The holidays are here, which means it’s the season for festive fun and fancy fetes! And there’s no better way to celebrate this magical time of year than with a glass of Champagne.
But how much do you really know about bubbly?
Read on for a little true-and-false quiz, and learn everything you need to know about toasting with Champagne this holiday season.
This article was originally published in Royal Oaks Living magazine and is reprinted here with permission.
Most people are familiar with the main champagne brands — Perrier Jouët, Tattinger, Veuve Clicquot, Bollinger, Laurent-Perrier, Louis Roederer and Moët & Chandon. These champagne houses have master blenders who craft a consistent “house style” of champagne year after year because they are able to purchase grapes from growers across the Champagne region.
However, grape growers (a.k.a. farmers) own roughly 90% of the vineyards in Champagne, France, according to the CIVC, the trade association for champagne producers. And some growers do make their own champagne — nicknamed “farmer fizz” — instead of selling their grapes to the big brands. And this fizz is worth trying!