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CHAMPAGNE & Champagne Bottles
A champagne cork can pop out at as fast as 100 miles per hour! The pressure in a bottle of champagne is about three times that of a car tire. Champagne bottles are made of thicker glass to prevent them from exploding for the inside pressure.
Marilyn Monroe is supposed to have indulged in a different kind of “bubble bath” - she bathed in Champagne! It took 350 bottles to fill the tub.
There are about 49 million bubbles in a 750ml bottle of champagne.
In November 2009 local producers of champagne held 1,215,000,000 bottles of champagne in reserve. Opening that many bottles would equal the explosive energy of about 4 tons of TNT.
(Harpers Index, 11/2009)
Wine can only be labeled “champagne” if is made in the Champagne region in France. Traditionally, only Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes are used to make Champagne.
When you drink champagne, you become more intoxicated more quickly than with non-carbonated wine with the same alcohol content. There have been several recent studies that have verified this fact, checking blood alcohol levels in test subjects.. Why does this happen? No one is really sure why this is the case. One theory is that carbonated beverages pass through the stomach and into the small intestine quicker, which would speed up the rate of alcohol absorption.
CHAMPAGNE BOTTLE SIZES
• Magnum = 2 bottles
• Jeroboam = 4 bottles
• Rehoboam = 6 bottles
• Methuselah = 8 bottles
• Salmanazar = 12 bottles
• Balthazar = 16 bottles
• Nebuchadnezzar = 20 bottles