Aside from the following bit of international diplomatic history, consider some valuable facts to keep in mind should Champagne be on your Valentine’s Day agenda. For instance, the name “Champagne” is protected in most countries – with one exception.
In most of the world, it is illegal to call your sparkling wine “Champagne.” The French even had this inserted into the Treaty of Versailles marking the end of WWI in 1919.
Only the United States stood up to France’s Champagne-based tyranny and upholds the right of California products (when made of the same grapes and the same methods) to bear the Champagne label. This is because the U.S. failed to ratify the Treaty of Versailles in opposition to President Woodrow Wilson’s move to found the League of Nations.
So in a roundabout way, the League of Nations is responsible for America’s right to homegrown Champagne.
What is the proper glass to serve Champagne – Coupe, Flute or Tulip?
The champagne coupe is a shallow, broad-bowled, saucer-shaped stemmed glass. Legend has it the shape of the coupe was modeled on the breast of Marie Antoinette, but the glass was designed especially for sparkling wine and champagne in England in 1663.
The champagne flute is a stem glass with a tall, narrow bowl and was developed along with other wine stemware in the early 1700s as the preferred drinking vessel for wine.
The tulip glass is distinguishable from the champagne flute in that the body is flared wider and the mouth is wider permitting one to get more of the aroma while the mouth is still narrow enough to avoid quick loss of carbonation.
Whichever vessel you chose, make no mistake – the only way to hold any glass of Champagne is by the stem, thus preventing the transfer of the heat from one’s hand to the precious sparkling beverage.
When is it appropriate to drink Champagne?
According to foodreference.com, you can drink champagne at breakfast, between meals, as an aperitif, with your lunch or dinner, when you are sad, or happy, to celebrate a joyous occasion, when lacking appetite or thirsty. It glides down the throat with quail’s eggs, enhances shucked oysters, and is not bad with bacon and eggs either.
Champagne is exceptionally convivial, and knows how to behave whether the occasion is a tender tête-à-tête or a rip-roaring party, but you can give a bottle of champagne as a present anytime to anyone without a second thought
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