10 Champagne Tips and Facts From Doreen Colondres

Pop a bottle for Champagne Day! Unlike Taylor Swift, we have no problem celebrating this bubbly holiday. To make your Champagne Day really pop, check out these 10 tips and facts from Vitis House owner Doreen Colondres. Cheers!

1. Open a bottle and share your favorite things about Champagne on social media with the hashtag #ChampagneDay.  

2. Play the official Champagne Day Spotify playlist to get in the spirit with some of our favorite themed tunes.

3. Champagne legally refers to a wine that is only grown from grapes in the Champagne region of France, but you can find outstanding sparkling wines made all over the world using the same production method as in the French region. Just look for Champenoise MethodTraditional Method or Método Tradicional on the label. 

4. The Traditional Method will give you those extraordinary complex flavors from the second fermentation in the bottle that you won’t get from a tank method sparkling wine. 

5. Most Champagne has no vintage—they are usually a blend of sometimes more than 50 different vintages. 

6. Vintage Champagne is only about 3% of production, and they all have exceptional qualities.

7. Time brings out the richness and flavor. All Champagne wines are aged for at least 15 months. This increases to three years for vintage and considerably longer for the special cuvée. 

8. If you want to “stay in France” but out of Champagne you have Cremant. Cava (from Spain) and Franciacorta (from Italy) are always outstanding sparkling wines also made via the traditional method.

9. Are you into organic? Out of the 34,000 hectares of vines in Champagne, only around 8% are certified organic. That doesn’t mean their practices aren’t organic. … The process to become certified is lengthy and costly—it can take almost 6 years. Because of that, many vintners are opting not to undertake the certification, but are instead simply following organic farming practices and producing fabulous sparkling wine, which is organic in every aspect but name. 

10. Pairing rules are not needed to enjoy a youthful, moderate or complex Champagne because they are high in acid. They will be absolutely fantastic with any dish! 

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