Why you should drink more Champagne

Economist John Maynard Keynes once said that his only regret in life was that he “did not drink more Champagne."

Understandable.  Too many of us save it for special occasions.

But talk to your sommeliers and ask them what’s the first thing they pour after a long day at the “office.”  Yep.  Champagne.

Why? Because it cleanses your palate and your day, says Belinda Chang, Champagne educator at Moët & Chandon.

And that’s exactly what she did.  She educated me.

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Did you know that with the right stopper, you can re-cork Champagne once its open?

Did you know it is made from a different grapes, like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and/or Pinot Meunier.

And since champagne is actually a wine, it should be served in a white wine glass.

The Champagne we know and love comes exclusively from the Champagne region of France and claims the honor of being the most famous of the sparkling wines (which I tend to agree).

Bubbly from all other regions in the world are simply referred to as "sparkling wine," though every region has its fancy name. Spain's is called Cava, and Italy's bubbles come in Prosecco and Moscato d'Asti.

But champagne is a wine, so serve it as such.

Chang is a James Beard Award-winning sommelier who has done it all in the wine world, from creating global wine lists that won awards from Food & Wine Magazine and the Wine Spectator to penning the wine notes for famous cook books, including the late Charlie Trotter’s Meat and Game.

But her heart now is deep in a bottle of bubbly.  And thankfully, she brought four from Moët & Chandon  with her the day I had the pleasure of meeting her: the Impérial Brut, the Imperial Rosé Brut,  2004 Grand Vintage Brut and the 2004 Grand Vintage Rosé Brut.

All fabulous but I have to admit -- I’m loving the pink stuff these days.

So while you may not agree with Keynes’ economic theory, you really can’t argue with his thoughts on champagne.

Don’t live life with regret like he did. Drink more champagne.

Cent’ Anni