Popping More Bubbly Myth-tries

Because there is still no other drink that compares to the luxury, elegancy and pure indulgence of a glass of Champagne, we have popped open another 5 Champagne myths for you.

MYTH – Champagne is sweet.
     OUR VERDICT – false

For a long time, winemakers were producing Champagne with a higher sugar content to send to the US because their palates tend to favour sweeter things, so that became part of the formula. Just like wine, there are Champagnes that are dry and those that are sweet – because of course you need something to drink with dessert. Champagne is offered in a spectrum of sweetness so you know what you are going to get:

  • BRUTE NATURE is completely dry, containing less than three grams of residual sugar.
  • EXTRA BRUTE is the next step with 6 grams of sugar.
  • BRUTE is probably what you grew up drinking and have 12 grams of sugar.
  • SEC had 17 to 32 grams of sugar.
  • DEMI SEC Champagne would be more of your dessert wine, with 32 to 50 grams of residual sugar.

MYTH – Champagne should be served on ice.
     OUR VERDICT – false

Ice buckets were invented at a time when people didn’t have refrigeration. Today, most people drink Champagne too cold. Of course, you don’t want to drink it warm because the bubbles will dissipate. But like any wine, if it is served too cold, it will lose its flavour and aroma. It is enough to keep it in the fridge. Once you pull it out, there is no need to keep it chilled unless you plan on drinking it over the course of several hours.

MYTH – opening Champagne should be a show.
     OUR VERDICT – false

The only dangerous myth on this list that needs to be debunked is that opening Champagne should be a loud, frothy spectacle. While those scenes look glamorous on TV, in real life it could result in taking someone’s eye out.

How to open a bottle correctly:

First, chill the bottle in the fridge for a minimum of 15 minutes (a warm bottle is likely to explode).

Second, take the foil off carefully and cover the cork with a kitchen towel, keeping your palm over the top the entire time (to avoid taking your own eye out).

Third, use your other hand to slightly twist the bottle – not the cork. This should ease the cork out slowly and ensure that the party is started safely.

MYTH – Champagne is only for celebratory occasion.
     OUR VERDICT- false

Champagne can be drunk at any time of the year – duh! There is no argument that Champagne is the perfect pour for a celebration. However, the fun shouldn’t stop there. Champagne is actually a perfect wine for pairing with food anytime of the year, for any occasion.

MYTH – Champagne and Prosecco are the same thing
     OUR VERDICT – false

While they are both sparkling wines, their similarities go no further. These wines are from different countries, made from different grape varieties and utilize very different production methods and aging regimens.