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Check out these fun facts on Bubbly Champagne from Suite101.com
The next time you pop the cork off a bottle of bubbly, consider, for a moment, these intriguing facts:
- The three traditional grapes used to make champagne are the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. True champagne, as opposed to other sparkling wines, has to have developed bubbles by undergoing the fermentation process twice: once in barrels and again in bottles.
- Dom Perignon, a Benedictine monk at the Abbey of Hautvillers, is considered to have invented champagne.
- There are 49 million bubbles in a 750ml bottle of champagne, give or take a few, as calculated by scientist Bill Lembeck.
- The pressure in a bottle of champagne is 90 pounds per square inch, about three times that in an automobile tire.
- The longest champagne cork flight in the world was 177 feet, 9 inches, set by American Heinrich Medicus in New York in 1988.
- A champagne cork leaves the bottle at a velocity of approximately 38-40 mph, but can pop out at as fast as 100 mph.
- Marilyn Monroe is said to have once taken a bath in the bubbly. According to her biographer, it took 350 bottles to fill the tub.
“Champagne Trivia, Fun Facts About the Bubbly” by Cynthia Riede