Life Day By Day

The joy of champagne

If you have never drank champagne, then you are missing out on the joy of champagne! I find whenever I turn up at a celebration, there is usually a bottle of champagne. It just keeps turning up at special events.

Special events can include birthdays, christenings, a job promotion, births, weddings, seeing in the New Year, and even funerals. Racing car drivers celebrate a win with champagne. However, out of respect for the culture the Formula 1 winners in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain spray non-alcoholic rosewater. Not everyone drinks champagne however if your culture permits it then why not have a glass, at least once in a while!

Then there is the tradition of christening ships by breaking a bottle of champagne on its bow as the ship is named out aloud and officially launched. It is a superstitious practice to appease Neptune, the Greek god of the sea. It is considered bad luck if the bottle does not break. Did you know that the bottle of champagne that christened the Titanic did not break!

Celebrating mother’s day with my mother Valma, sister Debbie (middle of photo) and her friend. Everyone looks happy!

As we are nearing Christmas and the holiday season, I am sure I will find a few occasions to enjoy a champagne. When buying champagne, we only buy ones that have the words on the bottle ‘Méthode Traditionelle’. The method is also known as ‘Méthode Champenoise’. It was developed first in the Champagne region of France. The ‘Méthode Traditionelle’ is also used in the production of sparkling wine, however using the term ‘Champagne’ is restricted to the Champagne region in France. If you look at a bottle of Australian sparkling wine such as the Brown Brothers Pinot Noir Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, it is of premium quality as a result of the ‘Méthode Traditionelle’ process. No mention of the word Champagne.

My O&O enjoying a champagne at my mother’s home in Sydney a few years ago! It was my birthday!

The ‘Méthode Traditionelle’ process produces a better quality of champagne or sparkling wine. It is a labour-intensive process whereby wine undergoes a secondary process of fermentation in the bottle. It is less likely to give you a headache – a good reason to look out for it! If you see the word “charmat” on a bottle of champagne it means that the secondary process of fermentation took place in a large tank and it is a lesser quality of sparkling wine.

Here I am enjoying a glass of champagne at a family wedding. It was windy outside, note the hair!

We have a tradition at our place in that we always keep a bottle of champagne in the fridge. Who knows when there is a reason to celebrate – the joy of life through the joy of champagne!

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