Popping the Myth-tries of Bubbles

No other drink compares to the luxury, elegancy, and pure indulgence of a glass of Champagne. Being the international symbol of celebration, its popularity comes with its own myths, and we are here to pop open 5 Champagne myths for you.

MYTH - Champagne makes you drunker and gives you a worse hangover than other wines.
   OUR VERDICT – false

Carbonation tends to make people drink faster. Maybe it’s a psychological association of bubbles in a soda can which makes you want to chug it. Most people drink Champagne very fast and do not drink water. If you want to avoid the dreaded hangover, make sure that you drink two glasses of water for every glass of Champagne that you drink.

MYTH – The bigger the bubbles, the better the bubbly.
   OUR VERDICT – false

Traditionally, finer bubbles are an example of a finer Champagne. Think of Pellegrino versus soda: the former has fine and more delicate bubbles. Finer bubbles are generally a result of great winemaking.

MYTH – Champagne is the only wine with naturally-occurring bubbles.
   OUR VERDICT – false

Every wine becomes bubbly as it is fermenting, but it eventually dissipates. Fermentation yields three byproducts: Heat, alcohol, and gas. Most winemakers re-incentivize fermentation after they bottle the Champagne by adding a dose of yeast. Once the second fermentation happens, they gorge the bottle to get the sediment out and then quickly cork it.

MYTH – vintage Champagnes are more expensive and generally taste better.
   OUR VERDICT – true

When there is an exceptional vintage, the Champagne will contain wine only from that year – otherwise known as vintage Champagne. Additionally, vintage Champagnes have to be aged for at least seven years in cellars before release (so the earliest vintage you will find now is 2010). They tend to be more expensive because they have to be stored in proper facilities. And any time you age wine it softens the edges and creates a smoother taste. In years where the vintage is inconsistent, non-vintage Champagnes are made, using wines from 3 to 5 vintages – one that is a little riper, one that is brighter, and so on – in order to create consistency.

MYTH – the proper way to serve Champagne is in a flute.
   OUR VERDICT – false

While the flute is traditional, there is no reason for it in terms of taste. It all comes down to personal preference. The flute is beautiful while the coupe is more classical. You could even serve it in a white wine glass in order to accentuate the aromas of the bubbly.