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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 Coupe 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.

Multicolor Champagne Flutes, Set of 4 0 Venetia Champagne Flute
Multicolor Champagne Flutes, Set of 4 Venetia Champagne Flute Miranda Kerr Champagne Flutes, Set of 2
Handcrafted champagne flutes. Made of glass. 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.


Wheat Crystal Champagne Flute Glass Champagne Flute Palm Champagne Flute
Wheat Crystal Champagne Flute Glass Champagne Flute Palm Champagne Flute
Crystal champagne glass. 2"Dia. x 9.75"T. Dishwasher safe. Our Champagne Flute is made from Italian crystal and features a gold stem, making it perfect for entertaining. Approx. 2.5"Dia. x 8.25"T. Hand wash only; not dishwasher safe. Made in Italy. Crystal. Hand wash. 9.8"H, 2" dia.


Optical Clear Champagne Flute 100 Points Crystal Champagne Flute Olympia Champagne Flute
Optical Clear Champagne Flute Lalique 100 Points Crystal Champagne Flute Olympia Champagne Flute
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. Handcrafted glass champagne flute. Holds 9 ounces. Hand wash.


William Yeoward Elizabeth Champagne Flute Fern Champagne Flute Camilla Champagne Flute
William Yeoward Elizabeth Champagne Flute Fern Champagne Flute Camilla Champagne Flute
Lead crystal champagne flute. 8.25"H; holds 6 ounces. Hand-cut floral motif. Handmade in England. Handcrafted crystal champagne flute. Holds 6 ounces. Hand wash. Handcrafted crystal champagne flute. Holds 6 ounces. Hand wash.


Twist Diamond Champagne Flute Cotessa Red Champagne Flute Palace Champagne Flute
Twist Diamond Champagne Flute Cotessa Red Champagne Flute Palace Champagne Flute
Handcrafted champagne flute. Crystal. Champagne flute made of glass. Holds 11 ounces. Approx. 9.5"T. Hand wash. Made in Italy. Lead-free crystal flute. 10.25"T; holds 6 ounces. Hand wash.


Fanny Champagne Flute Slide View: 1: Purple Waterfall Flutes, Set of 4 Bristol Champagne Flute
Fanny Champagne Flute Purple Waterfall Flutes, Set of 4 Bristol Champagne Flute
Handcrafted glass champagne flute. Approx. 8.25"T. Hand wash. Handpainted crystalline Handcrafted champagne flute. 2.5"Dia. x 9"T; holds 6 ounces. Dishwasher safe. Made in the USA.

 

Orrefors More Champagne Glass, Set of 4 Orrefors Premier Champagne Flute, Set of 2
Designed by Erika Lagerbielke. Made in Sweden. Glass. Dishwasher safe Set includes two handmade Champagne flutes. Lead-free crystal. Dishwasher-safe


 
Lsa Groove Champagne Flute, Set of 2 Vietri Puccinelli Classic Champagne Flute Nude Glass Stem Zero Grace Sparkling Wine Glass
Tactile, grooved design with a subtle tapered silhouette. Comes in a decorative box Clean lines and dramatic curves make this champagne flute an elegant addition to the table. 11 oz. capacity. Glass. Dishwasher safe The Stem Zero Grace collection is the world's toughest, yet finest, lead-free crystal range — made using "Ion Shielding" Technology. 11"H

Waterford Crystal Champagne Flutes

Jeff Leathan Icon Champagne Flutes, Set of 2 - Clear Irish Lace Crystal Champagne Flutes, Set of 2 Jeff Leathan Icon Champagne Flutes, Set of 2 - Amethyst
Jeff Leathan Icon Champagne Flutes, Set of 2 - Clear Irish Lace Crystal Champagne Flutes, Set of 2 Jeff Leathan Icon Champagne Flutes, Set of 2 - Amethyst
 Toast to the every day with the Icon Flute set of two. 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. 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. 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.

 

     
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

 

Lismore Nouveau Champagne Flute
Waterford Elegance Champagne Classic Flute, Pair Lismore Nouveau Champagne Flute
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. Clear crystal. Handcrafted with wedge diamond cuts and a pulled stem. Hand wash. Holds 7 ounces.

Champagne Coupe Glasses

William Yeoward Venetia Champagne Coupe
Big Top Coupe Glasses, Set of 2 Venetia Champagne Coupe Ramona Coupe Glasses, Set of 4
Designed for a joyful, sophisticated and show-stopping experience, these coupe glasses offer a refreshingly modern take on the collection's circus theme. Champagne coupe is made of glass. Approx. 4"Dia. x 5"T. The preferred champagne vessel of 1920s flappers and Old Hollywood starlets, the coupe glass is an alternative to the flute, as well as a vessel for shaken or stirred cocktails. With a wide brim saucer design, the glass lends undeniable sophistication to each sip enjoyed. Set of four. Hand-blown glass

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 Flutissmino Champagne Flutes, Set of 4
Vega Flutissimo Champagne Flute, Set of 2 Vega Flutissimo Champagne Flute, Set of 2 Vega Flutissmino Champagne Flutes, Set of 4
Designed for Baccarat by Savinel & Roze. Made in France Designed for Baccarat by Savinel & Roze. 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.

 

Jupiter Champagne Flutes, Set of 2 Bubble Champagne Flute Box Set Harcourt Eve Champagne Flutes, Set of 2
Jupiter Champagne Flutes, Set of 2 Bubble Champagne Flute Box Set Harcourt Eve Champagne Flutes, Set of 2
Handcrafted champagne flutes. Made of lead crystal. Set of two. Each holds 5.75 ounces. Approx. 9.5"T each. Set of six assorted champagne flutes including Masséna, Château Baccarat, Harcourt - Eve, Diamant, Mille Nuits & Véga. Handcrafted of lead crystal. Handcrafted champagne flutes. Made of lead crystal. Set of two. Each holds 5.7 ounces. 9.6"T each.


JCB Passion Champagne Flutes, Set of 2  
JCB Passion Champagne Flutes, Set of 2 Baccarat Harcourt Coupe Glasses with Red Knob, Set of 2
Set of two champagne flutes. Made of lead crystal. Each holds 15 ounces. Approx. 9.2"T each. Crystal

Champagne Coolers

Glacier Champagne Cooler Gold Orchid Champagne Bucket
NUDE Glacier Champagne Cooler Gold Orchid Champagne Bucket
With a strong silhouette that almost defies its delicate crystalline glass composition, the NUDE Glacier champagne cooler takes both functionality and aesthetics into account. Sharp yet comfortable, it presents a pair of elegant hand-pressed dimples that ensure a reliable grip when handling the ice. Handcrafted champagne cooler is made of lead-free crystal. 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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