Champagne has always been associated with glamour, elegance and luxury. One will find that the drink is always present in every party or celebration of the hottest stars and celebrities. Every London VIP club has a list of champagnes on its drinks menu and are offering the best of its kind along with other premium drinks. So before you order another bottle and drink another glass, here are 15 fun facts about Champagne that you probably didn’t know yet:
- Champagne is actually a type of wine. The only difference between sparkling wine and champagne is the region it comes from. Authentic Champagne can only come from the Champagne region of France. Any bubbly from other parts of the world simply have to settle for the title of ‘sparkling wine.’
- The chalky remains of ancient sea-creatures are the “soil” for Champagne grapes. The Champagne region of France was actually once the floor of an ancient pre-historic sea. Now it’s the perfect foundation to grow grapes.
- A bottle of champagne has around 49 million bubbles! The characteristic bubbles that grace all Champagnes are formed during a second fermentation process, because of the addition of sugar and yeast. The two ingredients react to form carbon dioxide. This creates millions of bubbles trapped in a very small space.
- Sparkling wines and champagnes have categories too. The extra brut, brut, extra dry, sec and demi sec. All of this depends on sugar levels. In wine terms, ‘dry’ is the opposite of sweet.
- The loud pop every time Champagne bottles are opened is due tot the 90 pounds per square inch pressure inside a single bottle. Which is about three times the pressure in a car tire!
- To date the longest recorded flight is more than 177 feet (54 metres), given that the cork can reach a speed of around 40 mph (64 kph).
- The most expensive bottle of champagne costs $2.07 million dollars. This bottle literally has a diamond ingrained in the design on the outside.
- Good Champagne you should have what’s called “collerette” – these are bubble trains on the sides of the glass.
- Winston Churchill was served Champagne every day at 11 a.m. which is why Pol Roger, the renowned Champagne house, made a special one pint bottle of champagne for him.
- Marketing surveys have shown that concert-goers of hip-hop concerts, rap and R & B gigs, are 94% more likely to drink Champagne than the average person.
- Sip your champagne because if you drink it too quickly, the bubbles make the alcohol enter your bloodstream so fast that it can can even result in a headache.
- The form of the Champagne coupe glass was modelled on the shape of Marie Antoinette’s breast, which was adapted from a wax mould as legend tells us.
- Your champagne will stay more bubbly in a flute glass compared to a coupe glass.
- It can help prevent memory loss. According to new research, one to three glasses of champagne each week could counteract memory loss associated with aging – so cheers!
- Champagne has three times more gas than beer. Prepare for the bloat.
Whether you are drinking champagne for a party with friends or for a solitary moment with your random musings, this drink will definitely delight your senses.