When I think of New Years Eve and special events, I immediately associate them with champagne. But every time you pop a champagne cork, you are creating a celebration of life. You really don’t need any reason to drink champagne, but New Years Eve is really the time to break out the bubbly.
I love champagne. There’s something just so exciting about bringing out elegant champagne glasses, chilling a bottle of champagne in an icy bucket, then popping the champagne bottle open (you want to remove the cork slowly, not make a big noise), and slowly pouring the precious liquid into the glasses. You can toast the end of the new year, or the beginning of a new one, or just celebrate nothing special at all, other than being in the moment.
However, did you know that not every wine that bubbles or sparkles isn’t genuine champagne? For your wine to be real champagne, the grapes and the creation of the wine must come from the champagne region of France, which is a clearly defined region located about 90 miles northeast of Paris. Everything else, despite what it might claim on the label, is just champagne style or sparkling wine.
Champagne is a French treasure, but you don’t have to be a millionaire or a jet-setter to drink the real thing. You can find genuine champagne in every taste preference, and budget, from precious bottles than run upwards of hundreds and maybe thousands of dollars for rare vintages, to delicious champagnes that are under $20.00 a bottle.
Ready to serve champagne? Here are some tips from Remy USA and the Advice Sisters that you should know to help you get the most out of every sip.
For more information, visit the Champagne Bureau online at http://www.champagne.us/ Follow them on Twitter at @ChampagneBureau.
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