10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Champagne

Dazzle your New Years Eve guests with your knowledge about the golden wine from France.
By Tim Elliott

Champagne glass
Photo by Anders Adermark via Flickr

With a new year fast approaching we have compiled some Champagne trivia to share while toasting your friends and family this weekend.

10) In the movie adaptations James Bond drinks Champagne more than any other beverage (nearly 40 glasses and counting).

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

8) There is about 90 pounds per square inch of pressure in a bottle of Champagne. That’s more than triple the pressure in an automobile tire.

7) A Champagne cork reaches a velocity of about 40 miles per hour (64 kilometers per hour) if popped out of the bottle. We recommend carefully twisting the cork out with a towel covering the bottle so no wine escapes and you don’t hurt a bystander.

6) Actress Marilyn Monroe took a bath in 350 bottles of Champagne. We are sure it was not at the proper temperature for drinking, however.

5) The longest recorded flight of a Champagne cork is over 177 feet (54 meters).

4) Don’t drink Champagne quickly or the bubbles will cause the alcohol to enter your bloodstream too fast often causing a headache. Savor your Champagne in small sips to taste the wine but also dissipate the bubbles before swallowing.

3) A Champagne riddler can turn as many as 50,000 bottles in a single day.

2) The largest bottle size for Champagne is called a Melchizedek and is equal to 40 standard bottles or 30 liters.

1) There are approximately 49 million bubbles in a standard sized bottle of Champagne.

Great sparkling wine is made all over the world but the most famous, and still unrivaled for quality, is made in France. We wish you a happy and prosperous 2012 no matter what you choose to celebrate with.

Tim Elliott

Tim Elliott is a marketer, blogger, and podcaster based in the Twin Cities. In 2004 he created Winecast, the first wine podcast, which is also a wine blog. He has also written about wine for Minneapolis City Pages and Vineyard & Winery Management Magazine.

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4 Comments
  1. Great post! Important to remind readers that, re: item number 9, the coupe is NOT the glass pictured above. The ill-fated Marie never lived long enough to see her breasts go flute-shaped. ;-)

  2. I’m pretty sure the Antoinette myth has been proven wrong ? :) But apart from that, it’s some nice quirky information. If you have ever been stupid (or young and naive) enough, to accidently put your face in the path of a springing champagne cork, you’ll know number seven is no joke… and that it can lead to swollen eyebrows and the like !

    Happy new years everyone!

    1. Asger: You are probably correct as the Wikipedia article linked above points out but sometimes legends are needed to fill out a list of 10 trivia items on Champagne ;-)

      If you had the misfortune to be hit in the face by a flying cork, count yourself lucky you didn’t lose an eye or worse. Remember to point the bottle away from everyone tonight and have a great New Year!

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