the sips diary

post 4 – who invented the sparkling wine

thesipsdiary.com, pages 23-24, who inveted sparkling wine

thesipsdiary.com – pages 23-24

The most famous story is that the French monk Dom Perignon invented the champagne in 1697, which is considered as the first sparkling wine. However, contrary to the popular belief, though a very capable person with a natural talent for wines, Dom Perignon did not invent the champagne. He surely contributed to the sparking style with a lot of improvements like for example the blending of different vintages but could not be credited as the sole inventor of this style. Recently was discovered a paper dated 1662 , where the Gloucester doctor Christopher Merret described in details the experiments of English coopers who added sugar to still wine to make them sparkle. 35 years earlier plus with a written evidence – hard to contest it.

Even if we assume that Dom Perignon created the style in a natural way, whilst doctor Merret documented its artificial production still there are a lot of other factors which like the butterfly effect one by one led to its appearance as a final product on the global market. And what a product! A Fine Art! So, with all our respect to whoever was its creator, let’s welcome it at our table and simply enjoy it.

thesipsdiary.com, pages 25-26, who invented sparkling wine

thesipsdiary.com – pages 25-26

The illustrations on page 25 are from the book “A History of Champagne”by Henry Vizetelly, part of the Project Gutenberg Free Online Library.