1. The Serving Glass Matters. “If you are drinking champagne (and in some cases, other high-quality sparkling wine) in a flute, you might be missing out!” Belinda warns. “The complex aromas, texture, flavors and finish of a long-cellared wine are best enjoyed in a proper wineglass. You are, in essence, drinking a fine chardonnay—give the wine some space and increase your drinking pleasure.”
2. Champagne Pairs Well With Everything. Wondering which wine will pair well with every course, appetizer through dessert? “Champagne and other sparkling wines work with the entire tasting menu,” says Belinda. Her pick? “A richer pinot-noir-based style like Yellow Label from Veuve Clicquot can act just like a glass of pinot with your grilled salmon, roast chicken, smothered pork chops, or lacquered duck.”
3. Champagnes Don’t Need to Be Aged Like Wine. Saving that bottle of nice champagne you received as a gift for a “special” occasion? No need: “Most sparkling wines are designed to be consumed on release—from the wine store to your fridge and then into your glass. Though champagnes can certainly change, evolve, and improve with time, the champagne houses have already done the work for you: By law, a non-vintage (blend of grapes and wines from several different harvest years) has to be aged for a minimum of 15 months (for a vintage champagne, three years).