Break out the bubbly
The beverage of choice for celebrations, sparkling wines should be served in a way that optimizes the quality and subtlety of the product. Here are some basic notions for serving sparkling wines and Champagne.
Tips for serving Champagne and sparkling wine
Young and lively sparkling wines or Champagnes should be served at around 8°C.
Sparkling wines with more pronounced personalities and vintage Champagnes are at their best at around 10°C. Excessive cold will disturb the perception of aromas and flavours.
Conserving an open bottle
Use a special stopper for effervescent wines so you can keep them in the refrigerator for two or three days. If the bottle is less than two-thirds full, the bubbles will dissipate rapidly and its lifespan will be reduced to one day.
And something to contain it
Designed for serving Champagne, the flute is a stem glass with a narrow bowl. Its reduced contact surface limits loss of bubbles, while its stem prevents the drinker’s hand from warming the contents. A tulip glass will also do.
Serving Champagne in cocktails
The mimosa, a mixture of sparkling wine and orange juice, is hands-down the most popular Champagne-based cocktail. But the fizz in sparkling wines and Champagne has inspired a multitude of deliciously original mixtures. See our sparkling-wine based cocktail recipes .