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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, Waterford Crystal Champagne Flutes, Champagne Coolers, Champagne Production, Champagne Dictionary, Champagne labels, Champagne France, Serving and Tasting Champagne

Champagne Flutes

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

Waterfall Flutes, Set of 4 Waterfall Flutes, Set of 4 Waterfall Flutes, Set of 4
The glass of celebrations and festivities, the elongated flute lets sparkling wines and bubbling champagnes fizz with delight before a cheerful toast. The glass of celebrations and festivities, the elongated flute lets sparkling wines and bubbling champagnes fizz with delight before a cheerful toast. The glass of celebrations and festivities, the elongated flute lets sparkling wines and bubbling champagnes fizz with delight before a cheerful toast.

 

Multicolor Champagne Flutes, Set of 4 0
Etched Floral Coupes, Set of 2 Multicolor Champagne Flutes, Set of 4 Miranda Kerr Champagne Flutes, Set of 2
Delicate flowers encircle this pair of etched glass coupes. Handcrafted champagne flutes. Made of glass. Elegant and chic, the glassware range features the model's signature butterfly detail. From the sophisticated shape to the beautiful etching, Miranda has specifically designed a stemware and giftware range to reflect her feminine, classic and relaxed sense of style, ranging in design which are clear in color, to lightly sprayed with pink to give a cool blush finish. Set of two champagne flutes. Each holds 7.8 ounces. Made of nonleaded crystal.


Optical Clear Champagne Flute 100 Points Crystal Champagne Flute Optical Gold Stem Champagne Glass
Optical Clear Champagne Flute Lalique 100 Points Crystal Champagne Flute Optical Gold Stem Champagne Glass
Elegant lines and a substantial weight give the sense of timeless crystal in the Optical Clear Champagne Glass Clear crystal champagne flute from the 100 Points collection. Approx. 9.37"H x 2.28"W. Frosted, ribbed stem. Holds 7.78 oz. Handcrafted in France. The Optical Gold Stem Champagne Glass is accented with a delicate gilded stem, and its elegant lines bring sophistication and glamour to every table. The golden embellishment is effortlessly beautiful. Made of glass. Holds 7 ounces. Approx. 9.75"T. Hand wash only. Made in Italy.


Twist Diamond Champagne Flute Cotessa Red Champagne Flute
Vietri Puccinelli Classic Champagne Flute Twist Diamond Champagne Flute Cotessa Red Champagne Flute
Clean lines and dramatic curves make this champagne flute an elegant addition to the table. 11 oz. capacity. Glass. Dishwasher safe Handcrafted champagne flute. Crystal. Champagne flute made of glass. Holds 11 ounces. Approx. 9.5"T. Hand wash. Made in Italy.


Venetia Champagne Flute William Yeoward Venetia Champagne Coupe
Venetia Champagne Flute Venetia Champagne Coupe
Champagne flute is made of glass. Approx. 3"Dia. x 8"T. Champagne coupe is made of glass. Approx. 4"Dia. x 5"T.


Fanny Champagne Flute Bristol Champagne Flute
Fanny Champagne Flute Bristol Champagne Flute
Handcrafted glass champagne flute. Approx. 8.25"T. Hand wash. Handcrafted champagne flute. 2.5"Dia. x 9"T; holds 6 ounces. Dishwasher safe. Made in the USA.

 

 
Nude Glass Stem Zero Grace Sparkling Wine Glass Orrefors More Champagne Glass, Set of 4 Orrefors Premier Champagne Flute, Set of 2
The Stem Zero Grace collection is the world's toughest, yet finest, lead-free crystal range — made using "Ion Shielding" Technology. 11"H Designed by Erika Lagerbielke. Made in Sweden. Glass. Dishwasher safe Set includes two handmade Champagne flutes. Lead-free crystal. Dishwasher-safe


