What you will learn in this text about champagne and sparkling wine:

  • Why we call it sparkling and not champagne;
  • Because we drink sparkling wine in the New Year;
  • Types of sparkling wine for the New Year's Eve;
  • How to serve a sparkling wine on New Year's Eve.
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The first thing you should know about Champagne you probably already know: You can not call any Champagne sparkling wine.

This denomination can be used only if you spent a good few dollars on a bottle that was produced in the Champagne region of France.

If the wine is sparkling, it is sparkling wine and alone. If it's Spanish it calls Cava and so on. Here in Brazil we call sparkling, in the USA sparkling wine (that would be "sparkling wine").

This is one of those subjects about wine that seems to turn everyone into snobs and that I do not want to spend time talking about because I think your time is worth more than that, right?

Now that we've left the tense part about this subject, let's go to what matters: The bubbles.

Sparkling is visually appealing, we already know that. Little can be as elegant as holding a goblet in your hand. The golden color, the perlages (or bubbles) in the cup, the model of the cup. Everything gives an air of festivity, elegance and good taste. But it's not just about anything in the bowl that turns sparkling.

Sidra, this tireless thief. This drink is nothing more than a fermented apple, has nothing to do with grape, champagne or sparkling. It was clear?

I will not forbid anyone to drink cider on New Year's Eve, if you just want something bubbly to pop a cork, go ahead! I even recommend it.

Why do we drink sparkling wine on New Year's Eve?

I will try to summarize the story, but everything has to do with the nobility. Champagne was a wine like any other, but in the transport to the places of consumption another fermentation began, since they were transported in barrel, the carbon dioxide released by her and under pressure "entered" in the liquid, creating the bubbles.

Soon the nobility of France and other neighboring countries began to take a liking for the drink, the lower classes, wanting to be nobility, began to consume it too, but could not pay for the high prices of Champagne for daily consumption, so the habit became common on special dates, such as weddings and obviously year-round (with all the mix of pagan, Christian, alcoholic and celebratory feasts).

Seeing the success of Champagne, the producers began to expand the market, a fact that was facilitated by the fact that the Champagne region was bathed by important rivers of France, and the transport of goods at the time was basically fluvial.

So the champagne was taking all the territories of Europe before other sparkling wines. Whoever arrives first stays. With the expansion, in a short time the drink was consumed worldwide as a reference to festivities.

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Luiz XV defined champagne as the first wine that could be sold in bottles and not barrels. Don Perignon improved the process by sealing the bottles with corks and wire, which made the sparkling wines last longer, increasing consumption even more.

Contrary to popular belief, Don Perignon did not invent the sparkling wine. And so did the importance of Champagne / sparkling wine in New Year festivities.

I will confess to you that I had promised myself to tell this whole story in 2 paragraphs, but I could not.

Types of Sparkling Wine and Which to Choose for New Year's Eve

  • Moscatel
    The beloved of all, for being easy to consume and extremely sweet. The grape adapted well to Brazil and great sparkling of this variety can be found for 20 and some real.
  • Demi-sec
    Equivalent to the sweet medium, you can try it if you want a drink a little more robust and less sickening than muscatel, but still easy tasting.
  • Brut
    Usually wine lovers tune in when a "Brut" appears on the New Year's Eve table. More eccentric and with more personality than the other two types of sparkling wine, it requires a keener taste for you to re-consume it. It would be the equivalent of "dry" wine.

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In the 60's the sparkling wine had already won the world as the drink for celebrations.

7 Tips on How to Serve Sparkling Wine on New Year's Eve

  1. Ice all bottles at least an hour in advance. You need to put them in the freezer, so check if space is enough. The sparkling wine should be served 5 to 10 degrees;
  2. You do not need to pop the sparkling wine, this is an extremely commemorative tradition and has nothing to do with the "correct" way to take a sparkling wine. Do this with something cheaper because you will lose enough liquid in the form of foam;
  3. After the cheap sparkling for the toast, you can serve something more exquisite. Quality should go down as night goes by. More alcohol, less judgment ability;
  4. When opening the sparkling wine be careful and point to a place where there are no lamps or people, you will not want anyone with the purple eye in full turn;
  5. Serve up to half the cup, do not fill;
  6. Serve the sparkling wine in sparkling wine glasses. No glass. This is an important step in the process. Keep an eye on the cupboard or cupboard and be sure to have the right number of cups for the number of guests that will take sparkling wine at your supper or New Year's Eve party. Acrylic bowls are valid if you plan to move your party to the beach. Glass and sand is very dangerous.
  7. Sparkling wines are friends with snacks. Any salty or fried thing goes well. From fries to shrimp breaded.

Tip: Do not go for sparkling wine if you do not enjoy sparkling wine. Make tin tin, sip, and get your favorite drink. The important thing about New Year's is to enjoy the party the way you like it.

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