It was the drink of the French coronation and since then champagne has always been the drink of choice for celebrations. Recently Daniel Lorson, director of communications for Comite Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne—an organization grouping Champagne growers, cooperatives and merchants under the direction of the French government—was in the Capital to demonstrate how to drink the coveted drink. Ever wondered what’s the difference between champagne and sparkling wine? In Lorson’s words: “Champagne comes from district of Champagne in the northeast of France. Wine with bubbles from anywhere else is called sparkling wine.”
He also gave us a few quick tips on what kind to pick for what occasion:
Dinner champagnes and appertifs
The most popular champagnes are the brut style. They are dry and crisp wines, with a good balance between freshness and flavour (roundness). They are perfect with seafood and fresh cheese.
A tête-à-tête favourite
The perfect champagne for an intimate dinner is the pink or rose champagne. They are seductive. The pink on white cloth looks beautiful and adds that sensual touch to a special dinner.
Formal celebratory dinner
This is an occasion that you want to celebrate with noise. The ideal way would be to buy a large magnum bottle of your favourite vintage champagne. The shape and size of the bottle will give the occasion a sense of grandeur.