Olympia Champagne Flute rosy glow toasting champagne flutes set Stripe Red Champagne Glass
Olympia Champagne Flute rosy glow toasting champagne flutes set Stripe Red Champagne Glass
Handcrafted glass champagne flute. Holds 9 ounces. Hand wash. Set of two champagne flutes. Made of glass with rose-tone and silvertone metal. 3.9" x 12.6" x 8.2". Dress up your daily glass of wine with the Stripe Red Champagne Glass Intricately mouthblown in Veneto, Italy, this beautiful collection brings a sophisticated, modern touch to your favorite barware assortment Handcrafted of glass Approx. 6.5"T Dishwasher safe

Waterford Crystal Champagne Flutes

Irish Lace Crystal Champagne Flutes, Set of 2 Lismore Essence Champagne Flutes, Set of 2 Jeff Leathan Icon Champagne Flutes, Set of 2 - Amethyst
Irish Lace Crystal Champagne Flutes, Set of 2 Lismore Essence Champagne Flutes, Set of 2 Jeff Leathan Icon Champagne Flutes, Set of 2 - Amethyst
Simultaneously unique and timeless, these stunning flutes have the comforting weight you would expect from Waterford crystal. Featuring a cut pattern reminiscent of a bobbin used to sew Irish lace, this elegant crystal stemware tells a story of the ultimate craftsmanship, fine detailing and heritage, and will grace your home for generations. Waterford Lismore Essence is the next generation of the classic Lismore pattern, retaining the brilliance and clarity of Lismore, while incorporating a more slender, modern profile. The Lismore Essence Champagne Flutes make a cool, contemporary statement, perfect for serving sparkling wine, mimosas, spumante or champagne cocktails. A lighter wall and thinner stem combine with the intricate detailing of Lismore's signature diamond and wedge cuts to produce stunning examples of modern drinkware that turn even an everyday occasion into a celebration. Champagne flutes made of lead crystal. Set of two. Each holds 8 ounces. Approx. 10.5"T each. Celebrate special moments with the Icon Flute Set of two in rich amethyst, one of Jeff's favorite colors. This stunning stemware uses innovative olive cuts to bring sophisticated luxe living to the home. Perfectly presented in classic Waterford packaging with a decorative Jeff Leatham sleeve, ideal for gifting.

 

Elegance Champagne Coupe, Set of 2 Elegance Optic Classic Champagne Flutes, Set of 2
Elegance Champagne Coupe, Set of 2 Waterford Elegance Champagne Classic Flute, Pair Elegance Optic Classic Champagne Flutes, Set of 2
Handcrafted champagne coupe. Crystal. Hand wash. Set of two; each measures approximately 4.5"Dia. x 6"T and holds 7.8 ounces. This striking assortment of Waterford stemware is carefully crafted by hand with delicate bowls, striking V-shaped plunges and crisp rims that create a flawlessly modern profile. Designed for the enjoyment of champagne and sparkling wines, the Elegance Optic Classic Champagne Flute features a narrow bowl for holding effervescence, allowing you to savor every celebration. Waterford Elegance Optic is an excellent choice for daily use, offering subtle decoration for a relaxed yet elegant feel. Each crystal Elegance stem is uniquely contemporary in design, with a clear, delicate bowl, deep V plunge, crisp rim, pulled stem and flawlessly modern profile. Set of two fine crystal champagne flutes. Each holds 10.1 ounces. 2.9"Dia. x 11"T.


Lismore Nouveau Champagne Flute   Mara Crystal Champagne Flutes, Set of Two
Lismore Nouveau Champagne Flute Waterford Winter Wonders Midnight Frost Flute, Set of 2 Mara Crystal Champagne Flutes, Set of Two
Clear crystal. Handcrafted with wedge diamond cuts and a pulled stem. Hand wash. Holds 7 ounces. From the Midnight Frost Collection, featuring an intricate pattern reminiscent of winter's frost. Part of Waterford's new 6-year series, Winter Wonders Waterford Ardan offers the beauty of simplicity with the Mara pattern. Mara is the Irish meaning for sea and is inspired by the wild Atlantic Ocean with long and short deep vertical cuts. The Mara Flute Set is perfect for every day use. 3.2"Dia. x 11"T. Each holds 10 fl. oz. Crystal. 2-piece set.

