BRANDS

Dom Perignon, Louis Roederer, Bollinger, Moet & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Taittinger, Ruinart, Krug… We’re sure you have heard about these great names in Champagne. But do you know the fascinating story behind each of them and what sets them apart from one another? In this article, we take a look at some of the most famous Champagne brands and their beloved bubbly flagships. Learn more about these iconic producers, their history, their winemaking approach and their unique signature style.

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SPARKLING WINE VS CHAMPAGNE

There is no denying that there is something truly festive about popping a bottle of bubbly with family and friends. The fine thread of effervescence rising through a glass of your favorite sparkler has the potential to make any tasting moment truly unforgettable. But what is the difference between Champagne and other sparkling wines, like Prosecco, Cava, Franciacorta and Lambrusco? In this article we take a closer look at the similarities and difference between Champagne and the other wonderful sparkling wines in the world!

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CHAMPAGNE BOTTLE SIZES

So, you’ve decided to purchase a bottle of Champagne to open on a special occasion or to gift to a wine lover friend. However, you’re unsure about the bottle size to choose. No problem! In this article we take a look at the various Champagne bottle formats. We go through the smaller-than-standard bottles, including the piccolo and imperial pint, and discuss the eye-catching large formats, which make for unforgettable centerpieces. Learn more about formats like the Jeroboam, Balthazar, Nebuchadnezzar and mighty Melchizedek!

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HOW LONG DOES CHAMPAGNE LAST ?

Have you ever wondered about the shelf-life of Champagne or asked yourself how long an opened bottle of Champagne can be conserved in your fridge before it loses all of its bubbles? In this article, we try to answer these questions by taking a closer look at the lifespan of this world-famous bubbly. We also give advice on how to store your Champagne in a way that maximizes its shelf-life. Finally, we go through the different warning signs to look out for in the case of Champagne that has already gone bad.

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HOW TO STORE CHAMPAGNE ?

Have you received a bottle of Champagne that you wish to save for a special occasion and store in your cellar for years to come? Or perhaps you’re looking for a wine gift for a collector friend and thus seeking a Champagne made for long-term aging? In this article we provide some tips for proper Champagne storage, taking a look at the optimal temperature, humidity, lighting and bottle orientation. We also discuss which types of Champagne have significant aging potential and discover how bottle format can affect long-term storage.

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CALORIES IN CHAMPAGNE

If you have ever asked yourself, “How many calories are in a glass of Champagne?”, you are not alone. While this beloved sparkling wine from France is no doubt synonymous with celebration, like any other beverage, it does have calories. In this article we take a look at where Champagne calories come from, how the winemaking style affects these calories and how to calculate the total amount of calories in your glass of Champagne. Finally, we look at the additional health benefits that Champagne can have, when consumed in moderation.

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HOW TO HOLD A CHAMPAGNE GLASS

At an event, surrounded by people, with a glass of Champagne in hand, you may find yourself wondering whether you’re holding your glass correctly. After all, a wine glass has four main parts – a rim, a bowl, a stem and a base. So how does one know where to hold on to it? In this article we take a look at the three main types of Champagne glass – the flute glass, the coupe glass and the tulip glass – and discuss the different ways to hold each one of them. We also touch upon why it is important to hold a Champagne glass correctly.

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HOW TO OPEN A CHAMPAGNE BOTTLE

They say a bottle of Champagne should always open with a “sigh” or a “hiss,” rather than a “pop!” But with 90 PSI of pressure locked inside each bottle, how do you extract the cork in a way that is quiet, safe and elegant? In this article, we explain how to open a bottle of Champagne in 6 simple steps. We also offer some tips for dos and don’ts and mention a few dramatic alternatives to the conventional Champagne opening technique, including the Champagne rocket launch and the Champagne saber.

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT A CHAMPAGNE SABER

A festive tradition that dates back to Napoleonic times, sabering a bottle of Champagne is a great way to make any celebration truly unforgettable. When done incorrectly, however, this practice can be quite dangerous. In this article we take you through everything you need to know about the art of sabrage. We discuss the history of this ceremonial act, the physics behind it and how to find the right Champagne saber (or Champagne sword) for you. Finally, we present our 7-step guide for how to Champagne saber and go through some of the dangers associated.

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CHAMPAGNE BUBBLES : WHAT ARE THEY AND WHERE DO THEY COME FROM ?

What makes Champagne and other sparkling wines the tipple of choice when it comes to celebration? The bubbles. Created from carbon dioxide gas trapped in wine during the secondary fermentation process, bubbles induce a flow pattern in the glass, churning the wine and bringing forth complex and nuanced aromas. Bubbles are what make Champagne feel “alive.” In this article, we take a close look at Champagne bubbles, where they come from, what factors affect their behavior and how they influence the Champagne tasting experience

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THE CHAMPAGNE CORK : ITS HISTORY, DESIGN AND HOW TO REUSE IT

Made out of the bark of a cork tree and compressed into an iconic mushroom shape, the cork is an integral part of Champagne packaging, charged with the very important task of protecting the precious liquid inside the bottle. In this article, we focus on this humble natural stopper and take a closer look at its history, design and main functions. We go through how a bottle of Champagne is corked and offer suggestions on fun ways to reuse your Champagne or other sparkling wine corks. We also talk about the origins and meanings behind the tradition of the Champagne cork talisman.

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