Champagne Trivia

Champagne Trivia

Sweet Champagne: Until 1850, all French Champagne was sweet.

Number of Bubbles in a Bottle: Some sources have calculated that there are about 50 million bubbles in a regular bottle of Champagne.

Longest Flight: The longest recorded Champagne cork flight was 53m or 174 ft., launched from level ground at Woodbury Vineyards in New York State.

Le Champagne & La Champagne: Which do you use…when? “La” is used for describing the Region and “Le” is used to for the bubbly you drink.

Champagne Bath: It is reported that Marilyn Monroe once filled up her tub with 350 bottles of Champagne, and took a long, luxurious bath in it.

French Champagne: The term is a tautology, as all Champagne is by default French.

The Foil on the Bottle: Every bottle of Champagne has foil wrapped around the outside of the cage. In the old days, foil was lead-lined to try to prevent mice from eating into the cork.

The Largest Champagne Pyramid: At 56 Stories High, it was constructed using 30,856 long-stem Champagne flutes between Dec 28 & 30 1999 by Luuk Broos, Director of Maison Luuk-Chalet Fountaine at the Steigenberger Kurhas Hotel Scheveningen Netherlands.

Champagne Glass or Coupe: There’s a little story behind the champagne glass, dating back to Greek mythology. The first “coupe” was said to be molded from the breast of Helen of Troy. The Greeks believed that wine drinking was a sensual experience, and it was only fitting that the most beautiful woman take part in shaping the chalice.

Centuries later, Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, decided it was time to create a new champagne glass. She had coupes molded to her own breasts, which changed the shape of the glass entirely, since Marie Antoinette was – shall we say- better endowed than Helen of Troy.

The first written Reference of Sparkling Champagne: Was by the English in 1676, Etherege wrote in praise of “Sparkling Champagne” which “Quickly recovers..Poor laughing lovers…Makes us frolic..and drowns all our sorrows”. Prior to this it is believed that Champagne was non-sparkling.

Bouncing Raisin: If a raisin is dropped into a glass of champagne will repeatedly bounce up and down between the top and the bottom of the glass.

Do Champagne Bubbles get you drunk more quickly: Do bubbles go straight to your head! It is reported that Scientists at the University of Surrey (England), did a study of people drinking bubbly Champagne vs. those who drank a flat version. Their tests showed that while the flat Champagne drinkers only had .39 mg or 3.9% of alcohol in their system after five minutes. Those who were drinking the bubbly already had .54 mg or 5.4%. Why ? No one knows for sure, though Scientists theorise that it might be because the bubbles assist alcohol get digested more quickly into the blood system.

Largest Champagne Bar Tab: If you happened to be in Brown’s club in London’s Covent Garden on November 24, 2001, then you were lucky enough to be a beneficiary of one of the largest rounds of drinks ever. An anonymous German-born fruit exporter started by offering a birthday drink to club owner Richard Traviss and wound up buying one for everyone present. His generosity resulted in a £42,608 bill, which included 49 bottles of Cristal Rosé champagne at £325 each, 40 bottles of Cristal champagne at £250 and 20 bottles of Dom Pérignon at £225

Only Three Grapes Allowed: The only 3 grapes that can be used in Champagne are Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay.

Sugar & Champagne: The residual sugar levels in Champagne that are represented on the labels are categorized as follows: BRUT (0-1.5 % residual sugar), EXTRA DRY (1.2-2.0 % residual sugar), SEC (1.7-3.5 % residual sugar), DEMI-SEC (3.3-5.0 % residual sugar), DOUX (5.0 + % residual sugar). Brut being the most popular.

Ship Launching Trivia: Many People have seen a ship being launched using a bottle of Champagne. The history of breaking a bottle of wine over a ship’s bow was dates back to the about the late 17th century (initially wine then champagne). The British Navy originally baptised their ships with a “standing cup” of precious metal, which was afterwards thrown overboard. Unfortunately with the increased production of ships during for the increasing British Empire the cost became extensive, hence the use of Champagne instead.

The ‘Titanic‘ was launched by the White Star Line on Wednesday, May 31, 1911 in front of all the dignitaries, and over 100,000 spectators watching the event. Lord Pirrie (chairman of Harland and Wolff, owners of The Titanic) simply gave the calm order to the launch foreman. There was no formally naming ceremony, no bottle of champagne broken across her bow and the Titanic was never christened. So became her fate.

Do you have a favorite piece of champagne -or wine – trivia? Have we missed anything? Let us know know!

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