Wine and champagne wine have become staples for every special occasion. Without exception all parties become that much more memorable when these two enter the fray.

Many people love wine and champagne so much that they are consumed not only by drinking them, but also by incorporating them into different dishes; desserts and mains. Champagne wine is crucial to popular culture, even rap.

These two may bring joy to all their consumers, but there is more than just the feeling of jubilation wine and champagne bring. A lot of people do not know the difference between them. How are they made? Is champagne wine? Here are the answers to a few questions many people discuss, but do not know.

The Devil’s wine: The Origins of Sparkling Wines

Sparkling wine is basically a carbonated or fizzy wine. In the Middle Ages, some bottles of still wine were noted to be sparkling lightly. The bubbling was treated as a wine defect and was denounced in the winemaking industry. It was called “the Devil’s Wine” because the pressure inside the bottles made often them explode. This chemical chain reaction, affected bottle after bottle, leading to massive losses of profit for winemakers and producers.

It produces large bubbles, creating the bubbling effect easily. However, this process is a poor substitution for the traditional secondary fermentation process.

The Grapes:

Cuvée, a blend composed of 3 main varieties of grapes form authentic Champagne. The first, and paramount among them is Chardonnay. Chardonnay grown in the climate of the Champagne region specifically, but as a grape as a variety has an exquisite balance between the vibrant sugars and refreshing acids within it. It is as perfect of a grape with which to make Champagne because of this.

Second, is Pinot Noir. Carefully cultivated into Champagne, Pinot Noir’s difficulty and sensitivity in growth adds to the process. This grape has a plethora of differing aromas and attributes dependent on the climate in which they’re grown. The perfect Pinot Noir are grown in the colder months. Wines made from the grape are now among the most popular in the world. Considering they contribute to the making of Champagne, it seems no surprise!

The last is Pinot Meunier. This lesser known grape actually composes nearly one third of all the grapes planted in the Champagne region of France! It is a hybrid, the inner grape close in genotype to the pinot noir or pinot gris. The epidermal layer something altogether different. Seldomly found credited on wine bottles; Pinot Meunier an unsung hero. Furthermore, contributing to Pinot Meunier’s lesser known status despite amount grown. For years, Champagne makers did not even acknowledge it as part of their blend. Was this to protect their secretive process and authenticity?


In the end, all Champagne types are wine. However, not all sparkling wine is Champagne; only those produced in the Champagne region of France. In many ways, Champagne might be the most celebrated wine on the planet; used to commemorate joyous occasions around the world. In conclusion, its storied history and protected heritage, to it’s regional distinction and protected, almost secretive recipes; Champagne is a drink we should all celebrate. In short, people should be thankful, Churchill left Champagne for others to enjoy.