Champagne Was Created By Accident, And We Have Mother Nature To Thank

December 31, 2014 12:00 PM

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But the drink wasn't always the crème de la crème. Just as lobster was once regarded as a poor man's food, Champagne was considered a result of careless winemaking. In the 1400s, capricious temperature changes in Europe infringed on the fermentation process. "The cold temporarily halted fermentation, the process by which wine is made," Marina Koren writes in Smithsonian Magazine. "When spring arrived with warmer temperatures, the budding spirits began to ferment again. This produced an excess of carbon dioxide inside wine bottles, giving the liquid inside a fizzy quality."

The weather-induced effervescence was initially met with disdain. Bottles of the accidental bubbly would continuously explode and the flawed drink was deemed unacceptable by many. But in the same way lobster came to be a divine delicacy, the twice-fermented wine transformed from a spoiled drink into...

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