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Time to Pop Open the Bubbly

A lot of us somewhere down the line have made the common mistake of calling sparkling wine from a place like California, for example, Champagne. It’s time to get politically correct, folks. True Champagne is produced exclusively in the Champagne region located in Northeastern France. So calling that sparkling wine Champagne is a total faux pas.

Now that our faux pas-ing ways have been corrected, go out and buy a bottle. True Champagne can get a little pricey, but it can be a fun experience if you are celebrating something special, like ringing in the New Year. To help with the price, Champagne comes in a variety of different sizes of bottles. A standard bottle for wine or Champagne holds 750 mL, but you can purchase Champagne in bottles from 187.5 mL to 12 L.

When picking out a bottle, the most common you will see is Brut, which is indicative to how sweet it is, but there are kinds of Champagne that are drier and sweeter.

Opening the bottle can be a tricky process. To open with the greatest ease, grab the cork with one hand and turn the bottle with the other while holding the bottle at a 45 degree angle.

Champagne is usually served in a Champagne flute, which is much taller and narrower than a normal wine glass. This helps to keep the Champagne from over-oxygenating.

Enjoy, and whatever you do, don’t poke someone’s eye out when popping the cork. Happy New Year!