Champagne for Beginners

Aug 20, 15 Champagne for Beginners

I love champagne. I love the many different options that are available – Non-Vintage, Vintage, Blanc de Noirs, Blanc de Blancs, Vintage Rosés, Non Vintage Rosés, the list goes on and on. I also love how champagne also gives a little touch of class to whatever meal you pair it with. To be honest, the feeling of downing a cool flute of bubbly on a hot summer’s day is probably one of the main things that I look forward to during these upcoming months.

I have found that I have recently been enjoying going through the best champagne available from Advintage just because I love this sparkly drink so much. As I consider myself a bit of a champagne expert, I belive that enables me to say quite a bit on the topic of this delicious bubbly drink.

Although I have enjoyed hundreds of flutes of champagne and I am now somewhat of an expert on them, I was not always this knowledgeable. Before I started my champagne tasting adventures, my knowledge of champagne (and how it is served) mostly came from movies and TV shows which often depicted people popping open a bottle of champagne and spraying the resulting fizz avalanche over everyone else in front of them. I also thought that champagne came in just one variant. I now thankfully know better. Here is a little cheat sheet for your reference if you are interested in champagne and you want to test the frothy, bubbly waters.

advintage2Non Vintage Champagnes. Inexpensive yet still delicious, these champagnes are made up of a mix of different wines which usually come from different years. Try these with canapés and hors d’oeuvres. Vintage Champagnes. As the name implies, these are made only during special years and are made out of a blend of wines from the same years. Aged a minimum of 3 years, these types of champagne are sure to be smooth and definitely delicious.

Blanc de Blanc Champagnes. These go perfectly with seafood and they taste crisp and quite fresh on the palate. I highly recommend that you go ahead and let these age for a couple of years or so to take advantage of its richer flavour later on.

Blanc de Noirs Champagnes. Unlike the light Blanc de Blancs, these are great to pair with meat and all sorts of game. They go really great with roasts and meats like veal, venison, and birds. There are made exclusively from black grapes.

These are only some of the most basic things that you need to know about champagne as a beginner. Much like how champagne develops richer and more interesting flavours through time, I think that your own champagne journey will only get richer and more interesting with more experience. What are you waiting for? Go ahead and get yourself a spot of bubbly to get started on your own champagne journey today!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Advintage

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