It’s bubbly season and, yes, that means its time to bone up on bubbles. Take our pop quiz and share it with your fellow late night revelers on New Year’s Eve.
1. What is the best shaped glass or glasses to play up the complex aromas in bubbly?
A. The coupe, which according to legend, is the glass shaped like Marie Antoinette’s left breast.
B. The flute, because it’s best at preserving those delightful bubbles.
C. The wide tulip or a white wine glass –– take your pick.
D. B and C.
2. What can you do with flat bubbly?
A. Toss it out, even if your friends accuse you of having an uppity palate.
B. Make a boozy drink with it. Who doesn’t like a spritzy sangria?
C. Use it as a face toner, a hair rinse, or mix it with a little clay and voila, you have a face mask.
D. All of the above.
3. Why is Champagne more expensive than Prosecco?
A. Champagne is made in the Champagne region of France, while Prosecco is produced in Italy’s Veneto district.
B. Champagne is made in the expensive traditional method, while Prosecco is made in the inexpensive tank method.
C. Hold tight –– Alexa is researching this.
D. A and B.
4. How do you determine quality in Champagne?
A. Dryness versus sweetness
B. Complexity, pinpoint bubbles and crisp acidity.
C. The loudness and intensity of the “pop” when it opens
D. None of the above.
5. Who are some of the best known champagne drinkers from history?
A. Sir Winston Churchill, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Napoleon Bonaparte.
B. Coco Chanel, Madame de Pompadour, Charles Dickens.
C. Lord Byron, Honore de Balzac, Oscar Wilde.
D. All of the above.
6. What is a riddler?
A. A person in a traditional sparkling wine house who twists –– by hand –– as many as 40,000 bottles of bubbly every day.
B. A riddler is a person who turns the bottles to move the sediment toward the cork.
C. The name of a DC Comics villain, who is Batman’s adversary.
D. A and B
7. Was bubbly a mistake?
B. Yes. Those instrumental in Champagne’s beginnings, were not amused by the fizz and did everything they could to tame it.
C. No. The drink was made to take advantage of Champagne’s cool temperatures which would halt fermentation in the fall and unleash it again in the spring when the wines warmed up.
D. No one really knows how it started.
8. How can you make sure you’re buying top rate bubbly?
A. Only buy French Champagne.
B. Look for this wording on the label: “Traditional method” or “fermented in this bottle.”
C. Look for bottles $100 and up.