Champagne is celebration. It’s a party in a bottle. Nothing else promises good times and fond memories like the pop of a cork and a spill of bubbles. The question is how much of a good time can you handle?
Bottles of champagne come in a large range of sizes. Some small enough to fit in your fist and some large enough to fill a paddling pool. Champagne is usually sold in a 3/4 liter bottle known in the industry as a “bottle”.
Obvious you say?
Yes but here is where it gets complicated. This bottle is used as a unit of measurement compared to all other size champagne. That is why it is very possible to buy a 6 “bottle” bottle of champagne. Some prefer to use the glass system which is about four glasses to the bottle, but we here at Drinking Made Easy prefer the official system. Besides we hardly uses glasses anyway. Champagne is fermented in single bottles or Magnum sized bottles and then added to bigger bottles at the end of the process.
The smallest sometimes referred to as the piccolo holds only enough for a single glass of champagne (1/4 bottle) and is a traditional wedding favorite. The biggest commercially sold is call the Melchizedek and is used at sporting occasions, where a giant exploding bottle of champagne doesn’t look out of place. In the champagne community many purists claim the Magnum is the optimum bottle for maximum bubble retention and although this has never been proven it remains the most popular size for experts and celebrities alike.
To sound like a true expert you must memorize the biblical names! Repeat after me: Magnum Jeroboam Rehoboam Methuselah Salmanazar Balthazar…wait here is an easy chart we put together for you.
This chart has included the liters because although the names and the bottle counts are similar when it comes to wine the actual volumes vary. So don’t mix up your Magnums.
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