5 Champagne & Sparkling Wine Myths: Busted!

6th January 2017


Whether it’s Champagne, Prosecco, Cava, English or any other of the many fantastic sparkling wines out there, it’s no secret that the UK – and the world – loves bubbly more than ever. It seems now is a good time to dispell some common myths!

Champagne and sparkling wine needs to be opened with a loud pop.

While loudly popping open the bottle in a spectacular fashion feels and looks great, it’s actually not the most efficient way to go about it. Ideally, hold your thumb over the cork and hold the bottom of the bottle, tipping it to a 45 degree angle. Gently twist the bottom of the bottle and the cork should release with a hiss (not a pop).

Putting a spoon in the bottle after opening keeps it fizzy.

Unfortunately, this simply doesn’t work. The idea is that the handle of a silver spoon hanging inside the bottle cools the air inside quicker, making it denser and eventually slowing the bubbles escape. You’re better off investing in a decent bottle stopper.

Champagne and sparkling wine gives you the worst hangover.

It’s often heard that sparkling wine gives a bad hangover, but it is no way worse than any other alcohol in this respect; it’s simply how much you drink. Also, the rumour that the bubbles help get you drunk faster? No proof. Enjoy your bubbly!


Champagne should only be served as an apéritif.

Although traditionally Champagne was seen as a drink for celebrations only and served as an apéritif at weddings etc. Champagne and sparkling wine pair very well with lots of different food and can be enjoyed throughout the whole meal.

All sparkling wine is Champagne.

This is surprisingly something many people don’t realise. Champagne is a sparkling wine of very high quality, thanks to the rich history, traditional production methods and ideal growing location. However, there are also many other sparkling wines considered on par with this French bubbly.

Of course, it is a matter of preference; experience different types of sparkling wine from around the world and see what tickles your fancy. And for fellow bubbly-lovers – it’s our duty to introduce others to the world of sparkling wine and spread the joy!

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