Champagne & Sparkling Wine /11.5% ABV / Champagne, France
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Black Label's brilliant color recalls the characteristic straw tones of the Pinot Noir, with glints of amber. It is lively in the flute, with a fine stream of persistent bubbles. Its fresh aromas combine the impression of vitality and spring-time scents, together with hints of toast and honey. On the palate, bouquets of ripe fruits and citrus create a sensation of opulence yet lightness.
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In the US, it is typically referred to as sparkling wine or California champagne. In Italy it is prosecco. In Spain they call it cava, and in Portugal it is espumante.
The average glass of Champagne is around 12% ABV (alcohol by volume) and usually comes in a four ounce serving, which means you'll get six full servings from a standard 750ml bottle.
Try adding a splash of juice like lemon, orange, or even cranberry to spice up cheaper Champagne. Elderflower liqueur is an ideal mixer for flavorful drinks, or you can add Chambord for a Kir Royale. Another possibility is to throw in a sugar cube, bitters and an orange peel for a classy, simple cocktail.
Generally, the recommendation is to serve Champagne between 46°F and 50°F, but with certain wines you can let it warm up a tad more to bring out some additional flavors. You can either let it warm up in the glass, or get the bottle out of the fridge 20-30 minutes before serving if you'd like a slightly warmer temperature.
Standard white wine rules apply - keep it out of bright light, in a cool place where temperatures are as consistent as possible. For some that means a dedicated wine fridge or climate controlled cellar, but for most people just storing it in a dark closet or basement should be fine, especially if you're not planning to age it too long. For storage less than a month, it is fine for the bottles to be standing up, but plan to lay them down in a rack if you're storing it for any longer.