Champagne Flutes and Champagne Poufs

Champagne is the ultimate drink for any special occasion. Nothing screams "let's celebrate" more than popping open a big bottle of bubbly! We recently shared a bottle of prosecco with Alexa the founder of Sutie Skirts and tried on a few of her gorgeous tulle skirts. We both fell in love with the Champagne Pouf Skirt pictured below. 

The whole experience got us thinking about the history of sparkling wine and why it's become the iconic beverage for celebrations around the world. We would like to share with you some fun photos from the day and a few interesting facts about champagne and sparkling wine.

Champagne is a sparkling wine that comes from the Champagne province, a region located 140 kilometres north-east of Paris, France.

It is usually made from chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes. Although two are red varietals, champagne is white because they press the grapes and remove the skins in order to avoid any discoloration. 

You can't call any other sparkling wine champagne unless it actually comes from the champagne region in France. This is because of the very strict winemaking laws in the European Union.

Champagne has it's own sweetness scale. Ranging from driest to sweetness; brut nature, extra brut, brut, extra dry, dry, demi-sec and finally doux. Most champagne will be brut.

A standard five ounce pour of brut will have 128 calories. This comes from the winemaking processes that are regulated by law in this region.

Because champagne is aged on the lees, which means it's spent more time with yeast particles, it has a very toasty and biscuity flavour and aroma.

Champagne, unlike most sparkling wines, undergoes two fermentations. The first fermentation creates a still wine that is very acidic and dry. They will then add sugar and yeast to the bottle, seal it and allow the second fermentation to happen which creates an excess of CO2 giving the wine the bubbliness that we all know and love.

Champagne has it's own style of glass for two reasons; it helps to enhance the flow of the bubbles to the top of the glass and to enhance the flavours and the aromas of the wine.

We are wearing the "Champagne Pouf" courtesy of Sutie Skirts

We hope that you will be able to impress your friends with some of these sparkling wine facts at your next soiree.