Champagne paints the image of a celebration: people gathered together with wine glasses raised, offering a toast for whatever fits the occasion. Whether it be birthdays, weddings, graduation, fourth of July, New Year’s Ever, name it and you can expect to see a bottle of champagne chilling on the table. But what is it with this bubbly drink that it’s always present in special occasions?
The Glittery Drink
The sparkles and the fizz are two elements that make a champagne very interesting. This drink hails all the way from England – the founders of the technology not just for bottling, but also putting corks in drinks that contain carbon dioxide. Interestingly, they also discovered that putting in a good amount of sugar makes the champagne sparkle, making it the perfect drink for special events. Ergo the tinge of sweetness in most champagnes.
A Bubbly Story
It all goes back to aristocratic Europe, with its royal courts and luxurious parties. The champagne became a staple in secular rituals (which replaced religious rituals) after the French Revolution. The presence of the expensive, light colored, sparkly drink was seen as a status symbol. It was also believed to positively affect the beauty of a woman and the wit of a man. Opening the bottle was a ceremony in itself: people eagerly waited for someone to grab the champagne saber and whip the cork until they can hear the pop!
A Global Drinking Phenomenon
The bubbly beverage became a hit worldwide back in the 19th century. At present, and as mentioned earlier, the champagne is used to celebrate special moments in our lives. It is smashed against newly built houses or ships for safe travels, or opened with a saber champagne before a toast. In some countries, champagne glasses are thrown on the floor during weddings to wish the newly wed couple the best of luck.
Treat for the Senses
It is said, that a memory stays with you for a long time if all of your senses are present in the experience. A champagne saber offers a visual treat, you hear the cork pop out and you feel the curves of the bottle, and the content is something you can smell and taste. There is something metaphoric about seeing it in events, to the point that it feels empty without it.
More often than not, the act of using saber champagne to open the bottle is enough to symbolize a celebration. As a matter of fact, there are instances wherein the contents are not consumed. An excellent example would be in sports events, where the champagne is poured on the athletes once it’s opened. In some instances, they shake the bottle to create a fountain of champagne. It may seem like a waste of money for some, but that’s the beauty of champagnes. It is so symbolic that the image will stay with you regardless of whether you drink it, display it, or play with it.