Ready to celebrate? Well, before you pop-open your next bottle of sparkling wine, discover these surprising 10 secrets you never imagined possible!
Sparkling wine and champagne are some of the most popular choices for any celebration. But like many other fan-favorited, there are some surprising secrets to learn about sparkling wine that you probably never even imagined! So, what are the top 10 secrets about sparkling wine?
Champagne Is Made from Red Grapes?!
Unlike many wines made from the Pinot Noir grapes, Champagne retains a light color despite usually being made from a red grape. Normally, sparkling wine made in the Chardonnay region will be made from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, or a blend of different types. A champagne made exclusively from Pinot Noir is called a blanc de noirs, while a champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be called a Blanc de blanc.
The Fastest Rout to a Nice buzz?
It turns out that bubbly beverages that contain alcohol, such as sparkling wine, get you drunker, faster. While the science is still uncertain of how this occurs in the body, may believe that the carbonation process helps the alcohol move more quickly from your stomach to your small intestine, where it is absorbed.
Big Bubbles Bad, Small Bubbles Good
Did you know that the size of the bubbles in your sparkling wine says a lot about the quality of your drink? As it turns out, wine experts agree that as the wine’s bubbles get smaller and smaller, the quality of the wine gets better and better.
Vintage – Yes, No, Maybe?
As you get familiar with wine, you’ll quickly learn that wine vintages are a major point of discussion for many wine aficionados. Wine vintage refers to the number listed on the bottle’s label, but sometimes all you’ll see are the letter “NV”. This stands for “non-vintage”, indicating that the wine is a combination of different wines with different ages. This often occurs due to changing weather conditions, where one year’s soft yield will be combined with a stronger year to produce a finer sparkling wine.
You Can Use a Butter Knife to Saber the Bottle!
This might come as a surprise, but did you know that you don’t need a heavy sword or large knife to saber the sparkling wine bottle at the beginning of your celebration? Instead, simply find the seam along the bottleneck and strike the top lid with a butter knife to get the party started!
Yes, Sparkling Wine and Fried Chicken Are a Match Made in Heaven
While fried chicken is a far-cry from caviar, Champagne’s go-to food partner, it’s actually one of the best combinations out there. You see, the sparkling wine’s relative acidity and high mineral content allows it easily cut through the rich flavor and oil in fried chicken, giving you a chance to clean that palate through-and-through and enjoy your next bite as if the previous one never even occurred!
It All Goes Back to a Monk!
Believe it or not, but the first to perfect the recipe for sparkling wine was none-other than Dom Pérignon, a French Benedictine monk that was alive during the 17th and 18th centuries. Pérignon is credited with laying the foundations for the Champagne region to become world-famous for its lovely sparkly!
Make a Royal Cocktail in Seconds
The French Kir Royale cocktail is quite possibly one of the most well-known drinks in any celebration. To make it, simply maintain a ratio of 5:1 of sparkling wine and crème de cassis, a lovely liquor with a sweet blackcurrants flavor, and you’re all set.