Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a safe and happy new year as the champagne is popping all over the world. More champagne is purchased and consumed on New Year’s eve than on any other day of the year. Liquor stores generally sell bottles for prices between $4 and $440.

So – the taste may differ, but the basic science of champagne remains consistent. CO2 is created during the making of champagne and when we pop the cork to celebrate, the CO2 is released from the wine to bubble over and tickle our senses.

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Champagne Bubbly

Pouring champagne is a science. Here are few tips about Champagne that may help you out:

  • Your bottle should be chilled to between 39 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit before opening, as warm bubbly will lose it’s CO2 soon after being poured.
  • Champagne should then be poured gently into the side of very clean, dry, tall and narrow glasses for optimal bubbling. High quality champagne glasses will have etchings on the inside of the glass (effervesence points), allowing the bubbles to follow lovely patterns as they climb the sides of the glasses. Some glasses we like are the Schott Etched Champagne Glasses.
  • If you’re deciding which size bottle to purchase, research shows that larger bottles of champagne retain more CO2 in the wine than smaller bottles – so go big for extra bubbles!
  • Additional Information on Champagne

    Just like with any other food or drink, it’s also important to know how long champagne lasts and how to store champagne so that it’s perfect at midnight (or any celebratory moment).

    So, check the pages of EatByDate and remember to drink responsibly.

    To find out how long other foods are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or use the search function below.

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