there’s always room for more.
i love champagne. i. love. it.
i have to find some great california sparkling wine*. one that i truly enjoy. i need to do some tasting and some research soon. i’m sure there are some excellent ones out there. cali has so many fine wines… just as fine as the french ones i’ve had. some better. das right! i said it.
but… back to champagne. our consumption increased something like 30% in 2011. which is great news because it’s such a happy and well admired drink.
(side note: no matter how broke people are there is always $ for ssex and booze, right? i’ve heard)
ok… no more booze and sex talk. back on track and to champagne.
… and though i’m not sure who invented champagne, i make sure i say ‘merci, dom perignon.’ and amen to the bubbly!
i love it alone. or a kir royale, death in the afternoon… but i’ve yet to try a black velvet and i do like guiness room temp so i’m not sure how that would work. lemmethink….
(i’ll add some cocktail potions here soon) mimosas anyone?
and now for some trivial champagne info… which i find interesting (and somewhat useless) to know.
my favorite fact is this myth or legend. it may be possibly true and i really don’t care if you say it’s false. i’m not listening.
—it is said that the coupe de champagne is molded after the bitchy, witch… narcissistic French Queen Marie Antoinette’s, breast. this way all her ‘admires, her subjects and everyone else could drink to her health in them. them…being her breasts. ah, i love that .
—i mentioned the monk, dom perignon as a possible ‘inventor’ of the champagne process. The monk allowed the necessary carbon dioxide to build up in the fermentation process– this created the bubbles! now that’s a good find.
—there are over 40 million bubbles in one regular/normal/common bottle of champagne. yikes! this may be closer to 50 million, actually. but who’s counting?
—there’s a special “methode champenoise” on the label of each bottle of the bubbly. there are three traditional grapes used to make champagne :Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay all which grow in the northeastern region of la france.
this is a fun fact too:
—careful!: champagne cork leaves the bottle at a velocity of approximately 35-40 mph, but can possibly pop out at as fast as even 100 mph. that’s pretty darn fast and if you’re hit… well, drink the pain away.
—i’ve never taken a bath in champagne. not yet anyway. bubble bath… hmm. sounds fun.
…and please remember that i’m not wikipedia…. and i probably wrote this while sipping a glass or two so the facts are all true as long as you have a glass of the bubbly with me. :)
some favorite quotes:
Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!
~ Dom Perignon, at the moment he discovered champagne
I drink Champagne when I win, to celebrate…and I drink Champagne when I lose, to console myself.
~ Napoleon Bonaparte (i wonder if he thought of this while he was being entertained by the veuve clicquot ? hmm.)
Remember gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne!
~ Winston Churchill, WWI
* remember, we can’t call it champagne if it doesn’t come from la france.