Here are some things that I was interested in when first learning about champagne:
Price range: Money seems essential when picking bubbles to drink, I feel this isn’t necessarily the case. Drink what you like, don’t be dictated by cost. In saying that, it is thought that the more expensive the fall, the finer the bubble beads are that is a sign of higher quality champagne.
I’ve tried some extremely expensive champagnes and not appreciated them all, while one of my favourites is under $50. Do you feel a enthusiast should try bubbles throughout the price range? I do.
Opening time: I think champagne should not be open for more than 24 hours. Using something like a champagne saver will help keep the bubbles longer, if only for a few days. I suggest it’s advisable to open a bottle on a Friday night and spread it over the weekend. Or even better, have some girlfriends over on Saturday afternoon and open a few bottles for the evening.
Headaches and hangovers: I never get headaches from champagne. The biggest problem you may have is heat, which will permit you to be dehydrated, giving you a headache. Avoid drinking in the spa, on the edge of the pool or on the boat when in direct sun.
Serving temperature: Generally, the rule is to serve champagne at 8 to 10 degrees Celsius. When from the hot weather of the heaven we live in, I feel we could afford to go down a couple of degrees.
Is Champagne from France: Technically it is. Champagne is a sparkling wine from the Champagne region of France. There are a number of rules to be followed to be considered: a secondary fermentation of the wine in the bottles to make carbonation, there are explicit vineyard practices, sourcing of the grapes and special pressing regimes. While this seems like a lot to worry about, you do not need to! Someone else does. They follow the traditions to deliver to us the beauty of their product that just an enthusiast may enjoy.
I challenge you to become an enthusiast in something and let us know what that is so that we may learn from you.
What’s the best way to learn about champagne? Proceed to your regional specialist and have a chat, join a champagne tasting class or take home some bottles and enjoy them with friends or family. Cheers.