It is said French monks were the first to bottle a sparkling wine named after the Champagne region of France.
There was the Benedictine Monk Dom Pierre Perignon (1639-1715) and Frere Jean Oudart (1654-1742)
Those clever monks developed a way to make champagne using a second fermentation process that takes place in the bottle during the spring following the harvest. Some historians note champagne was invented by mistake…
It’s that second fermentation that creates the carbon-dioxide bubbles that are the happy sparkle in champagne.
Developed a way? Hmm. Perhaps, just perhaps, it could’ve been divine intervention, no? After all it’s been said that drinking champagne is like drinking stars – from the heavens.
Those stars started with the Romans who were the first to introduce grape growing in the Champagne region. Pinot Noir is the dominant grape of the region
Not surprisingly, champagne soon became tied to the French monarchy – served at coronations and parties of the aristocracy.
Today, drinking champagne is a celebration of life. Most of us drink champagne only on special occasions.
Yet if we celebrate life everyday, why not drink champagne daily?
Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte claims it is the number one champagne in France, especially because the French drink it every day.
How to say Cheers in French? Santé
Some of this Examiner’s favorite champagnes – a most favorite beverage for eons, include:
Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte.
A moderate priced champagne portfolio:
Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte celebrated 15 Years of Artists collaborations the past summer. It’s a beautiful bottle – one hates to open it… Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte claims a long-term vision and commitment to the arts. They support artists as part of their brand identity because they say their Champagne is made beautifully thanks to a community of local artists and to the artistry of their cellar master.
Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte was created in 1970 from a visionary inspiration to source the best grapes in the region from the best growers. The brand created a cooperative of growers that contribute exceptional quality in their fruit yields to make Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte. Each grower within the cooperative contributes its own artistry through the grapes it provides. Furthermore, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte cellar master takes all of the work the growers have contributed vis-à-vis their grape yields, and creates larger masterpieces (all the wines with Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte’s portfolio). This might be something interesting for you to consider in exploring for your readers.
Each year the Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte unveils its year-long artist collaboration (see here for previous collaborators: http://www.nicolas-feuillatte.com/en/our-values/the-contemporary-creation/alicia-paz).
To honor the past 15 years of success in the art world, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte most recently partnered with French film director, Zabou Breitman who created a commemorative video “15 Years of Artist by X’Ploration by Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte”.
Leave it to a woman to have created the first blended pink champagne in 1818. Women know style and elegance. The pink champagne blends Pinot Noir and Meunier with the roundness of Chardonnay and Bouzy Rouge.
Madame Clicquot was the first woman to create champagne – a pioneer – who has been called the Grand Dame of Champagne.
The House’s new Rose Collection comes in decorative, elegant, gift boxes that look like hand-stitched pink hat boxes. With or without two flutes – the decorative, tote-able box is as discrete as a petticoat – concealing their role as coolers designed to keep the champagne bottle chilled for up to two hours.
Moët Chandon is the official Champagne of Times Square New Years Eve 2014. In celebration of their new partnership with Times Square NYC, Moët & Chandon is touring a gigantic 11-foot bottle of Moët & Chandon Imperial champagne around NYC, visiting well-known destinations like the W Hotel in Union Square (above) before finishing its journey to Times Square. Also, Moët & Chandon is launching a social media program during the month of December, encouraging people to toast to what mattered most in 2013 and what’s to come in 2014. Revelers can create and share virtual toasts through an app on the Moët & Chandon USA Facebook page or with the Twitter hashtag of #MyMoëtMoment.
Revelers can purchase a limited edition “Happy Holidays” crystallized bottle of Moët Brut Imperial. Costing $65.00, the special-edition bottle is crystallized for the holidays and arrives in a custom ivory gift box.
Cheers to happy, healthy 2015.