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Time for Wine

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It’s almost New Years Eve, and that means Champagne!

Check out these fun facts on Bubbly Champagne from

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

The Carlton’s Quick Picks

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New Years EveWe hope you had a great Christmas!  One of my favorite things about Pittsburgh, is that no matter what time of year it is, there are always so many fun and unique events in and around the city.  Now that Christmas is over, here are som events to get you ready for News Year’s Eve and 2010!

1. DREAMGIRLS. You know you loved the movie, now see it on the stage at Heinz Hall starting Tuesday, December 29!  CATCH THE DREAM! Direct from the world famous Apollo Theatre in New York City, DREAMGIRLS tells the rags-to-riches story of a 1960s Motown girl group and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. With music by Academy Award® nominee Henry Krieger and book/lyrics by Tony® and Grammy®-winning Tom Eyen, DREAMGIRLS features the unforgettable hits “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” “One Night Only” and “Listen.” Broadway director/choreographer Robert Longbottom and co-choreographer Shane Sparks (TV’s So You Think You Can Dance), re-envision DREAMGIRLS so it sparkles like never before!  Join us at The Carlton beforehand for dinner and enjoy a free limo ride to the show!

2. Noon Year’s Eve Celebration. What better way to get the kids involved in New Year’s than with a NOON YEAR’S EVE Celebration at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium?! Ring in the New Year with the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and Radio Disney. Come to the PPG Aquarium from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for a Noon Years Eve Celebration of Time Square proportions. Count down to 12 o’clock noon with Radio Disney disc jockeys, make noise makers and party hats, enjoy live entertainment, and help count down for a special ball drop.  Also perfect for those of us have a hard time staying up until midnight (not me, of course!)

3. First Night Pittsburgh. Join your fellow Pittsburghers on New Year’s Eve throughout the Cultural District for Pittsburgh’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration. Enjoy the grand First Night parade, plus an eclectic showcase of live music, dance and entertainment. Kids young and old will delight in this festive evening. The celebration concludes with spectacular fireworks and the exciting First Night finale, The Future of Pittsburgh, Countdown to Midnight, courtesy of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.  If you need to warm up, visit us at the Carlton for a cocktail and/or meal!

4. Gateway Clipper New Year’s Eve Cruises. For a different kind of New Year’s, join the Gateway Clipper Fleet for one of three spectacular New Year’s Eve Cruises!  Enjoy live entertainment, food and beverage, and the beautiful view of Pittsburgh!

5. Make a New Year’s Resolution. What’s yours going to be for 2010?