Contrary to the classic song in Gigi “The Night They Invented Champagne,” bubbly was not created on one particular night, nor was the monk Dom Perignon solely responsible for its creation. But bubbly was born in Champagne, France at the end of the 17th Century and for the longest time people considered this frothy wine a mistake. In fact, those instrumental in champagnes’ beginnings, were not amused by the fizz and did everything they could to tame it.
The unassailable sparkle was a result of Champagne’s cool temperatures which would halt fermentation in the fall and unleash it again in the spring when the wines warmed up.
When the winemakers couldn’t win their war with the bubble, they decided to make peace with it, and ultimately celebrate it.