6 Myths About Champagne Debunked
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6 Myths About Champagne Debunked

Bursting the bubble around the world of sparkling

Most of us love a glass of champagne – but are we drinking it correctly? Despite being enjoyed all over the globe, the world of fizz is shrouded in mystery. Which is the correct glass to drink it from? How can we save the bubbles? Are you allowed to put it in the freezer? The Champagne Bureau UK is here to debunk some of the myths about champagne. 

What’s The Correct Way To Drink & Store Champagne?

Myth: Pop the cork and spray Champagne in times of celebrations

‘The blunt pop of the cork and the fizz of the fine bubbles – instantly reminiscent of celebration – is a sparkling start to any special occasion. There are particular moments in which a pop is a symbol of the moment that you are toasting. However, the spraying of a champagne bottle is never the correct protocol because you lose some of the wine and dissipate the bubbles. So, how do you open a bottle of champagne correctly? After removing the wire cage – with six turns in total – and foil cap, keep a firm hold on the cork, hold the bottle and tilt it to a 30-45° angle, being careful to point it safely away from anyone. Gently rotate the bottle (not the cork) until the cork slowly pops out.’

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Myth: Flutes and coupes are the glass shape of choice

‘Flutes have commonly been thought of as the crème de la crème and the appeal of the coupe stems from 1960s Hollywood glamour. However, a flute causes the champagne to lose its effervescence too quickly and a coupe’s large surface area means that aromas are lost before they can be enjoyed. It is recommended to opt for a tall, rounded, tulip-shaped glass which allows the bubbles to develop and the aromas to be revealed.’

Myth: A spoon keeps champagne from losing its bubbles

‘Unable to finish your bottle of champagne? This trick may help for a few hours but it is not going to keep your champagne effervescent over time. We would suggest investing in a good quality champagne stopper which will preserve your champagne’s bubbles until you are ready to enjoy it again.’

Myth: Champagne is only for special occasions

‘Of course, champagne’s rich history and prestige make it the perfect drink of choice for all of your celebratory occasions. However, there is no reason why champagne cannot be enjoyed for both big and small wins. Champagne also makes an excellent pairing companion – with fish, meat, vegetarian dishes and sweet treats. Whether you enjoy a vintage or non vintage champagne, the array of styles (including Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs, Rosé and Demi-sec) makes it infinitely pairable.’

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Myth: Champagne doesn’t have to come from Champagne

‘No, champagne only comes from Champagne and there is continual work being done to protect the appellation and champagne name. In 1935, the concept of the AOC (Controlled Designation of Origin) was introduced, and in 2015 the Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list – contributing to the respect for champagne as a distinct sparkling wine and designated region. Today, over 121 countries recognise the champagne appellation, including the UK.’

Myth: You can put champagne in the freezer to cool it down more quickly

‘Whilst chilling champagne is essential to enjoy the full extent of its finesse, putting a bottle in the freezer is not ideal as freezing temperatures limit the aromas and bubbles. The most effective and quickest way to chill a bottle of champagne is to plunge it into an ice bucket half filled with water and ice, until it reaches a temperature of 8 to 10 degrees Celsius. If you are running ever shorter on time, add two tablespoons of salt to the cold water. This will bring your bottle to the right temperature within 30 minutes.’

Tips from The Champagne Bureau UK