Not celebration is complete with a bottle of bubbles and our selection of champagne includes the best available, all at the lowest price. Our online alcohol store isn't like your regular bottle-o. Every day is a specials day at Boozebud. By price matching all of the lowest prices found anywhere in Australia, we guarantee that you are always going to get the lowest price on absolutely everything that we have to offer. And, that is a lot.
We are the largest supplier of craft beer varieties including IPA beer, pilsner, alcoholic ginger beer, stout beer and more. We deliver the best in beer, wine and spirits offering you alcohol delivery to your door Australia-wide. If you enjoy a liqueur or a sweet dessert wine, or if you are a fan of rum, whiskey, brandy, cognac, pisco, tequila and mezcals then you have come to the right place. We have collected the best and most well-known brands and beverages from all over the world and you can order right now from the comfort of your own home.
For anyone looking for premium champagne or sparkling wine, including sparkling rose, then we have you covered. Choose from the best France has to offer, browse our selection of Italian Prosecco, pick an Australian bottle of bubbly or stick with the best known favourites like Dom Perignon.
What is champagne?
Although made in the Champagne region of France, it was actually the Romans who first brought wine to the French. Admittedly, that was in about 5th Century and by 987 AD, the French kings had a pale and pinkish still white wine they made from pinot noir synonymous with the region. Still wine was exactly what winemakers were specifically looking for, right up and into the seventeenth centuries. Bubbles were actually considered to be a flaw or fault in the winemaking process and winemakers throughout the region were horrified to discover them.
The bubbles were a by-product of what was believed to be a dodgy fermentation process. Unlike in other areas of France, the Champagne region could get quite cold which played havoc with the fermentation process. The yeast strains used would lie dormant, pausing fermentation, when temperatures dipped below particularly ideal weather. The wine would be bottled from the cask, before fermentation was actually complete, and when the weather warmed up again and the remaining yeast in the wine bottle woke up and started fermenting again, carbon dioxide would start to release. With nowhere to escape to, the gas would continue to build in the inferior glass bottles, eventually causing them to explode under the pressure.
Despite the fact that famous winemakers like the Benedictine monk, Dom Perignon, were still trying to rid their wine of unwanted bubbles, English aristocrats were developing a taste for them. By the early eighteenth century bubbly champagne was considered a favourite amongst the higher classes in France but how it was made and how to control it was still a bit of a mystery. Where there is a profit to be made, there is usually a way to be found and by the middle of the nineteenth century the biggest names in champagne today had got it sussed. Makers and brands including Krug, Bollinger, Mumm and Moet were firmly established and champagne was considered the preferred beverage by the very rich and the very elite.
It involved a very precise recipe of sugar content to ensure the fermentation could be completed in two phases and generate the required bubbles while in the bottle, and it required a particular type of bottle that could withstand the pressure building up within it. Before the use of coalfired glass bottles from England, French wineries would habitually lose between 20 and 90% of their bottles as one explosion offered caused a chain reaction in the surrounding ones. Even with the recipe worked out and the bottles changed to stronger glass that could withstand the pressurised gas, there was still the problem of sediment collecting in the bottle after the second fermentation. The sediment would often leave the wine cloudy and could disrupt the flavour. The house of Veuve Cliquot developed a process called riddling in the early nineteenth century whereby that sediment could be collected in the neck of the bottle and ejected using with the pressure of wine. Although they tried to keep it secret for as long as possible, riddling eventually got out. By the 1850s, champagne was so popular that it was averaging sales of about 20 million bottles per year.
Then Prohibition and two world wars happened, essentially turning the fields of champagne grapes in battlefields and the beverage fell into decline. It wasn't until the 1950's that sales and popularity for the drink picked up again and it has returned to full splendour as the preferred beverage for celebrations, associated with expensive luxury, special occasions and regularly toasted at a wedding.
How many glasses of champagne in a bottle?
A standard bottle of champagne is 750ml and contains six large glasses or stretched to eight toasting champagne flutes.
Does champagne go off?
Once opened the carbon dioxide gas responsible for giving this signature beverage its distinctive bubbles will escape. There are varying methods for keeping the bubbles as long as possible including the old tea spoon trick. The idea is to create an air pressure seal of colder air at the top of the bottle to help depress the gas and keep it inside the bottle. The evidence for its success is mostly anecdotal and the amount of bubbles retained in an open bottle will mostly depend on how it is stored. If it is recorked and kept lying on a shelf with as little agitation as possible, then a good bottle of champagne should retain some fizz for a couple of days.
If you've opened a bottle at a birthday party, then the best way for it to retain its flavour and fizz is if it's kept in ice for as long as possible. Store the bottle in a bucket of ice when it isn't being liberally poured into happy revellers' glasses and flutes.
How many calories in a glass of champagne?
The number of calories in your champagne flute will depend on the type you're drinking. Most champagne averages about 90 calories per glass with Laurent Perrier's Ultra Brut coming in at just 60 calories per flute. It's generally thought that the bubbles also help you to consume less.
Champagne makes for excellent gifts, ready to be opened and enjoyed immediately, or kept for even more special occasions. Perfect for an indulgent breakfast and added to orange juice for the classic Mimosa, this beautiful and versatile wine comes in a range of styles and colours to suit every palate, event and drinker. Varieties include rose champagne, originally called pink champagne' and a cheap variety made for the US but now a much loved and adored variety made with the blending of red wine to ensure consistent and reproducible colour for every bottle.
Choose from the broad variety of vintage champagne makers and nouveau sparkling wine producers from around the world at Boozebud. Get your order delivered to your door in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and everywhere else in between. We are always improving our delivery times.
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