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.