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Chelsie Pickard
 
December 17, 2019 | Chelsie Pickard

Why We Drink Sparkling Wine During Celebrations

 
The act of popping bottles to celebrate is nothing new. We drink bubbly to ring in the new year, toast a bride and groom, or to commemorate an achievement. You may have even purchased a bottle of our Bella Rossa or Ruidoso Bubbly for the occasion. But have you ever wondered why this is the norm?
 

It’s important to first understand what sparkling wine is and how it’s categorized before we can answer this question. Most of us think of immediately think of champagne when we think of sparkling wine. But for a wine to truly be a champagne,  it must come from the Champagne region in France. There is also a specific method to winemaking in Champagne, where bubbles are created during a “second fermentation” that occurs in the bottle.
 
This was initially thought to be a flaw of the wine, but once producers tasted it they found that it was delicate, refreshing, and crisp. It then became thought of as a high-class beverage, flipping the origins of the once “ruined” beverage on its head in the 15o0s. Other sparkling wines on the market are made by adding carbon dioxide under pressure in large tanks. This is the more affordable method out of the two. However, it took nearly a century for chemists to uncover the right amount of sugar to avoid an explosion when making sparkling wine. 
 
After this process was perfected, European royal courts began drinking it at parties as the supreme mark of sophistication. Sparkling wine was even marketed to have positive effects on the consumer’s wit and beauty. 

Once sparkling wine became a luxury, it was used to christen ships, celebrate the joining of families at weddings, or during religious events such as baptisms. The late 1960s winner of the Le Mans race is thought to be the first to celebrate his win with champagne, an act that many athletes participate in after a win today. 
Sparkling wine’s cultural significance throughout history makes it the perfect celebratory wine. The pop of the cork symbolizes an end and a beginning that everyone can relate to. When you crack open a bottle of bubbly, it overflows much like our happiness during special occasions. 
 Get some Bella or some Bubbly to celebrate the NEW YEAR!
 
🍾 Sparkling Wine 🥂

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