Happy Champagne Day! Not only is the French bubbly a delight to sip on, but it also has a fascinating background. With that in mind, we ventured to Jardiniere restaurant in San Francisco, where Neil Michael Dixon, owner of Espirit de Champagne, shared a few outstanding Champagnes that are practically unknown to US drinkers. Along with the restaurant's sommelier, Eugenio Jardim, we learned some incredible facts about the history and culture of Champagne. Want to learn more? Test your knowledge on all things bubbly. (For extra fun, pop open a bottle to sip on while you take our quiz.)Take the Quiz
Ever wondered what goes into making quality sparkling wine? The answer — aside from lots of grapes, of course — is a lot of labor. Méthode Champenoise (or méthode traditionnelle when referring to sparkling wines made outside of Champagne, France), is the traditional French method of producing sparkling wines, and while at Mumm Winery in Napa, CA, during harvest, we snapped up photos of the step-by-step process. Take a look; the involved méthode may inspire you to savor your next glass of bubbly more slowly.
What could be better than an effervescent glass of Champagne? This bracing cocktail, for starters. Begat by a happy accident, this honey-sweet twist on an old classic might just be my new go-to cocktail for day or night — it's just as well suited for a Rosh Hashanah toast as it is for a booze-fueled brunch.
What sets this sparkling sipper apart from its classic preparation, you ask? When we decided to concoct a floral version of the tried-and-true tipple using Hendrick's (a notably floral gin) and honey, we referenced a recipe to find out the French 75's classic proportions. We accidentally doubled up on ingredients (save for the sparkling wine and garnishes), making for a slightly less effervescent but flavor-packed spin on an old favorite that we agreed might just top the original iteration.
Why go out for bottomless mimosas when you can do them better at home? With Summer and wedding season approaching, a DIY Champagne bar is a great way to impress your guests: just make sure to have lots of mixers, fresh fruit, specialty liqueurs, and (of course) bubbly on hand. Keep watching for our tips from choosing the right Champagne to serving — and check out our recommendations for a few extraspecial ingredients if you really want to step things up.
What happens when we combine two of our favorite things, Champagne and cupcakes? Find out when host Brandi Milloy joins Dannielle, co-owner of Sin City Cupcakes, in the kitchen to create an exclusive POPSUGAR cupcake. Watch as we learn the secret to an ethereal cupcake batter (hint: the lightness comes from two unique ingredients), then see how to build layers of fruit flavor with a tart kiwi filling and a melon-vodka-infused frosting. Check out our video, then see the recipe below.
There's no better sound at a party than the "pop" of a sparkling wine bottle. But that doesn't mean opening a bottle of bubbly isn't intimidating: if you're opening a shaken Champagne bottle, the speed of its cork can be anywhere between 28 and 50 miles per hour! Thankfully, we've got plenty of tips for keeping your bubbly cold and your party safe. If you're one of the many who fear the task, then watch our video — and never be afraid to open sparkling wine again. On Brandi: Givenchy from FORWARD by elyse walker
We'll be ringing in the new year soon, and for many of us, that means a champagne toast, or two, or three! While the average glass of champagne contains 91 calories, if you're watching your weight, try toasting with brut champagne. Brut is champagne speak for "dry" and signifies a lower sugar content, resulting in a glass of champers that only contains about 65 calories. And the drier the champagne, the better it tastes with salty and savory foods like low-calorie oysters and caviar!