Can You Tell Champagne From Soda by the Sound of The Bubbles Alone?

“Sound is the forgotten flavor sense,” says experimental psychologist Charles Spence. At his lab at Oxford University in England, he manipulates sound in ways that transform our experience of food and drink, making stale potato chips taste fresh, adding the sensation of cream to black coffee, or boosting the savory, peaty notes in whiskey.

Source: Can You Tell Champagne From Soda by the Sound of The Bubbles Alone?

Cool read, the article includes audio files to try out.

170-year-old Champagne Provides Clues to Past Winemaking

Divers discovered bottles in a shipwreck off the Finnish Aland archipelago in the Baltic Sea in 2010. After tasting the bottles on site, the divers realized they were likely drinking century-old champagne. Soon after, 168 unlabeled bottles were retrieved and were identified as champagnes from the Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin (VCP), Heidsieck, and Juglar (known as Jacquesson since 1832) champagne houses. A few of the recovered bottles had been lying horizontal in close-to-perfect slow aging conditions.

Discovery of these wines, likely the oldest ever tasted, unleashed a flood of questions. When were these wines produced? What winemaking processes were in use at the time? Where was the wine going when the shipwreck occurred?

Source: 170-year-old champagne provides clues to past winemaking

It does not sound delicious. It sounds more like “It’s sweet and fruity (Just like every grape wine ever) but with a burnt-like aftertaste”.  Maybe I’m not cut out for the mad-science career path?  Sure I am! I would just require a large team of minions unpaid interns to delegate tasks to!

It’s not the oldest wine ever tasted by any means, but could be the oldest (or close to the oldest) Champagne.  Champagne wasn’t heavily produced until the early 19th century, so there wouldn’t be all that many possible remaining bottles in circulation.  Early champagne was also notoriously unstable, and bottles often exploded from pressure, before mid-19th century improvements in glassmaking and corking.  Low production + high volatility means that its unlikely for there to be too many bottles lying around from before the 19th century.

Prosecco: Italian Alternative to Champagne

Though a critic will bristle at the over-simplification, prosecco is basically just Italy’s version of the pretentious French fizzy stuff. It differs from champagne in a few important ways…

Source: Just Drink Prosecco

Or try moscato d’asti…  The important part is to find what you like.

Standard disclaimer: Alcohol is addictive, laden with empty calories, and socially complex. Be careful™.

Cooking: Non-Alcoholic Substitutes for Alcohol in Recipes

[The] following is a general list of non-alcoholic substitutes that can be used when cooking with alcohol is simply not an option. Choose the option that best matches the flavor of the dish you are making

Source: Alcohol Substitutions in Cooking

Worth taking a look at if you or someone you know needs to avoid alcohol but retain the flavour and enjoyment.  That doesn’t mean just alcoholics – expecting mothers?