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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Greetings Infomaniacs,

This weekend on New Year's Eve the champagne will flow more freely than water, and if you are going to impress your friends and loved ones you had better know what you are talking about when it comes to the "bubbly".

Enjoy!

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector. It encourages a man to be expansive, even reckless, while lie detectors are only a challenge to tell lies successfully."

HINT: (1904 - 1991) an English novelist regarded by some as one of the great writers of the 20th century, who acquired a reputation as a major writer, both of serious Catholic novels, and of thrillers, such as The Power and the Glory, The Quiet American, and The Human Factor.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

First; the subtle difference between sparkling wine and champagne. There is none. The only difference is that authentic 'champagne' comes from the Champagne region of France. But as far as alcohol content, production, etc... it's the exact same stuff.

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Here's the important part. Do you want a champagne that is more dry or sweet? That all depends on your preference, of course. But after you've polished off a few dozen bottles and you know what you like... this is a list of the common names you will find on Champagne labels, from driest to sweetest:

*Extra Brut, Brut Sauvage, Ultra Brut, Brut Integral, Brut Zero *Brut *Extra Dry, Extra Sec *Sec *Demi-Sec *Doux

Brut is the most popular style, and often, the best grapes are reserved for Bruts.

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And finally...Bottle size! Because sparkling wine should be consumed when it is opened, size matters.

Champagne comes in "splits" -- perfect for one or two -- all the way to the enormous Nebuchadnezzar (508 fluid ounces).

If you want more volume than just a single bottle will afford you can get the showy magnums (nearly 51 ounces, or two bottles), or...

Jeroboam (4 bottles)

Balthazar (16 bottles).




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector. It encourages a man to be expansive, even reckless, while lie detectors are only a challenge to tell lies successfully."

ANSWER: Graham Greene

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