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A few interesting facts about Champagne

Sprayed at sporting victories, quaffed at weddings, and smashed at boat launches, champagne is must definitely a drink for celebration but how much do you know about this beautiful drink. I thought I'd give you some interesting facts about champagne you may not know:

1. Who invented Champagne as we know it today?

People in France will tell you they invented the stuff - they maintain the 'methode champenoise' was discovered by Dom Pierre Perignon at the abbey of Hautvilliers in 1697.

However, in the beautiful Cotswold town of Winchcombe, they know better.

As a newly unveiled plaque in the town suggests, Christopher Merrett - a scientist, physician, naturalist and metallurgist in 1662 first documented "how to put the fizz into sparkling wine".

Merrett describes how English winemakers had been adding sugar to wines to give them a refreshing, bubbly quality - 30 years before a monk in France's Champagne region.

2. Accent sea creatures make up the soil of Champagne's grapes

The champagne region of France was once the floor of an ancient pre-historic sea. Now it’s the chalky remains of ancient sea-creatures that make the perfect soil to grow grapes.

3. Champagne bubbles can emerge at a rate of 400 per second for an average glass

When a bubble bursts, it ejects tiny droplets of concentrated champagne into the air, enhancing both the aroma and the flavour of the champagne.

4. The loud champagne pop from a champagne bottle is from pressure

The loud pop every time Champagne bottles are opened is due to the 90 pounds per square inch pressure inside a single bottle. Which is about three times the pressure of a car tyre!

5. Your Champagne will stay bubbly in a flute glass

Champagne - like all wines - tastes differently depending on the glass you drink it out from. The two main styles are round "coupe" glasses or flutes that we are more familiar with. Flutes preserve the bubbles by having a smaller surface area for the bubbles to escape from. The bubbles being ejected in the glass by the pressure In the bottle rather than the gas Itself, because Carbon Dioxide Is heavier than air!

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