Shaking a bottle of Champagne and popping up its covers during birthday, holidays, and other festive celebrations is a common scene in movies and even in real life. After all, sipping a glass of that classic alcoholic beverage can sure get one’s moods up.
In short, Champagne is a staple in big or small celebrations. In fact, one can easily order Champagne online in the UK and have it delivered to their doorsteps for convenience. But, people who are not familiar with the drink might wonder what makes it so special. Take a deeper look at the process and a bit of history of Champagne making to have your most asked questions answered.
What is Champagne?
Technically, Champagne is a region from France and for a bottle of drink to be called Champagne, it has to go through the traditional process of producing wines of such kinds. Other kinds of wine that have bubbles and a sweet taste which are not from the region are simply referred to as a bubbly, sparkling wine, or even champagne. Take note of the lowercase C.
So, if you are looking for a legit Champagne experience, a bottle that comes with a hefty price tag is a sign. But, if you want just as good of experience minus the spending, you can opt for “Method Traditionelle” labels in your bottle. This means it is made with the same process a traditional Champagne is made instead of an alternative time-saving process which produces less quality wine.
Is it really a wine?
Yes, Champagne is a kind of wine because it is made of grapes and starts as a still wine. However, because of a different fermentation process which produces bubbles, the experience of drinking a Champagne is different from that of drinking traditional wines.
How is it made?
A winemaker creates a dry, still wine that will serve as a base. This is then mixed with other types of wine to achieve the desired taste. Sugar and yeast are then added before it is bottled and sealed. This whole process is considered the first fermentation. The second fermentation happens inside the bottle itself. In a span of 6 weeks, the yeast will break down the sugar and convert it to alcohol and carbon dioxide. This explains the bubbles present in Champagne. The bottles will be rotated until the yeast reaches the neck of the bottle and is removed. Wine and sugar will then be added to achieve the desired flavor. It is then sealed with a cork and is returned to the cellar for further aging.
What is the right way to serve it?
Because making Champagne is truly time-consuming it is just but right to serve it the right way. Champagne is best served and drank chilled. This means serving it at around 7 degrees Celsius. Putting it in the chiller for at least 3 hours and submerging it in a cold bucket once opened allows you to enjoy it best.
So the next time you pop a bottle up, remember the whole Champagne making process and be able to enjoy your drink even more.