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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

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

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Confetti Champagne Flutes, 4-Piece Set Bubbled-Up Coupe Set Lsa Lulu Assorted Champagne Flutes, Set of 4
Handcrafted flutes in gift box. Glass. Set includes one of each design shown. Set of four. Blown glass Mouth-blown; handmade. Elegantly gift-boxed. Glass


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Champagne Flutes, Set of 4 Salon Monogram Flute Qualia Glass Twist Flutes, Set of 4
Champagne flutes made of glass. Set includes one of each design shown. Decaled glass Handcrafted flutes. Soda glass.


Four Gold Butterfly Champagne Flutes HCS16_H8NAF NMS16_H8LR9
Four Gold Butterfly Champagne Flutes 8 Oak Lane Countdown Flutes Golden Trumpet Flutes, 4-Piece Set
Four gold butterfly champagne flutes. Glass flutes. Handcrafted flutes in NM gift box. Glass. Set includes one of each design shown.


Four Marseilles Flutes Faceted Champagne Flutes, Set of 6 Misty Champagne Flutes, Set of 4
Four Marseilles Flutes Faceted Champagne Flutes, Set of 6 Misty Champagne Flutes, Set of 4
Flutes made of clear glass. Embellished with metallic gold-tone designs. Set of four includes one of each design shown. Handcrafted, hand-painted faceted champagne flutes. Six-piece set in assorted colors. Glass with golden trim. Handcrafted glass champagne flutes. Four-piece set.


Blush Oro Bello Champagne Flutes, Set of 4   Gold-Finish Flutes, Set of 4
Blush Oro Bello Champagne Flutes, Set of 4  Olivia Riegel Gold Windsor Flute, Set of 2 Gold-Finish Flutes, Set of 4
Beautifully hued blush and clear glass with hand-painted 24-karat gold detail. Handcrafted set of 4. Italy Raise a toast in glittering style with this glass and pewter cast flute, highlighted by a lustrous array of hand set Swarovski crystals. Handcrafted, hand-painted glass faceted flutes. Assorted four-piece set. Golden rims. Italy

 

Spring Crystal Flute Floral-Vine Champagne Flutes, Set of 2 Classic Crystal Flute
Varga Spring Crystal Flute Jay Strongwater Floral-Vine Champagne Flutes, Set of 2 Varga Classic Crystal Flute
Clear crystal flute engraved with springtime creatures. 8.75"T; holds 4 ounces. Handcrafted champagne flutes. Glass. Hand enameled and hand set with Swarovski® crystals. 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


Nambe Dazzle Toasting Flute Michael Aram White Orchid Toasting Flutes, Set of 2
With polished silver plate bases and a dazzling design, these Nambe flutes offer a beautiful way to enjoy bubbly. Makes a wonderful engagement, wedding or anniversary gift Handcrafted toasting flutes. Glass and nickel-plated metal. Set of two


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La Rochere "Perigord" Champagne Flutes, Set of 6 Mario Luca Giusti Dolce Vita Flute, Violet La Rochere Glassware, Set of 6 Napoleonic Bee Champagne Glassses
From La Rochere, France's oldest operating glassworks, "Perigord Decor" champagne flutes are a marvelous replica of 18th century glassware. Featuring ribbed fluting with tiered stems, this style was introduced during the fashionable times of Louis Xvi, and has become the most popular shape of toasting flutes from France's wine regions Acrylic 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

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

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Baccarat Champagne Flutes, 6-Piece Set Baccarat Vega Flutissimo, Emerald
Baccarat Vega Flutissimo, Ruby or Clear
Baccarat Dom Perignon Champagne Flutes
Handcrafted flutes. Lead crystal. Set includes one of each of the following designs: 5.75-oz. Diamant, 7.5-oz. Mille Nuits, 6.5-oz. Vega, 5.75-oz. Jupiter, 7-oz. Chateau Baccarat, and 7.75-oz. Harcourt Eve. Made in France. Baccarat: A long-standing tradition of excellence in exquisitely crafted crystal and glassware. France Full-lead crystal from Baccarat. Handcrafted. France


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Baccarat Set of Two Harcourt Eve Flutes Baccarat Eve Harcourt Champagne Flute Baccarat Harcourt Eve Flute, Set of 2
Set of two handcrafted champagne flutes. Clear crystal adorned with a touch of blue. Each is 2.25"Dia. x 9.625"T and holds 5.75 ounces. Champagne flute designed by Thomas Bastide. Lead crystal. 9.625"T; holds 5.75 ounces. Made in France. Lead-crystal flutes. Set of two


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Baccarat Mille Nuits Flutissimo Baccarat Mille Nuits Red Flutissimos, Set of 2 Baccarat Mille Nuits Flutes, 4-Piece Set
Mille Nuits—or a thousand nights—evokes the richness of palaces, with a narrow cut that glitters in the light. From the Mille Nuits Collection by Mathias. Handcrafted flute. Full-lead crystal. Venetian-style, beveled cut. France Lead-crystal flutes. Set includes one of each color shown. Made in France


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Baccarat Mille Nuits Flutissimo, Set of 2 Baccarat Mille Nuits Champagne Flute
Lead-crystal flutes. Set of 2. Made in France. Handcrafted Champagne flute. Full-lead crystal.


Massena Champagne Flute Jupiter Champagne Flute
Baccarat Massena Champagne Flute Baccarat Jupiter Champagne Flute
Clear full-lead crystal. Crystal champagne flute.

Lalique Champagne Flutes

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Lalique Two Diamant Flutes Lalique Louvre Flute Set Lalique Two 100 Points Champagne Flutes
Handcrafted flutes feature six crystal facets sculpted with beveled edges. Mouth-blown lead crystal. Hand wash. Boxed set of two. Each measures approximately 2"Dia. x 8.875"T and holds approximately 5.5 ounces. Made in France. 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.

Saint Louis Crystal Champagne Flutes

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Saint Louis Crystal Bubbles Flute  Saint Louis Crystal Bubbles Champagne Flute
Handcrafted flute. Lead crystal. France Handcrafted champagne flute. Crystal. Hand wash. Made in France.

Champagne Coolers

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Christofle Malmaison Champagne Cooler L'Objet Deco Leaves Champagne Bucket Christofle Vertigo Champagne Cooler
Designed and crafted in France, Christofle's historic Malmaison pattern showcases an Empire-style silhouette featuring delicate palm and lotus leaf details Bring lustrous style to cocktail hour with this champagne bucket, featuring 24k gold-plated detail on hand-forged stainless steel. Silver-plated champagne cooler. Designed by Andree Putman.

 

NMF17_G3VQY Orb Wine-Champagne Bucket
Magisso Champagne Chalkboard Cooler Christofle Oh de Christofle Champagne Cooler Orb Wine-Champagne Bucket
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. Our seriously stylish Orb mixology collection recalls the decadence and nostalgia of vintage cocktail culture to elevate the home bar. Aaron Probyn's beautiful, functional designs coordinate in an artistic, unexpected mix of metals and multicolored glass. Lightweight bucket gives off a subtle golden glow, scaled high to snuggle your favorite sparkler or wine in plenty of ice.

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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