“I only drink Champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad.” – Lily Bollinger
The Land of Desire turns 2 years old! We’re celebrating with – what else? – champagne! Pop, fizz, salut: we’re going deep into the history of the world’s favorite party drink to find out what makes bubbly so special, what makes the fizzy drink fizz, and what makes us feel the urge to smash bottles of it against shiny new ships. Pour yourself a glass and listen!
Episode 42: “The History of Champagne”
If you’re passing through San Francisco and want to visit the champagne bar I mentioned at the beginning of the episode, it’s called The Riddler and I love it! (No, I don’t know anybody who works there and this is not a sponsored episode, haha. I just love this place and want it to stay open forever. Sitting at a swanky bar drinking champagne and doing the New York Times crossword puzzle is my idea of heaven.)
Try this at home:
I mentioned that I’m organizing a taste test at work – you can try this with a group, too! Grab a bottle of sparkling wine (preferably Californian), a bottle of Prosecco and a bottle of actual French champagne. Moet Chandon’s Imperial Brut is the most popular bottle of French champagne in the world and costs about $30, not too bad. Pour each one into labeled cups and see if folks can tell which one is which. (I can usually figure out the prosecco but that’s it.)
Bursting Bubbles – Robert Walters
Champagne: How the World’s Most Glamorous Wine Triumphed Over War and Hard Times – Don and Petie Kladstrup