Champagne Fun Facts

You've heard the quote about Dom Pérignon "tasting stars," but did you know that…



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Champagne Fun Facts

Use any of these fun facts about Champagne as a conversation starter at your Holiday parties.

· By the law of averages, you are more likely to be killed by a flying Champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.

· The speed of a popped Champagne cork ranges between 35 and 100 miles per hour.

· High-society dandies in 19th-century England insisted that the only way to properly polish boots was with Champagne.

· Scientists with way too much time on their hands have actually created a formula to measure how many bubbles there are in a standard 750-ml bottle of Champagne. Answer: between 44 and 57 million bubbles.

· A neat bar trick: A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh Champagne will continually circulate from the bottom of the glass to the top and back again.

· To build a pyramid of Champagne glasses for a Champagne cascade, the following ratio is considered best:

Base level=60 glasses

First level= 30
Second level= 10
Third level= 4
Fourth level= 1
 
· In a case of history repeating itself, marketing surveys have shown that attendees of R and B, rap, or hip-hop concerts are 94 percent more likely than the average person to drink Champagne.

Reprinted by arrangement with Penguin, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., from ALCOHOLICA ESOTERICA by Ian Lendler.

Copyright © Ian Lendler, 2005

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