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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: Champagne Coolers, Champagne Production, Champagne Dictionary, Champagne labels, Champagne France, Serving and Tasting Champagne

Champagne Flutes and Coolers

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

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Baccarat Vega Flutissimo Baccarat Dom Perignon Champagne Flutes Baccarat Mille Nuits Flutes, 4-Piece Set
Baccarat: A long-standing tradition of excellence in exquisitely crafted crystal and glassware. France Full-lead crystal from Baccarat. Handcrafted. 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 Eve Harcourt Champagne Flute Baccarat Harcourt Eve Flute, Set of 2
Lead-crystal flutes. Set of 2. Made in France. Champagne flute designed by Thomas Bastide. Lead crystal. 9.625"T; holds 5.75 ounces. Made in France. Lead-crystal flutes. Set of two

 

Spring Crystal Flute Classic Crystal Flute NMF17_H8L5P
Varga Spring Crystal Flute Varga Classic Crystal Flute Saint Louis Crystal Bubbles Flute
Clear crystal flute engraved with springtime creatures. 8.75"T; holds 4 ounces. Clear crystal flute. Handcrafted flute. Lead crystal. France

 

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Baccarat Mille Nuits Flutissimo Baccarat Set of Two Harcourt Eve Flutes Baccarat Champagne Flutes, 6-Piece Set
Mille Nuits—or a thousand nights—evokes the richness of palaces, with a narrow cut that glitters in the light. 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. 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.

 

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Baccarat Two Vega Flutissimos, Clear Baccarat Mille Nuits Red Flutissimos, Set of 2 Baccarat Mille Nuits Champagne Flute
Handcrafted flute. Full-lead crystal. From the Mille Nuits Collection by Mathias. Handcrafted flute. Full-lead crystal. Venetian-style, beveled cut. France Handcrafted Champagne flute. Full-lead crystal.

 

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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.

 

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

 

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Varga Springtime Champagne Flute Mario Luca Giusti Rolling Stone Flute, Blue Mario Luca Giusti Dolce Vita Flute, Violet
Handcrafted flute. Etched crystal. Acrylic flute. Acrylic flute.

 

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Champagne Flutes, Set of 4 Riedel Wine Glasses, Set of 2 Vinum Cuvee Prestige Qualia Glass Twist Flutes, Set of 4
Champagne flutes made of glass. Set includes one of each design shown. Adhering to the Riedel principle of content commands shape, Vinum cuvee prestige wine glasses highlight the aromas and flavors inherent to champagne and sparkling wines while preserving their effervescence. A dot etched it each generates continuous bubbles to ensure your celebration never goes flat. Handcrafted flutes. Soda glass.

 

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Lsa Lulu Assorted Champagne Flutes, Set of 4 Michael Aram White Orchid Toasting Flutes, Set of 2 8 Oak Lane Countdown Flutes
Mouth-blown; handmade. Elegantly gift-boxed. Glass Handcrafted toasting flutes. Glass and nickel-plated metal. Set of two Glass flutes.

 

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
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

Champagne Coolers

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Christofle Malmaison Champagne Cooler Christofle Vertigo Champagne Cooler Magisso Champagne Chalkboard Cooler
Designed and crafted in France, Christofle's historic Malmaison pattern showcases an Empire-style silhouette featuring delicate palm and lotus leaf details Silver-plated champagne cooler. Designed by Andree Putman. Enjoy your drinks cool by the pool or at a perfect dinner with this champagne bucket from Magisso.

 

NMF17_G3VQY Orb Wine-Champagne Bucket
Christofle Oh de Christofle Champagne Cooler Orb Wine-Champagne Bucket
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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