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Champagne: Facts, Myths, Trivia .. Part 1

Separating bubbly fact from fiction. Thank you Champagne Chick!

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So many articles on Champagne, start with the supposed words uttered by Dom Pérignon when he apparently ‘invented’ Champagne … “Come quickly, I’m tasting the stars” … There are so many untruths about this statement, that when I come across an article that starts off with this quote, I get highly irritated and generally stop reading.

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World´s best-rated House Of Champagne; Krug

Another reason to love Krug! Thank you BlondeJimmy.

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Behind every precious drop of Krug stands the dream of a visionary. One man who, long before others, understood that the essence of Champagne is pleasure.
So, over 170 years ago, Joseph Krug broke with convention to follow his vision. To create the most generous expression of Champagne every year, regardless of climatic unpredictability.
Joseph’s bold experiment proved a triumph and he succeeded in creating Champagne like never before. And like no other Champagne House since.
To this day, the House of Krug lives and breathes his enduring philosophy, creating only prestige Champagnes since 1843.

Joseph Krug was born in 1800 in the town of Mainz. Growing up at the heart of the Moselle, he was exposed early on to winegrowing as fragmented as the Champagne region he would one day call home. He became a talented, purposeful young man and spoke three languages.

Setting off at 24 as a…

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Size Does Matter

£43,500 will buy a VERY BIG bottle of champagne! Thank you for the bubbly info Champagne Chick!

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Champagne comes in quite a range of bottle sizes, from the itty bitty Piccolo of 187,5ml (also sometimes referred to as a Quarter or Split), right up to the biggest one of all, the incredibly rare Melchizedek (or Midas) which holds 30lt of Champagne, or the equivalent of 40 standard bottles.  And there’s nothing quite as decadent as drinking Champagne from a large-format bottle.

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Apostrophe and 15 Selected Cava to finish the year!

Fabulous Cava recommendations from Catalan Wines In A Nutshell!

Catalan wine in a nutshell!

397 – 411/365 – Catalonia – 15 Selected Great Cavas

Apostrophe………,

…. just lean back  and chill, can’t go wrong with Zappa and Cava! The year only has another 2 days to go, so it might be time to get some Cava to celebrate what has been and what is coming. I wish you all a fine ending to the old year and a great 2015! With todays entry I have selected some of my favorite Cavas, as I did with the whites the other day and this time again, in no particular order! Enjoy!

be14Bertha Siglo XXI Gran Reserva, Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel·lo and 10% Chardonnay

Minimum maturation sur lies, 36 months, which produces a great aromatic complexity. Bright yellow color with fine and steady bubbles. Intensive and extensive aromatic range, white fruit and flowers perfectly conjugated with lees aging: confectionery, brioche, smoked, dried fruits. Very elegant nose.  The entrance of this…

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Oh So Famous Champagne Quotes

Fabulous fun to begin our weekend. Thank you Champagne Chick!🥂

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I love a quirky Champagne quote … and there have been some fabulous quotes from novelists to screen stars to celebrities and even historical figures in Champagne.  Here’s a pick of some of my favourites.

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Sparkling Strawberry Shrub Cocktail ~ Just In Time For The Weekend!

Sparkling Strawberry Shrub

 A shrub is a vinegar-based syrup, referred to as “Drinking Vinegar”. Drinking vinegar is vinegar which is often infused with fruit juice, herbs and spices for use in mixed drinks.

I was so happy to find the recipe for Front Porch Chillin’” Sparkling Strawberry Shrub in the April/May 2018 issue of Chilled Magazine It is absolutely delicious and fruity. Do not let the idea of vinegar in a cocktail stop you from making this fabulous drink this weekend!

I was very happy to find the Cava that the magazine recommended for this cocktail in my local grocery store. You can always substitute your favorite rosé cava.

Segura Viudas Brut Rosé

The wine tastes of sweet strawberry, cherry and citrus and has lots of fun bubbles. In the $15 range.

Situated on an estate that dates back to the 11th century, Segura Viudas draws on its rich Spanish heritage, blending its legacy with modern winemaking practices to create sophisticated yet approachable Cavas.  Its award winning Cava uses distinct méthode champenoise sparkling wine by the Ferrer family of Sant Sadurni d’Anola (near Barcelona). Segura Viudas is part of the Freixenet Group, a world leader in sparkling wine production. 

To make a very good sparkly shrub:

  • Invest in a muddler. You can find a muddler for around $5. It will help you muddle up the fresh fruit with sugar and vinegar to make the shrub.
  • Plant fresh mint in your garden to use for cocktail garnishes – I particularly enjoy pineapple mint and spearmint. Fresh rosemary sprigs also make a flavorful and aromatic garnish.

Sparkling Strawberry Shrub

To make the shrub:

1 cup strawberries, chopped

1 cup water

1 1/2 cup sugar (I like to use extra fine sugar for this recipe because it dissolves very quickly, but granulated sugar works just fine too.)

1/2 cup rice wine vinegar

Muddle the strawberries in a large mason jar. Add water and sugar and stir to combine. After the sugar has begun to dissolve,  add the rice wine vinegar and stir to combine all ingredients.  Cover and refrigerate. The shrub can be stored, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to one week.

To make the Strawberry Shrub Cocktail:

Makes one cocktail:

1 ounce strawberry shrub

Segura Viudas Brut Rosé

2 large ice cubes

Rosemary Sprig or Fresh Mint and Strawberry for garnish

Place all ingredients into a snifter and add ice cubes. Stir and top with Rosé Cava; give it another little stir,  garnish with rosemary sprig or mint and a strawberry.

Saludos!

 

Champagne Through The Movies

Champagne in the movies by the Champagne Chick!

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Champagne has featured prominently in the movies for decades and I get pretty excited when I see a movie star drinking one of my favourites, trying to spot the label, and maybe even the vintage.

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