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Champagne: behind the bubbles

Champagne tours are perhaps the easiest way to begin to understand the French joie de vivre. One could be quite happy eating at the Michelin-starred restaurants, tasting Champagne and following the Tourist Route through vine covered hills and charming wine-producing villages. Go to: Baccarat Champagne Flutes, Lalique Champagne Flutes, Saint Louis Crystal Champagne Flutes, Champagne Coolers, Champagne Production, Champagne Dictionary, Champagne labels, Champagne France, Serving and Tasting Champagne

Champagne Flutes and Coupes

The perfect toasting flutes and Champagne coolers for that special celebration.

Multicolor Champagne Flutes, Set of 4 Ambrosia Champagne Set NMS16_H8LR9
Massimo Lunardon Multicolor Champagne Flutes, Set of 4 Artland Ambrosia Champagne Set Golden Trumpet Flutes, 4-Piece Set
Handcrafted champagne flutes. Made of glass. Handcrafted set includes: six champagne flutes and one holder. Made of glass. Glass. Handcrafted flutes in NM gift box. Glass. Set includes one of each design shown.


Slide View: 1: Purple Waterfall Flutes, Set of 4 Slide View: 2: Trudie Flutes, Set of 2 Slide View: 1: Purple Waterfall Coupe Glasses, Set of 4
Purple Waterfall Flutes, Set of 4 Trudie Flutes, Set of 2
Trudie Coupe Glasses, Set of 4 
Purple Waterfall Coupe Glasses, Set of 4
Handpainted crystalline This perfectly giftable set of flutes is an ideal choice for soon-to-wed couples and housewarming parties alike. Handpainted crystalline

 

Blush Oro Bello Champagne Flutes, Set of 4 Slide View: 1: Sante Flute Gold-Finish Flutes, Set of 4
Blush Oro Bello Champagne Flutes, Set of 4 Sante Flute Gold-Finish Flutes, Set of 4
Beautifully hued blush and clear glass with hand-painted 24-karat gold detail. Handcrafted set of 4. Italy Glass Handcrafted, hand-painted glass faceted flutes. Assorted four-piece set. Golden rims. Italy

 

Slide View: 1: Volcania Flutes, Set of 4
Hotel Collection Black Stem Champagne Glasses, Set of 4 Volcania Flutes, Set of 4 Martha Stewart Collection Gold Stem Champagne Glasses, Set of 4
Entertain in style with this set of champagne glasses from Hotel Collection, featuring a drop of black in the slender stem for contemporary elegance. Set of four. Glass Slender gold-tone stems add a luxe look to the classic silhouette of these champagne glasses from Martha Stewart Collection.

 

Waterford Mara Flutes, Set of 6 Waterford Icon Flutes, Set of 2 Waterford Connoisseur Heritage Champagne Flutes, Set of 6
Inspired by the Atlantic Ocean, design showcases both long and short deep vertical cuts Designed by renowned floral artist Jeff Leatham. Presented in classic Waterford packaging with a decorative Jeff Leatham sleeve perfect for gifting Features mixed patterns from the Waterford archives

 

Celine Champagne Flutes, Set of 4
Lsa Lulu Assorted Champagne Flutes, Set of 4 Jay Import Co Celine Champagne Flutes, Set of 4
Mouth-blown; handmade. Elegantly gift-boxed. Glass Glass champagne flutes. Set of four. Holds 9 ounces each.

 

Spring Crystal Flute Classic Crystal Flute
La Rochere Glassware, Set of 6 Napoleonic Bee Champagne Glassses Varga Spring Crystal Flute Varga Classic Crystal Flute
Made by the oldest glass factory in Europe, la Rochere, Napoleonic Bee champagne glasses feature exceptionally clear and heavy glass produced in turn-of-the-century molds with traditional seams. A charming bee motif recalls Napoleon's coronation luggage Clear crystal flute engraved with springtime creatures. 8.75"T; holds 4 ounces. Clear crystal flute.

