What girl doesn’t love a little bubbly? Every Hot Bachelorette is entitled to a little tingle under her nose! Bachelorette party guide to buying Champagne. Champagne is sophisticated, tasty, delicate and it is feminine. Champagne is the perfect beverage to celebrate your bachelorette party as the pure essence of Champagne is celebratory. Getting through the basics of Champagne is not as difficult as you would imagine. The most important thing to know about Champagne is to simply enjoy it!
What is Champagne?
Champagne is often considered the wine of celebration – perfectly suited for drinking at a bachelorette party, particularly a sophisticated bachelorette party. It is a sparkling white wine made of a blend of grapes, mainly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, and in order for it to be called Champagne it must be produced in the region of Champagne. Otherwise, it is simply called sparkling wine. Make no mistake, there are plenty of excellent sparkling wines made outside of the Champagne region.
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Champagne first received worldwide recognition because it was enjoyed by the Kings of France, it became synonymous with luxury and power. Today, many Champagnes still hold that prestige, but for the most part, we girls just like to indulge in a little bubbly for the sake of a good time. Champagne makes an excellent bachelorette party gift – see these fantastic Champagne Baskets for your bride-to-be, or click HERE.
Vintage and Non-Vintage
Most of the Champagnes produced today are non-vintage. Vintage simply means the year that the grapes were produced, or harvested. Think of a vintage as a graduation class – Class of ’99 or Class of ’00 for the grapes. Non-vintage wines or Champagne means that the contents of that wine are from multiple “vintages” or harvest years. A “Vintage” wine is when grapes must be produced from at least 80% (more commonly 85%)of the same year.
Each producer will have a particular sparkling wine or Champagne which they consider to be the top of their line, this is called a Prestige Cuvee. Bottles of Prestige Cuvee can retail in stores around $100.0 and up. If you choose to imbibe at a restaurant, nightclub or bar, you could pay up to several hundred dollars for a bottle of this bubbly!
Blanc de Noir
White wine produced entirely of black grapes – Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
Blanc de Blanc
Champagne or sparkling wine produced entirely of Chardonnay grapes.
Pink Champagne! A Hot Bachelorette favorite because we LOVE pink! Aside from being super cute and girly, the production of Rose Champagne is a gentle process. It can be produced one of two ways: 1) leaving the clear juice of the black grapes to macerate on their skins for a stint OR 2) by adding a small amount of Pinot Noir.
Champagnes and sparkling wines vary in sweetness, the amount of sugar that is included. There are varying degrees but for most purposes, everyday drinking, you will only run into a few. Less sweet to more sweet: Extra Brut, Brut, Extra Dry, Sec & Demi Sec. The majority of Champagnes and sparkling wines are going to be Brut or Extra Dry. For example, the ever-so-popular Veuve Cliquot “Yellow Label” is a non-vintage, brut Champagne.
Champagne is always served cold – about 50 degrees Fahrenheit. If Champagne gets too cold, it can create too much pressure and the cork can release very easily, always beware of really cold Champagne. Because Champagne is served cold, it is best to drink it from a glass with a long stem. Most drink Champagne from a Champagne flute.
Bachelorette parties at home. If you are indulging at home, be careful opening the Champagne bottle. Hold the bottle at an angle and never face the cork at anyone – remember, the pressure inside the bottle can be fierce. Remove the foil around the neck of the bottle. Place a kitchen towel over the top of the neck of the bottle. Carefully untwist the wire cradle which holds the cork in place. Remember to keep some pressure with one hand on top of the cork (the moment you remove that wire cradle, there is a small chance of that cork flying off). Slowly turn the bottle and ease the cork off.
And Voila! Cheers… Enjoy your bubbly you lovely ladies! See the related products below.