Fun Facts About Champagne

Happy #ChampagneMonday!

Today, as we celebrate YOU and all the goodness surrounding you, I thought you might want to learn some fun facts about bubbly. 

Effervescent and elegant, champagne is synonymous with celebration, but do you know the back story of this celebratory treat? 

The tradition of drinking champagne to mark celebrations originated in the royal courts of Europe prior to 1789, where the expensive drink was viewed as a status symbol. 

Champagne was invented by a monk. Dom Perignon, a Benedictine monk, worked hard to prevent or remove the bubbles that ruined so much of the wine in the monastery cellar. Despite his best efforts, the bubbles continued to form. One day, he decided to sample the messed-up fermentation and realized they weren’t so bad. That’s the day champagne was born. 

Here are a few more fun facts about bubbly (taken from all over the internet…so they must be true!):

Fact: it’s not Champagne unless it’s from the Champagne Region in France, where the three grape varieties used for true Champagne are grown. 

Fact: While all Champagne is sparkling wine, not all sparkling wine is Champagne. You can enjoy many kinds of sparkling wine (like Cava or Prosecco, Crémant or a bubbly Rosé). 

Fact: In order to get those bubbles that we all know and love, sparkling wine goes through two fermentation processes, but it is the second fermentation (the one that produces the bubbles), that differentiates them.

Fact: Champagne has 3 times more carbonation than beer.

Fact: The pressure in a Champagne bottle is about 3 times the amount of pressure of that in a car tire. When popped, a Champagne cork can reach a velocity of 24.8 miles per hour.

Fact: The longest recorded cork flight was 177 feet and 9 inches.

Fact: Experts apparently cannot agree on exactly how many bubbles are in a bottle of Champagne. But they are sure trying to figure it out. Gérard Liger-Belair of the University of Reims made Champagne facts the subject of his PhD, and his calculations say there are 20 million bubbles in a bottle. 

Pro Tip: Liger-Belair says pouring at a slant preserves more of the gas bubbles, which in turn, preserves its sophisticated taste.

Fact: France has the largest Champagne market (of course). The French consume 162.5 million bottles every year, or about 52 percent of the entire world production of Champagne.

Want to learn more about #ChampagneMonday and why we choose to celebrate it? Then CLICK HERE. We hope you’ll join us in this movement of promoting positivity and perspective.

We want to celebrate all the good things in life with YOU!

 

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