Who said this? “Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.”(answer below)
Have you ever tried a sparkling wine from the UK? You will be pleasantly surprised. Read this from Winespeed: Nyetimber makes so many superb English sparklers that choosing just one to write about isn’t easy. Still, for the sheer thrill of its flavors, the Blanc de Blancs is astounding. The first sip is as pure, starched, and chalky as it gets. Minerals dart around in the wine like a thousand points of light. There are waves of crème brûleé, brioche, crème fraiche, sea salt and French vanilla custard. And in the center of it all, that addictive aroma of just kneaded bread dough ready to go into the oven. Founded in 1086, the Nyetimber estate was mentioned in the Domesday Book, William the Conqueror’s great land survey of England and Wales. (12% abv)
Confession of a solo champagne taster, Terry Theise: Among all wines, Champagne is the one that cries out to be shared. It is carbonated fellowship. It felt perverse to taste it alone – at first. Eventually I adjusted to it until, slowly, the strangeness became ordinary and even curiously fascinating. Solo tasting is a way to delve, a kind of spelunking through wine. I loved tasting with colleagues at the domains we visited, but that’s the yang of tasting, a nourishing energy from which much insight may arise. Tasting alone is the yin of tasting, trying to hear the gift of the silence. I’ve learned that I want both experiences, to help balance myself as a taster and a human, yet the solo experience is the one I almost never had. But what to do about the very much absent other who admonishes me when I taste Champagne alone? “You forgot to pour for me!”
Where did the name Champagne originate? The name Champagne was first used in the sixth century and is derived from campagnia remensis, a Latin term for the countryside around the city of Reims. There is only one appellation in Champagne—Champagne—but the region encompasses five main vineyard areas: Montagne de Reims, Côte des Blancs, Vallée de la Marne, Côte de Sézanne, and Côte des Bar (also known as Aube)
When did superspy James Bond first drink Bollinger champagne? Superspy James Bond (a model of impeccable taste) drinks Bollinger Champagne for the first time in the 1973 film Live and Let Die. When Bond (Roger Moore) is in his hotel room at the San Moniquan, he orders the Bollinger slightly chilled. Interestingly, in his life on the page, James Bond first encounters Bollinger Champagne in the book Diamonds Are Forever, when he receives a bottle of the Champagne in his cabin on the Queen Elizabeth.
What country makes the most sparkling wine? Every year since 2016, Italy has made more spumante (“sparkling wine” in Italian) than any other country in the world according to the OIV (International Organization of Vine and Wine). Italy’s achievement has been driven in large part by the skyrocketing success of Prosecco which, at 660 million bottles a year, now makes up more than 10% of all Italian wine produced. Other major types of Italian sparkling wines include Lambrusco, Franciacorta, and Asti.
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Answer: Mark Twain