If you're crazy about bubbles, there's no better time to indulge your passion than during the festive season.
With Thanksgiving, Christmas and new year around the corner there are plenty of excuses to pop the cork on a bottle or two and raise a glass or chambong.
While it's easy to indulge in the luxurious bubbles, it's not always easy to navigate the complex world of some of the most expensive wines on the shelf.
So, if you're not yet a seasoned professional, but enjoy the finer things in life, here's a definitive guide to how to bluff the basics, from how to pick and serve and enjoy the best of Champagne this season.
Types of Champagne: A Guide
First things first. If you find yourself unable to answer "what is Champagne,?" brush up on the basics in this handy video below.
Brut, Sec and Demi Sec? If you're unclear on sweet or dry - that's just the start. Have a look at these tips to find out the best Champagne suited to your palate.
Essi Avellan MW, a Finnish Champagne specialist and author, talks with authority on how to approach “the best drink on the planet."
If your cork pops, you're probably doing it wrong. Find out how to open a bottle of champagne properly including how to saber open a bottle of champagne.
Is there really a difference between champagne and sparkling wine, is Champagne really a superior tipple? Find out all you need to know in the infographic below.
Not only is the liquid nectar inside the bottle different to everyday sparkling wines, but the bottle has some distinct design dimensions. Afterall, the impressive sabrage method could never work with a screwcap!
Once the bottle's open, why not try your hand at making some luxury cocktails with a champagne base. It's sure to add some sparkle to your festive night.