It has been said that a bottle of champagne contains at least 40 million bubbles. Bubbles it would seem, that were created more by accident than design. Like so many inventions, inadvertent errors are often the genesis of great ideas.

Champagne gets its name from the region in northeast France where it was first made. Many credit the Benedictine monk, Dom Perignon with its invention. In fact he worked hard to develop techniques to eliminate the bubbles rather than encourage them. The cold winters would halt the fermentation of the wine. Then as spring approached, the dormant yeast cells would awaken, restarting the fermentation process. The fragile glass bottles used at the time could not withstand the pressure, causing the bottles to explode. It was a costly and frustrating problem.

The story goes that on one occasion, a shipment of still wine was sent from France to England, but as the weather was warm, the wine continued to ferment in the oak barrels, arriving with bubbles. Once in London, the sparkling wine was bottled and distributed. The English enjoyed it so much they started to demand more, encouraging its production.

English glass was a lot stronger than French glass. So began the English contribution to champagne. Without English glass, bottles could not have been made to withstand the pressure. It was also an Englishman that figured out what was causing the wine to sparkle and how to control the process.

Today sparkling wines are made all over the world, although only French wine makers from the Champagne region are allowed to call it ‘champagne’. No doubt you have enjoyed celebrating a special occasion with a glass or two (or more) of champagne. Perhaps you have even had the good fortune to drink some of the famous French champagnes, like Moet and Chandon’s Dom Perignon.

Champagne is reputed to give the worst hangover of all alcoholic beverages. It’s all those bubbles, you see. All the carbon dioxide in sparkling wine helps the alcohol absorb more completely and swiftly in the body. One of the best ways to prevent a hangover is to use BioRevive’s Hydrodol. It can be taken as you drink, or alternatively immediately the morning after. Remember to also drink water between drinks so that you keep your body hydrated.

Votre santé! (That’s French for Good Health)