- Open a bottle of champagne really cold — it makes the pressure less and makes it safer to open then let it sit a bit to release aromas.
- There are 90lbs of pressure inside a champagne bottle, like a loaded gun. So be careful.
- On champagne glasses — flutes are tall & narrow to keep bubbles in the glass; a tulip with wider bowl enhances the aroma.
- Secret sommelier trick — scratch inside bottom of the glass with a diamond tipped pen to break the surface tension and create a stream of bubbles.
- Vintage wine needs to be aged for 36 months. Aging the wine with the dead yeast cells impart a creaminess to the wine. There is a brioche creamy yeastiness that you get from aging champagne in the bottle.
- Prosecco is not meant to be aged; should be fruit forward and vibrant.
- The 3 main grapes in the Champagne region are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, & Pinot Meunier.
- Cheese and pâtés pair brilliantly with bubbly.
Q: Should you swirl champagne like you do wine? A:There is no set rule — a swirl is like a mini-decantation.
"If I could drink anything, everyday, for the rest of my life, it would be champagne." — Alex Pratt
FIAF Wine Tour de France 2012: Battle of the Bubbles
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