There’s nothing quite like the sound of a bottle of Champagne being opened. When you hear that unmistakeable pop, you know exactly what’s to follow – the sight and sound of tiny bubbles rising in your glass, the aroma before the first sip, the feel of delicate bubbles in your mouth and, of course, the taste. It’s a marvellous set of sensory triggers that help explain why Champagne has been one of the world’s most popular drinks for centuries.
Amanda Reboul, our guest on this episode of ExtraVirgin Podcast, shares her wealth of knowledge on the subject of Champagne, starting with what makes sparkling wine from Champagne unique, and why all Champagne is sparkling wine but not all sparkling wine is Champagne.
Amanda, aka the Champagne Diva, explains the best temperature to store and serve your champagne at – and how best to get it to the right temperature when it’s as hot as it gets in an Australian summer. She also outlines options for the best glasswear to use, something that has changed several times.
Then she generously shares her recommendations for what to buy at every Champagne price-point, ranging from a cheaper Champagne that’s ideal for cocktails, to affordable and recognisable brand buys and even the no-budget truly-special occasion Champagne.
Amanda guides us on:
- The difference between vintage and non-vintage Champagne
- What Champagne to have as an aperitif
- How to choose a Champagne that you can have with your main course
- What is “grower” Champagne and
- How to choose Champagne to give as a gift.
You’ll also hear that Champagne is a great addition to many cocktails. Amanda mentions a traditional Champagne cocktail that’s got a twist with the addition of one of our favourite flavours, elderflower. Here’s a recipe for an Elderflower French 75:
Elderflower French 75 Cocktail
- 60ml gin
- 30ml elderflower syrup
- 30ml lemon juice
- 60ml Champagne
- Pieces of lemon peal to garnish
Step 1: Add ice to a cocktail shaker
Step 2: Add the elderflower syrup, lemon juice and gin.
Step 3: Shake to combine liquids.
Step 4: Strain into a champagne flute.
Step 5: Top with Champagne and lemon peel, then enjoy.
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