Are You Taking The Fizz?

4th April 2023

What does Fizz mean

No, Fizz I said” as someone questioned what I had just stated, “I’m just asking where are you taking that bottle of fizz“. We commonly use that term don’t we, fizz, when it comes to describing sparkling wine? It’s dictionary descriptions put it down as ‘making a hissing or sputtering sound‘ or ‘frothy, gaseous drinks‘ and it is also a British slang term for Champagne.

I suppose it really depends on your upbringing or in deed the moment you are in as to how you will refer to Champagne:

Would you pass the Bollinger dear” or “couldn’t pour us another drop of fizz” both will instruct the recipient an order to pour. Now Champagne is a globally respected name and brand with such classic names connected such as Cristal, Dom Pérignon and Moët & Chandon, and dare you even think about using the term outside of the wines produced within its classified regions of Northern France. No, Champagne is not a colour and should not be taken officially if attached to products like chocolate, cosmetics or Apple iPhones!

Fizz also, verb wise, relates to ‘show excitement or exhilaration‘ which again ties it in very well to Champagne, I mean who doesn’t get all excited when someone pops open a bottle and a glass is on offer? Now it may not however sound too appealing when we research the history of the word fizz:

The first records of the word fizz come from the 1600’s. It’s a shortening of the word fizzle, which comes from the Old Norse fīsa, meaning ‘to break wind!‘” source

So hissing, frothy, gaseous, Champagne and breaking wind! Well, all very much inline with another word commonly used alongside Fizz and that is of course Bubbly, though we do suggest avoiding the flatulence.


Christopher Walkey

Co-founder of Glass of Bubbly. Journalist and author focused on Champagne & Sparkling Wines and pairing them with foods.