Say "Cheers" with Champagne
At weddings, birthdays, and special occasions, we
love to drink and toast with champagne. This bubbly drink stands for elegance
and fun, and due to its carbonation, its alcohol content goes directly into the
blood. Champagne makes us energized; we become talkative and love to giggle.
While sparkling wine was already know in the Middle Ages, the monk Dom Perignon
was the first one who experimented with blending different wines, stored
champagne in reinforced glass bottles, and closed them with cork made of the
bark of the Spanish cork oak. The name of this specialty wine came from the
Champagne region, just north of Paris. During the time of Louis XV in France,
and during the Victorian era in England, champagne became popular in royal
After the second world war champagne conquered the world. It is served mostly in
fine glass flutes where the bubbles can be seen on their long way up to the
surface. Officially a sparkling wine can only be called champagne if it is
produced in the Champagne region in France. However, due to the great demand,
there are many places in the world where excellent sparkling wine is produced.
In California's Napa Valley, Californian and French wineries produce both
expensive and affordable sparkling wines.
Polina, who wrote this month's article about the wedding shower, says her
favorite is Perrier Jouet. "It is the most 'romantic' champagne out there. It's
the ideal champagne for bridal showers because the unique flower etching of the
design on the bottle evokes feelings of romance."
Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, wine columnists of the Wall Street Journal,
believe that you always can find an occasion if you want to drink a bottle of
"bubbly" -- and if you are happy, it will taste great, no matter how much it