The sheer effervescence of sparkling wine

Once the very symbol of extravagant luxury, Champagne is available now from iconic producers, boutique makers and discount chains alike

9th December, 2018
Champagne in France: sparkling wine became a predictable aristocratic delight

In the earliest times, sparkling wine was considered a cruel and hateful curse, the work of the devil and a punishment to the winemaker. After months of toil in the vineyard and work in the cellar, the maturing wine, now resting in bottles and ready for sale, would suddenly erupt violently and burst out of its bottle.

Worst of all, this explosion would set off the next bottle in a terrible domino effect. In minutes,...

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