 

Vera Wang Wedgwood With Love Gold Toasting Flute Pair Vera Wang Wedgwood Love Knots Gold Toasting Flute Pair kate spade new york Rosy Glow Toasting Flute Pair
Cheers to charming style! This gorgeous pair of toasting flutes from Vera Wang Wedgwood features gold and silver detailing for a decadent look. Makes the perfect wedding or anniversary gift Celebrate the special day you tie the knot with the rich gold- and silver-plated accents of Vera Wang Wedgwood's Love Knots toasting flutes. The perfect pair for the happy couple. Toast to your favorite newlyweds with this elegant pair of rose gold and silver plated flutes from kate spade new york

 

Champagne Cocktail Coupe
Orrefors Premier Champagne Flute, Set of 2 Match Champagne Cocktail Coupe Michael Aram White Orchid Toasting Flutes, Set of 2
Set includes two handmade Champagne flutes. Lead-free crystal. Dishwasher-safe Glass cocktail coupe. Pewter base is handmade by artisans in Northern Italy. Lead-free and safe for everyday use. Handcrafted toasting flutes. Glass and nickel-plated metal. Set of two

 

Godinger Ceska Allegra Gold Flute - Set of 4 Godinger Ceska Eclipse Flute - Set of 4 Godinger Novo Donovan Flutes - Set of 4
Beautifully crafted crystal flutes with a gold accent great for all events and occasions. This piece is a perfect and elegant addition to all decor styles. Beautifully crafted crystal flutes with a gold accent great for all events and occasions. This piece is a perfect and elegant addition to all decor styles. Beautifully crafted 16oz flutes great for all events and occasions. This piece is a perfect and practical addition to all decor styles adding an elegant flare to any design.

 

Godinger Novo Rondo Sea Blue Coupe - Set of 4 Godinger Novo Rondo Sea Blue Flute - Set of 4 Godinger Ceska Latitude Flutes - Set of 4
Elegant and fun rondo sea blue 8oz coupe great for all occasions and events. This piece is a perfect and practical addition to all decor styles adding a vibrant pop of color to any design. Elegant and fun rondo sea blue flute great for all occasions and events. This piece is a perfect and practical addition to all decor styles adding a vibrant pop of color to any design. Beautifully crafted crystal set of 4 7oz flutes great for all occasions and events. These pieces are a perfect and practical addition to all decor styles.

 

Godinger Novo Finley Flutes - Set of 2 Godinger Novo Rondo Champagne Glass - Set of 4 Godinger Novo Finley Gold Flutes - Set of 2
Beautifully crafted set of 5 oz crystal flutes great for all events and occasions. This piece is a perfect and practical addition to all decor styles adding a classic touch to any design. Beautifully crafted rondo 13oz champagne glasses are great for all occasions and events. This piece is a perfect and practical addition to all decor styles and adds a classic touch to any design. Beautifully crafted set of 5oz crystal flutes with a gold accent is great for all events and occasions. This piece is a perfect and practical addition to all decor styles adding a classic touch to any design.

Baccarat Champagne Flutes

Founded in 1764, Baccarat is renowned the world over for its magnificent and innovative works of crystal. Baccarat has become a national symbol of France's art de vivre, and the company's heritage of excellence in design is matched only by its continuing efforts to cultivate creativity in the next generation of great artists. The Baccarat collection is full of timeless masterpieces, from jewelry to sculptures for the home, which translate beautifully in any language

NMF17_H8NPK Jupiter Champagne Flute NMS15_-1ZBN
Baccarat Harcourt Eve Flute, Set of 2 Baccarat Jupiter Champagne Flute Baccarat Dom Perignon Champagne Flutes
Lead-crystal flutes. Set of two Crystal champagne flute. Full-lead crystal from Baccarat. Handcrafted. France

 

Vega Flutissmino Champagne Flutes, Set of 4 NMF17_H8NPV
Vega Flutissmino Champagne Flutes, Set of 4 Baccarat Mille Nuits Flutissimo, Set of 2, Barware Baccarat Mille Nuits Flutes, 4-Piece Set
Celebrate every moment with an explosion of color with the Vega Flutissimo Set. Now available in a set of four colored crystal stems, in yellow, blue, green and Baccarat's signature red, this Vega line is full of fun and can be paired with other color gift sets. Featuring a classic turned stem, this full-leaded crystal stemware brings classic elegance to the table. Lead-crystal flutes. Set includes one of each color shown. Made in France

Lalique Champagne Flutes and Saint Louis Crystal Champagne Flutes

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Lalique Louvre Flute Set Lalique Two 100 Points Champagne Flutes
The perfect gift! These extraordinary flutes have textured stems for added charm. Clear crystal from Lalique. France A collaboration between Lalique and James Suckling, these handmade flutes exemplify the established tradition and style of Lalique but embrace a modern design and precise utility. These exquisite glasses display a unique style through the frosted crystal ribs engraved on their stems.

Champagne Coolers

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Magisso Champagne Chalkboard Cooler Christofle Oh de Christofle Champagne Cooler Christofle Vertigo Champagne Cooler
Enjoy your drinks cool by the pool or at a perfect dinner with this champagne bucket from Magisso. Stainless steel beverage cooler. Approximately 8"Dia. x 8.25"T. Dishwasher safe. Made in France. Silver-plated champagne cooler. Designed by Andree Putman.

