There are so many things in life that we have to do. We have to pay our taxes, pay phone bills, pay for lunch even if it’s a date (unless you’re lucky or forgot your wallet, wink wink). But why not add a delightful “must” to your to-do list called life. It’s easy to forget to truly enjoy the simple moments in life, so why not schedule in a daily bubbly occasion? Yes, the Champagne kind. Tuesday or hump day are the two most difficult days of the week, lots of work and lots of laundries you were supposed to do during the weekend but didn’t because, well, weekends are fun. Share a bottle at home with friends, a glass alone, or enjoy April showers with a bubbly shower at a bar.
To fully embrace this new lifestyle, there are things you must know about the bubbly wine. To begin with, you do not have to limit yourself to Champagne. There are three types of fizzy wines, Champagne, Cava, and Prosecco. Let’s begin the fizzy bubbly tutorial. Maybe read this with a glass of bubbly? Why not?
Champagne is made in Champagne, France with the grapes of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. Basically, two reds and one white makes a sparkly baby. Vintage champagne does exist, but not to the same extent as wine. On a historical note, Dom Perignon is credited for discovering Champagne in 1693, however bottle fermentation has been used in France since 1531.
Prosecco is made in Veneto, Italy with the Glera grape. It is lighter and frothier than both Champagne and Cava. In 2013 there were 307 million bottles produced, it was the first time outsold Champagne. Some believe that this is linked to the financial crisis of 08. There are Frizzante and Spumante Prosecco’s. Frizzante is cheaper and lighter than Spumante. Unlike Cava and Champagne, Prosecco does not go through bottle fermentation.
Cava is made in Catalonia, Spain with Macabeu, Parellada, and Xarello grapes. Both Cava and Prosecco should be had within the first three years. Yay! The two are also cheaper alternatives to Champagne. Up until the ’70s Cava was referred to as Spanish Champagne, but EU regulations dictated that no drink outside the location of Champagne, should be called Champagne and thus Cava was born.
Getting tipsy quickly and feeling like a boss is not the only benefit of Champagne, there are certain physiological benefits to the bubbly blend. According to research from Reading University, Champagne is said to improve your memory. The study concluded that the two red grapes found in champagne, Pinot Noir, and Minot Meunier are linked to better memory.
This also falls in line with the notion that one should consume red wine to prevent brain disorders and is therefore encouraged to be consumed on a weekly basis. Champagne is also said to be good for your heart, much like red wine. It has also been said that it improves your skin! So why not drink one glass, and take a face bath in the rest.
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