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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, Coup and Stemless Champagne Glasses, 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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Purple Waterfall Flutes, Set of 4 Gianna Ombré Flutes, Set of 4 Lsa Lulu Assorted Champagne Flutes, Set of 4
Handpainted crystalline Enjoy your favorite wines and spirits any time with the classic style of Gianna Ombré stemware by Mikasa. Crafted of lead-free crystal in traditional shapes, this collection features an ombre color design. Set of four lead-free crystal flutes. Each holds 6.75 ounces. Approx. 2.3"Dia. x 9.6"T. Dishwasher safe. 10.25"H; 6 oz. Mouth-blown; handmade. Elegantly gift-boxed. Glass


William Yeoward Elizabeth Champagne Flute
Michael Wainwright Truro Toasting Flute Set of 2 William Yeoward Elizabeth Champagne Flute Olivia Riegel Gold Windsor Flute, Set of 2
Michael created The Truro Collection to capture the timeless shifting of ocean, wind and sand. This crystalline glass collection features carved details on a polished background, hand decorated Lead crystal champagne flute. 8.25"H; holds 6 ounces. Hand-cut floral motif. Handmade in England. Raise a toast in glittering style with this glass and pewter cast flute, highlighted by a lustrous array of hand set Swarovski® crystals.

 

kate spade new york grace avenue 2-piece champagne flute set
Vera Wang Wedgwood Bande Flute, Set of 2 kate spade new york grace avenue 2-piece champagne flute set Vera Wang Wedgwood Love Always Toasting Flute Pair
Celebrating simplicity and effortless elegance, Vera Wang's Bande collection brings modern appeal to your home. 5 oz. capacity. 9.1"H Set of two glass champagne flutes with grosgrain bows. Silver-plated metal stems. Approx. 9.3"T. Set includes: two champagne flutes. Folded heart motif. Design inspired by a favorite pair of earrings belonging to one of Vera's daughters. Dimensions: 10.6"H x 2.7" DIAM. 5.5 oz. capacity

 

Swarovski Crystalline Champagne Flutes, Set of 2 Orrefors More Champagne Glass, Set of 4 Orrefors Premier Champagne Flute, Set of 2
Delicate, elegant and very festive, this is a set of two flutes for very special occasions. The clear crystal that fills the stems and the faceted clear crystal base of each of these adds an element of romance to any evening - making it a touch more special. Designed by Erika Lagerbielke. Made in Sweden. Glass. Dishwasher safe Set includes two handmade Champagne flutes. Lead-free crystal. Dishwasher-safe


   
Juliska Amalia Boxed Flutes, Set of 2 Lsa Groove Champagne Flute, Set of 2 Nude Glass Stem Zero Grace Sparkling Wine Glass
Amalia's decorative threading winds around the glass in a single spiral, creating a look that's both traditional and modern. This signature detail is a favorite. Tactile, grooved design with a subtle tapered silhouette. Comes in a decorative box The Stem Zero Grace collection is the world's toughest, yet finest, lead-free crystal range — made using "Ion Shielding" Technology. 11"H


Venetia Champagne Flute
Vietri Puccinelli Classic Champagne Flute Venetia Champagne Flute Miranda Kerr Champagne Flutes, Set of 2
Clean lines and dramatic curves make this champagne flute an elegant addition to the table. 11 oz. capacity. Glass. Dishwasher safe Champagne flute is made of glass. Approx. 3"Dia. x 8"T. 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.

Waterford Crystal Champagne Flutes

     
Waterford Winter Wonders Midnight Frost Flute, Lilac Waterford Winter Wonders Midnight Frost Flute, Set of 2 Waterford Times Square 2022 Flutes, Set of 2
From the Midnight Frost Collection, featuring an intricate pattern reminiscent of winter's frost Part of Waterford's new 6-year series, Winter Wonders From the Midnight Frost Collection, featuring an intricate pattern reminiscent of winter's frost. Part of Waterford's new 6-year series, Winter Wonders As the world celebrates New Year's Eve with Waterford in Times Square, you can ring in 2022 with this beautiful Times Square flute pair featuring the Gifts of Wisdom design. Beautifully presented in a signature Waterford box

 

Waterford Connoisseur Heritage Champagne Flutes, Set of 6 Waterford Lismore Essence Monogram Script Toasting Flute, Set of 2 Waterford Wedding Vows Flute, Set of 2
Features mixed patterns from the Waterford archives Waterford's signature cut crystal pairs with a script monogram in this striking set of touting flutes. Raise a toast to true love with Waterford toasting flutes featuring an elegant interlocking ring pattern.

 

Waterford Mara Flutes, Set of 6 Waterford Araglin Encore Flutes, Set of 6 Waterford Elegance Champagne Classic Flute, Pair
Inspired by the Atlantic Ocean, design showcases both long and short deep vertical cuts Set includes: 6 champagne flutes. Features upright wedge cuts with bands of open cross cuts 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.

Coup and Stemless Champagne Glasses

   
Big Top Coupe Glasses, Set of 2 Lalique 100 Points Champagne Coupe Moser Royal Champagne Coupe
Designed for a joyful, sophisticated and show-stopping experience, these coupe glasses offer a refreshingly modern take on the collection's circus theme. Lalique's renowned 100 Points collection has expanded from a single universal tasting glass to an entire assortment perfect for a wide variety of beverages and occasions. Designed in collaboration with international wine critic James Suckling, each glass in the collection is carefully finished, sanded and polished for incredible clarity and beauty. Commissioned by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra of England in 1907. Diamond cut by hand and rimmed in 24-karat gold


William Yeoward Venetia Champagne Coupe
Venetia Champagne Coupe kate spade new york Pearl Place Stemless Champagne Flute, Set 2
Champagne coupe is made of glass. Approx. 4"Dia. x 5"T. Raise a toast to festive style with this cheerful set of stemless flutes from kate spade new york, highlighted by an array of lustrous polka dots.

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

 
Vega Flutissimo Champagne Flute, Set of 2 Baccarat Mille Nuits Flutissimo, Set of 2 Baccarat Harcourt Eve Flute with Black Knob, Set of 2
Designed for Baccarat by Savinel & Roze. Made in France Lustrous cuts and a tapered stem make this elegant flute set a striking addition to the table. Made in France. Crystal

 

 
Vega Flutissimo Champagne Flute, Set of 2 Baccarat Harcourt Coupe Glasses with Red Knob, Set of 2
6.1 oz. capacity. 11.4"H. Designed for Baccarat by Savinel & Roze. Made in France Crystal

Champagne Coolers

Lalique Bacchantes Champagne Cooler Michael Aram Wisteria Gold Champagne Bucket
Adorned with the iconic Bacchantes motif, this striking champagne cooler features a removable stainless steel insert for easy clean up. 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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