Vines 101: Champagne Nourishment

The drink of choice to celebrate life's special moments. Holding an elegant flute of the shimmering liquid can make anyone feel extra special. So how come the drink of the world's biggest socialites and royalty is left so mysterious to us commoners. On many occasions, I am left biting my tongue when a friend makes a bold statement on how they bought this beautiful bottle of champagne, meanwhile it's a sparkling wine from Niagara-on-the-lake. Before you start judging me as a champagne snob, keep in mind that sparkling wines can be delicious, but they should not be mistaken from a champagne.

Therefore, next time you're at your next office party or Christmas party celebration, keep in mind these facts on Champagne. This will ensure that you will not only appear refined holding that long flute but you will also display confidence. 

When you're at the LCBO feeling fancy and craving that bubbly goodness, look for the following indicators on each bottle.

  • Brut: The most common style of Champagne. It's also the driest.
  • Extra Brut: Even drier.
  • Demi-sec, Doux: Sweeter style of Champagne.
  • Champagne comes from a sweet region in France located 90 miles from Paris.
  • Three primary grapes comprises of Champagne: pinot noir, pinor meunier and chardonnay.
  • What does Vintage mean? Champagne vintages are declared for outstanding harvest years and are made from a single harvest year. (Not every year is a "vintage" year).
  • A non-vintage champagne is a blend of grapes from several vintages. These are designed for immediate consumption. 

My favourite French Champagne brands that are available at the LCBO:

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1) Lanson Black Label Brut Champagne, Pinot Noir. $48.95

2) Moet & Chandon Brut, Rose. $77.15

3) Perrier Jouet Grand Brut Champagne, Pinot Noir/Champagne. $67.95

4) Veuve Clicquot Brut, Pinot Noir/Chardonnay. $67.95