by Lisa Johnston, from Winemuse
Hands up …. who would like to be included in research into how Champagne makes you smarter? It involves having to drink Champagne…. Get in line! Me first!!!
Recently, the biochemistry researchers at Reading University, UK informed the world via the Metro UK that ‘a healthy dose of bubbly can help against brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia.’ Of course, more research has been called for, though, I confess that I have felt this for a long time. I always feel smarter after a glass of bubbles, but to be totally honest – that really is the ‘bubbles’ talking.
OK. So, according to the research it seems that Champagne improves your memory effectiveness, not your ‘smarts’ as such. However interestingly, in the same article it referred to our topic last month on the health benefits of red wine. This team say that Champagne can be as good for the heart as red wine. Possibly because it is made from a blend of red and white grapes to start with.
Still, I would love to be on that particular research panel!
What cannot be disputed though, is the fact that the pop of the cork brings a smile to the faces around you. This is because the Champagne houses have, for well over a century, invested a lot of effort into creating the association between Champagne and celebration. Whether it be celebrating a wedding or a birth, recognition of an achievement big or small, there is usually cork popping bubbles involved.
Would we go ooh! aah! if the winner of the Grand Prix sprayed Pepsi everywhere, or celebrated with a nice cup of Earl Grey in a gilded tea cup? I don’t think so!
And so with the strength of the Aussie Dollar, there is more imported sparkling wines such as Champagne, cava and Italian prosecco on our shelves and on our wine lists. Whereas in the past, Champagne has been out of reach for most of us, good Champagne can now be bought for less than $40 and if you know where & when to look less than $35.