Champagne Bubbles “Please the Palette”

The Wall Street Journal recently published an interesting article about champagne bubbles.

According to the article, researchers at Columbia University found that carbonated bubbles (in sparkling wine, soda and beer) “activate our taste buds” and spray droplets of aromatic chemicals into the air.

In addition, bubbles actually mix the beverage, which can affect its scent and flavor.  Bubbles absorb aromatic compounds from the liquid as they rise, and this constant convection of bubbles adds to the flavor of the beverage.

The shape of the champagne glass can affect how thoroughly bubbles mix the beverage.  Bubbles appeared to mix champagne more completely in a narrow flute than in a coupe (a broader, more shallow glass.)

So when you break out the Dom on New Year’s Eve, pour the bubbly into flutes – and don’t miss the fragrant mist at the surface of the flute as the bubbles explode!

For this reason, it’s important to enjoy champagne in a glass with

and narrow flutes are recommended to ensure thorough

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