10 surprising things you may not have known about Champagne!

Happy Friday!

Not that most of us needed an excuse to drink champagne, but today is October 23, otherwise known as World Champagne Day.

In its sixth year, the celebration was apparently started by a blogger in the US, as a chance for champagne enthusiasts worldwide to unite in celebration of this fine wine.

Expect that for the next 24-hours, social media will be full of pictures, videos and pledges of allegiance to the sparkling goodness that is Champagne.

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Now, The Happy List originally started out as a collection of all the things that bring happiness into my life. Now, since it’s World Champagne Day, which is DEFINITELY one of my favourite things, it seemed only natural that it would make the cut.

To mark this fine day I thought I would find ten interesting facts about Champagne (preferably to be read whilst drinking a glass of Bolly), so here you go:

Fact 1:

The bubbles in champers make the alcohol enter your bloodstream very quickly—so much so that that it can can even result in a headache. So take it slow!

Fact 2:

“Champagne” is only allowed to be called so if it’s from the French region. Countries like Italy, New Zealand and Australia all give France a decent run for its money in terms of the quality of Champagne produced, but because they are unable to use the famous name, you will often get more bang for your buck.

Fact 3:

Pol Roger, the renowned Champagne house, made a special one pint bottle of champagne for Winston Churchill to be served to him every day at 11 a.m.

Fact 4:

The classic Champagne coupe was adapted from a wax mould made from the breast of Marie Antoinette.

Fact 5:

The world’s most expensive champagne is $275,000 per bottle! It is called Shipwrecked 1907 Heidsieck. I would love to sample this, but then again I think I should buy a house first…

Fact 6:

More people are killed each year by flying champagne corks than bites from poisonous spiders.

Fact 7:

A biography of Marilyn Monroe says that she once took a bath in champagne. About 350 bottles of champagne were used to fill the tub!

Fact 8:

The pressure in a Champagne bottle is around 90 pounds per square inch. That’s equivalent to that of a London double-decker bus tire.

Fact 9:

On the Titanic, the champagne that was served, Heidsieck & Co Monopole Blue Top Champagne Brut was rumoured to wash ashore several years later. It is said that it tasted great even after all that time!

Fact 10:

Four ounces of champagne is roughly 90 calories, while the same amount of red wine and sweet wine is 100 calories—making it a healthier choice for those watching their waistlines. Serving sizes for champagne are generally smaller than other alcoholic beverages too, keeping the calorie count even lower.

Cheers to that!

Do you have any fun champagne facts I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments.

Coco xo

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