I love a bit of fizz. I also love a nerdy fact. I realised recently that I’d nearly got enough for a top ten, so I ferreted around for a couple more and came up with this lot: a big top ten of useless, but diverting, facts about Champagne.
No need to thank me…
- My lovely friend, Helen McGinn, wino extraordinaire, reckons that champers is the perfect accompaniment to fish and chips. A fact that I regularly check, to make sure it’s still true.
- Everybody moans about Chardonnay, but most people don’t realise that it’s one of the main grapes used in Champagne production (Blanc de Blancs are made solely of Chardonnay grapes).
- Champagne contains less than 100 calories a glass (about the same calories as a banana) and, in fact, Laurent Perrier Ultra Brut has just 65 per glass), making it quite a ‘skinny’ option, alcohol wise.
- 1996 and 2002 were both excellent years for Champagne.
- Champers is the perfect accompaniment to anything salty… but clashes with anything sweet.
- The cork from a shaken bottle of champagne can reach 100mph. DUCK!
- Although certain people (I’m looking at you, America) insist on calling it ‘French Champagne’, this is pointless as there is no other sort. To be called Champagne is must be produced in the Champagne region of France, and only there.
- It’s very bad manners to put an empty Champagne bottle back upside down into an ice bucket.
- You should also never swirl Champagne in the glass as it bursts the bubbles and will show you to be an ‘amateur’!
- Champers doesn’t have to be posh to be good. Champagne from Tesco, including their very popular Finest Premier Cru, regularly win awards and come up in ‘best of’ listings.