The celebratory red cover has a chilled bucket of bubbly. Open the card and pop-up a festive bottle of Champagne, two crystal flutes ready for a toast, and party streamers. A very happy card!
“Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!” Since the moment Dom Pérignon made his astonishing discovery in the 17th Century, Champagne has been the drink of choice for any celebration. And today, the pleasant pop! of the cork will send people to fill their glasses. Give this high-spirited card to celebrate a promotion, party, holiday or wedding, there are good times ahead!
Let’s drink Champagne and dance on the table.
I’ll be there in a Prosecco.
Soup of the Day: Champagne.
But first, Champagne!
“I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes, I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it if I am; otherwise I never touch it, unless I’m thirsty.” ~Madame Bollinger
Here’s to Champagne, the drink divine, that makes us forget all our troubles.
It’s made of a dollar’s worth of wine, and three dollars worth of bubbles.
Come quickly, I am tasting the stars! ~Dom Pérignon
Love, Love Love. All you need is love. Love is all you need. ~John Lennon
It is the ultimate associative object. Every time you open a bottle, it’s a celebration. Every time you sip it, you’re sipping from all those other celebrations. The joy accumulates over time. ~David Levithan
What is Champagne?
It is a light sparkling wine which is made only in the Champagne region of northeastern France. It is different from all other sparkling wines in the world for three major reasons:
1. The wine is made in the Champagne region of France.
2. It must be made only from the Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, or Chardonnay grapes which grow in that region.
3. Unlike other sparkling wines, true Champagne has gotten bubbles by undergoing the fermentation process twice: once in barrels and again in bottles.
Rules for chilling Champagne:
- Do not over-chill the champagne: although it should never be warm, it’s worse for it to be icy or nearly frozen.
- Do not under fill the ice bucket: you’ll wind up chilling only half the bottle. Add cold water to ice cubes to make sure the bottle is well submerged. This also makes it easier to put the bottle back into the bucket.
- Do not try to chill two bottles in a bucket; it is better to leave the second bottle in the refrigerator or an insulated container.
- Do not chill the glasses ahead of time by filling them with ice cubes or crushed ice; you’re not making a martini! Chilled glasses would have a negative effect on the release of bubbles and the bouquet.