Champagne is the hallmark of a good time, and without it, no celebration is complete. Whether you’re toasting a happy couple, commemorating a milestone birthday or simply enjoying time with loved ones, champagne makes the occasion special for everyone. We all know we love champagne, but how much do we really know about our beloved bubbly? Let's take a look at some fun facts that will make great conversation starters at your next champagne party:
1) Vintage champagnes are aged in a cellar for about four to five years at a temperature of around 54 degrees fahrenheit. There are over 155 miles of wine cellars underneath Reims, the capital of the Champagne region.
2) A single bottle of champagne contains approximately 49 million bubbles! And the pressure inside a bottle of champagne is around 60-90 pounds per square inch, which is two to three times greater than the pressure in a car tire.
3) About 70 million years ago, The Champagne region of France was an inland sea, which receded and left behind the chalk subsoil deposits that make its vineyards special.
4) There is no champagne grape varietal. Typically champagne is made from a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay.
5) Champagne should be served at around 47-50 degrees fahrenheit. Freezing champagne will cause it to lose its bubbles.
6) Before Benedictine monk Dom Pérignon took to the scene in the 17th century, bubbles in wine were a real problem, causing explosions in cellars throughout France. Pérignon helped control temperatures and bottle processes to prevent these explosions, making it possible for the world to enjoy champagne today.