 

Carine Champagne Bucket
L'Objet Deco Leaves Champagne Bucket Juliska Carine Champagne Bucket Michael Aram Wisteria Gold Champagne Bucket
Bring lustrous style to cocktail hour with this champagne bucket, featuring 24k gold-plated detail on hand-forged stainless steel. The dappled glass of this champagne bucket creates a glamorous look when you add frosty ice cubes and your favorite bottle of bubbly. Inspired by the beauty of twisted and curving vines. Stainless steel/natural brass

Champagne France

Champagne is one of the most enjoyable travel destinations in France. Troyes, the capital, has something for everyone. A Medieval city, the cobblestone streets take you past 9 churches dating from the 12th-19th centuries featuring stained glass and Gothic art, and half-timbered buildings. At the other extreme, The Museum of Modern Art with Fauvist paintings. The route from Épernay to Reims takes you through the Regional Nature Park. Start in Épernay with a visit to Champagne de Castellane. There is an interesting museum of the entire process, plus 6 miles of caves. The view from the tower puts Épernay and the area vineyards at your feet. Reims is not only an important Champagne producing center but also the location of the Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral, site for the coronation of over 30 kings of France.

Champagne Dictionary

The law of July 22, 1927, determined the limits of the Champagne appellation, 3 grape varieties (Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay) and requirements for pruning, harvesting, pressing and fermentation. Here are a few terms you may encounter:

  • Brut Absolut, Brut, Extra-Dry, Sec, Demi-Sec, Doux Designations from dry to sweet:

  • Blanc de Blanc from Chardonnay is lighter in flavor, Blanc de Noirs from Pinot Noir and/or Pinot Meunier and are fuller bodied, Rosé gets its pink color and flavor from juice contact with the skins.

  • Cremant or Mousseux: sparkling wines from outside Champagne

  • Landing: time Champagne has been in the country.

  • Petillant: gentle effervescence.

  • Caves: underground cellar for aging.

  • Cuvée: blend.

  • Domaine: ownership.

  • Methode Champenoise/Methode Traditionelle: fermented in the bottle (vs. less expensive tank fermented charmat).

  • Millésime: vintage date

Champagne Production

  • Pressing: Several, gradual pressings achieve different characteristics as soon as grapes are harvested.

  • First fermentation: Juice becomes wine.

  • Blending: NV (nonvintage) Champagnes result from the art of combining grape varieties and years. Vintage Champagnes (all from one harvest) are only made in the best years

  • The wine is then cold stabilized, filtered and bottled. Liqueur de tirage/Dosage (wine sweetened with yeast) is added.

  • Second Fermentation: sugars produce tiny bubbles. Remuage: "riddling"--bottles are held at a sharp angle and periodically shaken. Sediment settles to the cork.

  • Dégorgement: removes sediment while keeping the wine in the bottle.

  • Dosing: Liqueur d'expédition (sugar and Champagne) added at time of disgorging to increase sweetness until the desired type of wine is achieved. Wine is then corked.

Serving and Tasting Champagne

  • Serve cool. Place in bucket with water and ice for 15 to 20 minutes (the younger, the cooler).

  • To open, loosen the wire, hold the cork, incline the bottle, twist holding by the base.

  • Champagne flutes gather the flavors and allow the bubbles to rise smoothly.

  • Enjoy the color and dancing bubbles, the "necklace of pearls" at the surface.

  • Breathe the bouquet

  • Taste it. Roll it in your mouth to enjoy all the sensations.

  • Champagne enhances almost any food. Try mild cheeses, oysters, caviar and foie gras

Champagne labels

The law of July 22, 1927, determined the limits of the Champagne appellation, 3 grape varieties (Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay) and requirements for pruning, harvesting, pressing and fermentation. Here are a few terms you may encounter:

  • Brut Absolut, Brut, Extra-Dry, Sec, Demi-Sec, Doux Designations from dry to sweet:

  • Blanc de Blanc from Chardonnay is lighter in flavor, Blanc de Noirs from Pinot Noir and/or Pinot Meunier and are fuller bodied, Rosé gets its pink color and flavor from juice contact with the skins.

  • Cremant or Mousseux: sparkling wines from outside Champagne

  • Landing: time Champagne has been in the country.

  • Petillant: gentle effervescence.

  • Caves: underground cellar for aging.

  • Cuvée: blend.

  • Domaine: ownership.

  • Methode Champenoise/Methode Traditionelle: fermented in the bottle (vs. less expensive tank fermented charmat).

  • Millésime: vintage date

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