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

Dom Perignon Champagne Flutes, Set of Two JCB Passion Champagne Flutes, Set of 2 Bubble Champagne Flute Box Set
Dom Perignon Champagne Flutes, Set of Two JCB Passion Champagne Flutes, Set of 2 Bubble Champagne Flute Box Set
Handcrafted flutes. Full-lead crystal. 5.0 oz.-15 cl; 9.25"T-23.4 cm. Hand wash. Made in France. Set of two champagne flutes. Made of lead crystal. Each holds 15 ounces. Approx. 9.2"T each. Set of six assorted champagne flutes including Masséna, Château Baccarat, Harcourt - Eve, Diamant, Mille Nuits & Véga. Handcrafted of lead crystal.

 

  Two Vega Flutissimo Champagne Flutes, Clear Vega Flutissmino Champagne Flutes, Set of 4
Baccarat Mille Nuits Flutissimo, Set of 2 Two Vega Flutissimo Champagne Flutes, Clear Vega Flutissmino Champagne Flutes, Set of 4
Lustrous cuts and a tapered stem make this elegant flute set a striking addition to the table. Purple, Ruby Clear full-lead crystal. Handcrafted. Set of two. 11 3/8"H; holds 5 1/2 oz. Hand wash. Made in France. 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.


Vega Champagne Flutes, Set of 2 Mille Nuits Flutes, 4-Piece Set Harcourt Eve Flute, Set of 2
Vega Champagne Flutes, Set of 2 Mille Nuits Flutes, 4-Piece Set Harcourt Eve Flute, Set of 2
Handcrafted set of two champagne flutes. Lead crystal. Holds 6.4 ounces. 8.8"T. Hand wash. Made in France. Crystal flutes. Each, 11.375"T; holds 5.75 ounces. Set includes one of each color shown (left to right): Amber, Blue, Moss, Red. Made in France. Crystal flutes. Set of two; each, 9.625"T; holds 6 ounces. Made in France.


Harcourt Eve Champagne Flutes, Set of 2   Harcourt Eve Flute-Black
Harcourt Eve Champagne Flutes, Set of 2 Baccarat Harcourt Coupe Glasses with Red Knob, Set of 2 Harcourt Eve Flute-Black
Handcrafted champagne flutes. Made of lead crystal. Set of two. Each holds 5.7 ounces. 9.6"T each. Crystal Champagne flute is made of lead crystal. Lead crystal. Holds 5 3/4 oz. 9 5/8"T. Hand wash. Made in France.

 

Mille Nuits Champagne Flutes, Set of 2 Mille Nuits Red Flutissimos, Set of 2 Mille Nuits Flutissimo, Set of 2
Mille Nuits Champagne Flutes, Set of 2 Mille Nuits Red Flutissimos, Set of 2 Mille Nuits Flutissimo, Set of 2
Handcrafted champagne flutes. Lead crystal. Set of two. Holds 6.5 ounces each. Each: 8.6"T. Hand wash. Made in France. From the Mille Nuits Collection by Mathias. Handcrafted flute. Full-lead crystal. Venetian-style, beveled cut. 11.25"T; holds 5.875 ounces. Hand wash. Made in France. Crystal flutes. Each, 11.375"T; holds 5.75 ounces. Set of 2. Made in France.

Champagne Coolers

Anémone-Belle Epoque Champagne Cooler 0 Gold Orchid Champagne Bucket
Anémone-Belle Époque Champagne Cooler Gold Orchid Champagne Bucket
The Anémone-Belle Epoque collection was created in 1902 by the master silversmiths of Christofle for the famous Champagne House Perrier-Jouët. It is inspired by the motif of anemones drawn by the master Art Nouveau glassmaker, Emile Gallé. Champagne cooler is fashioned from silver-plate and highlights the artistic talent of the Maison's Master silversmiths. Approx. 9.3"T. Dishwasher safe Handcrafted champagne bucket. Nickel-plated metal, gold-tone metal, and stainless steel. 11.75"W x 8"D x 8.5"T.

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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