Are you a trivia junkie?  If so, this post is perfect for you.  These fun champagne facts will come in handy as you’re popping the bubbly at all of your holiday celebrations.  

As you well know if you have been a part of this community for a while, I love all things bubbly.  And we do share a whole lot of fun recipes and bottle recommendations, but we also love to educate on bubbly as well.  

As a former teacher, I love to teach (you can take me out of the classroom, but….). And I find the whole process so very interesting.  So naturally, I felt the need to share what I think are the most interesting and fun champagne facts.

Trivia is not something I am great at, but back in my teaching days, I had a guest everyday during social studies by the name of Trivia Phil.  Trivia Phil happens to be the father of my bubblyologist nephews.  Trivia Phil would email a random trivia question everyday and my students were given the opportunity to answer.  Trivia Phil was never allowed to miss a day as it was the highlight of the day for sure.

So, I can only hope that Trivia Phil would approve of these fun champagne facts…and probably has a few more to add, but these are some good ones.  

10 Fun Champagne Facts

  • Corks fly out of the bottle at speeds up to 65 mph.

Can you imagine getting hit by a cork at that speed?  This is why my first lesson is always never to point a bottle at someone.  Once that cage is loosened, that cork can blow at any moment.

  • There are approximately 1 million bubbles in your champagne flute.
Champagne Facts:  Bubbles escape the second you pop the cork!  But if you want to keep you bubbly bubbly the longest, drink it from a flute.
  • The pressure inside a bottle is like being 40m under water.
  • In the early years it was referred to as the “Devil’s Wine” because wine makers would go to their cellars to see the corks had blown off and they believed it was the spirits.
  • Marilyn Monroe took a bath in champagne and it took 350 bottles. 
  • Each second champagne emits 30 bubbles.
Champagne Facts:  Each second your glass of champagne emits 30 bubbles.

This is why your glass makes such a big difference when enjoying that glass of bubbly. 

  • According to research, 1-3 glasses of champagne weekly can help prevent memory loss.

Sadly this research has not been done on humans yet.  I was working with the Alzheimer’s Association last year and asked them about this study and they verified it was only done on rats and there’s no real evidence that it works on humans.  But I say, it’s worth a shot to give it a try! 

  • The longest distance traveled by a cork is approximately 59 yards.

You know my bubblyologists, right?  My 2 nephews who I have taught all the fun tricks like opening bubbly, creating bubbly mocktails and, of course, how to saber a bottle of bubbly…well, we tried to beat this record on a warm summer day.

Champagne Facts:  The farthest cork has flown 35 yards...naturally we had to try to beat the record.

We tried all sorts of tricks like keeping the bottles in the sun and shaking them before popping them, but unfortunately the furthers distance was about 20 yards.  We definitely have some work to do.

  • You’re more likely to be killed by a stray champagne cork than by being bitten by a poisonous spider.
  •  49 people die each year from popping a bottle of bubbly incorrectly and shooting the cork directly at their head.  

This is why it makes me crazy when people don’t know how to open a bottle of bubbly the proper way.  Repeat after me:  Twist the bottle, not the cork!  And always hold it at a 45 degree angle pointed away from everyone.

Champagne Facts:  opening the bottle of bubbly the wrong way can result in death.

Want more?  

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With the holidays approaching and more and more bottles being popped, I often get questions about calories and sugar in sparkling wine.  Well, here are your answers.  

And if you need recipes for your holiday get togethers, we always share them on Bubbly Side of Life on Instagram and on Pinterest.