The Art of the Second Fermentation in Champagne

Champagne bottles stored in Epernay

The second fermentation in Champagne transforms a still wine into the world-renowned sparkling wine. This critical phase is not only about creating the bubbles that Champagne is famous for but also about influencing the flavor, aroma, and overall quality of the final product. The Biochemical Process At its core, the second fermentation is a biochemical…

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Can We Taste The Terroir In Champagne?

A mystical belief about Champagne, as with wines in general, is the idea one can taste the terroir in a wine. A first issue then is of course what is the meaning of the concept “terroir”. The problem is then that by trying to define this concept, the describing words each have again their own…

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What Is The Raison D’être Of Champagne?

As a vinosopher my life is a true journey. Every experience pops up its own existential questions which challenge me to think about the mystery of life. One of those moments was the last 15th of the month, the day of each month my wife and I toast on our marriage with a sparkling glass…

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Quality of Champagne from a Philosophical Perspective

How much in a serving of Champagne

When we speak about Champagne we almost always tell each other about the supreme quality of this elixir. But what do we actually mean if we speak about quality? What IS the quality of Champagne? Maybe philosophy can give us the answer. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” (Margaret Wolfe Hungerford) If we…

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Is Sparkling Wine Too Complicated?

The world of Sparkling Wine is one that is constantly growing and to stay on top of everything that is happening in the industry is a full-time job, but for the average consumer who just wants to enjoy some Sparkling Wine, is it made too complicated? With enough time, anyone could come to understand and…

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