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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 and Coupes

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

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Purple Waterfall Coupe Glasses, Set of 4 Gold-Finish Flutes, Set of 4 Purple Waterfall Flutes, Set of 4
Handpainted crystalline Handcrafted, hand-painted glass faceted flutes. Assorted four-piece set. Golden rims. Italy Handpainted crystalline

 

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Waterford Happy Celebrations Flute, Set of 2 Volcania Flutes, Set of 4 Waterford Lismore Essence Gold Champagne Flute
Enhance each toast you make at every special occasion. With cuts designed to represent the bubbles in champagne, these flutes are perfect for any celebratory occasion. Birthdays, weddings or everyday, you will enjoy toasting the happy celebrants with the brilliance and refinement reflected in your Waterford Crystal toasting flutes. Set of 2; 5 oz. Set of four. Glass Lismore Essence is the next generation of Waterford's classic Lismore pattern, retaining its brilliance and clarity while incorporating a more slender, modern profile. The classic design, featuring diamond and wedge cuts with a gold rim, is an elegant addition to fine dining occasions.

 

Waterford Mara Flutes, Set of 6 Waterford Icon Flutes, Set of 2 Waterford Connoisseur Heritage Champagne Flutes, Set of 6
Inspired by the Atlantic Ocean, design showcases both long and short deep vertical cuts Designed by renowned floral artist Jeff Leatham. Presented in classic Waterford packaging with a decorative Jeff Leatham sleeve perfect for gifting Features mixed patterns from the Waterford archives

 

Waterford Wedding Vows Flute, Set of 2 Waterford Lismore Pops Toasting Flute, Set of 2 Waterford Lismore Toasting Flute, Pair
Raise a toast to true love with Waterford toasting flutes featuring an elegant interlocking ring pattern. An exciting new collection in vivid color, Waterford Lismore Pops boasts a contemporary take on the world's most popular crystal pattern, named for County Waterford's 12th Century Lismore Castle. A contemporary take on the world-famous Lismore pattern, the Lismore Diamond Medium Hurricane features signature diamond and wedge cuts intricately rendered on modern cylindrical shapes.

 

Waterford Lismore Diamond Essence Flute Waterford Lismore Diamond Flute, Set of 2 Waterford Lismore Diamond Toasting Flute, Set of 2
Waterford's brilliant crystal collection merges the elegant Lismore Essence stem with the contemporary cuts of Lismore Diamond. The result is a striking, of-the-moment design that's at home on any table. A stunning modern reinvention of the classic Lismore pattern, Waterford's Lismore Diamond is characterized by intricate diamond cuts rendered in radiant fine crystal. Bring classic elegance to the table with these striking toasting flutes from Waterford. The Lismore Diamond pattern is a strikingly modern reinvention of the Waterford classic, characterized by intricate diamond cuts rendered in radiant fine crystal.

 

Waterford Lismore Diamond Toasting Flute, Set of 2 Waterford Araglin Encore Flutes, Set of 6 Waterford Lismore Diamond Toasting Flute, Set of 2
Dozens of embossed facets reflect light beautifully, lending alluring shine to Waterford's Lismore Diamond Toasting Flutes. Set includes: 6 champagne flutes. Features upright wedge cuts with bands of open cross cuts Tiny embossed facets create a sparkling touch in this toast-worthy set of flutes.

 

 
Waterford Elegance Champagne Classic Flute, Pair Waterford Lismore Essence Monogram Script Toasting Flute, Set of 2 Vera Wang Wedgwood Duchesse Encore Champagne Flute, Pair
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. Waterford's signature cut crystal pairs with a script monogram in this striking set of touting flutes. Featuring an updated version of the popular Duchesse pattern. Elegant toasting flute pair for celebrations. Produced in full lead crystal and designed by Vera Wang.

 

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Orrefors Premier Champagne Flute, Set of 2 Lsa Lulu Assorted Champagne Flutes, Set of 4 Golden Trumpet Flutes, 4-Piece Set
Set includes two handmade Champagne flutes. Lead-free crystal. Dishwasher-safe 10.25"H; 6 oz. Mouth-blown; handmade. Elegantly gift-boxed. Glass Handcrafted flutes in NM gift box. Glass. Set includes one of each design shown.


  Champagne Cocktail Coupe  
Villeroy & Boch Purismo Champagne Coup, Set of 2 Match Champagne Cocktail Coupe kate spade new york Pearl Place Stemless Champagne Flute, Set 2
Lead-free crystal. Dishwasher safe Glass cocktail coupe. Pewter base is handmade by artisans in Northern Italy. Lead-free and safe for everyday use. 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

NMF17_H8NPK Two Vega Flutissimo Champagne Flutes, Clear NMS15_-1ZBN
Baccarat Harcourt Eve Flute, Set of 2 Two Vega Flutissimo Champagne Flutes, Clear Baccarat Dom Perignon Champagne Flutes
Lead-crystal flutes. Set of two Clear full-lead crystal. Handcrafted. Set of two. 11 3/8"H; holds 5 1/2 oz. Hand wash. Made in France. Full-lead crystal from Baccarat. Handcrafted. France

 

Bubble Champagne Flute Box Set NMF17_H8NPV
Baccarat Bubble Champagne Flute Box Set Baccarat Mille Nuits Flutes, 4-Piece Set
Set of six assorted champagne flutes including Masséna, Château Baccarat, Harcourt - Eve, Diamant, Mille Nuits & Véga. Handcrafted of lead crystal. Hand wash. Made in France. Lead-crystal flutes. Set includes one of each color shown. Made in France

Lalique Champagne Flutes and Saint Louis Crystal Champagne Flutes

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Lalique Louvre Flute Set Lalique Two 100 Points Champagne Flutes
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.

Champagne Coolers

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Christofle Oh de Christofle Champagne Cooler Juliska Carine Champagne Bucket Christofle Vertigo Champagne Cooler
Stainless steel beverage cooler. Approximately 8"Dia. x 8.25"T. Dishwasher safe. Made in France. The dappled glass of this champagne bucket creates a glamorous look when you add frosty ice cubes and your favorite bottle of bubbly. Silver-plated champagne cooler. Designed by Andree Putman.

 

L'Objet Deco Leaves Champagne Bucket Waterford Lismore Pops Champagne Bucket Michael Aram Wisteria Gold Champagne Bucket
Bring lustrous style to cocktail hour with this champagne bucket, featuring 24k gold-plated detail on hand-forged stainless steel. An exciting new collection, Waterford Lismore Pops boasts a contemporary take on the world's most popular crystal pattern, named for County Waterford's 12th Century Lismore Castle. 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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