30 Dec 2010

AND JUST IN TIME FOR NEW YEAR ........

Champagne, for many the means of celebrating everything from the New Year to marriages to wedding anniversaries to the birth of a new baby which brings me to my wonderful news.


After a pretty grim 2010 we managed to end the year on something of a high note as yesterday (the 29th of December) myself and Husband dearest became a great-aunty (make that a REALLY GREAT aunty) and great-uncle when Niece 1 gave birth to a bouncing baby boy who weighed in at a healthy nine pounds and three and a half ounces - I'm gutted as, weighing in at ten pounds, I still hold the record for the heaviest baby born in our family.
Our love and best wishes to both mother and son.

Not one to miss the opportunity to bring you some really useless information (remember my posts on  the correct way to SHAKE HANDS, WALK IN HEELS, DRINK TEA AND, as if that wasn't enough, BE A GOOD WIFE ?) today I take a look at 'bubbly' and how to drink champagne correctly.

Champagne is considered possibly the finest drink created, but it appears that enjoyment of it rests on how you pour your glass as much as the name on the label.
A French scientist has proclaimed that there is a 'correct' way to pour champagne. Namely drinkers should pour it as they would beer - by tilting the glass.
Professor Gerard Liger-Belair and colleagues conducted tests, including using thermal images, into how much carbon dioxide was lost during the transfer from bottle to glass. - Harry Wallop, The Telegraph (click HERE for full article.)

And whilst on the subject of champagne, did you know......

The robust champagne bottle designed by the Benedictine monk Dom Pierre Perignon in the 17th century to contain the 'devil's wine' is undergoing a redesign in an attempt to cut carbon emissions?
The bottle, created to prevent secondary fermentation and 'explosions', will lose its stocky shoulders and in the process shed weight, making it more environmentally friendly.
While the changes are subtle, they are a result of months of work by glass makers, who needed to be sure the bottle could withstand the immense pressure of the bubbles. It also needed to be able to survive the four-year production process from the factory floor to cellars and then to the dining table. - Peter Allen, The Telegraph (click HERE for more.)


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17 comments:

chitra said...

What are your plans for New year?here I am planning to sit at home for a change and watch my fav. progms though I don't have much.

Misha said...

Congrats on becoming a great aunt!
Also, thank you for the very informative post on champagne bottles :D

Mary said...

Congratulations on your new great-nephew :-)

Melissa Gill said...

Congratulations on becoming a Great Aunt! What a way to bring in the New Year. In the US his first three days on earth would be able to be declared on the 2010 taxes, three days later and no dice. I don't know if they have the same thing over there.

Arti said...

Congrats to your niece and to you too!!
Have a nice day:-)

Nina said...

Congratulations. Such fun! ;) And Happy New Year!

Dizzy C said...

Congrats on the new addition to to family.
I will pass on the Champagne! :)

carol

chitra said...

Good news PW, congrats- sound nice, great aunt

NRIGirl said...

Wow! That's wonderful news! Congrats to the Great Aunt & Great Uncle! You did it!! :)

Happy 2011 to the Newborn and the rest of the family members.

GMR said...

Congratulations on the new addition! What a great way to close out the year....best wishes to one and all. ^_^

Karen said...

Congratulations to the family on the new addition and have a Happy New Year!!

The Golden Eagle said...

Congratulations! :)

Hope you have a wonderful New year!

Dorte H said...

I gave up becoming a good wife ages ago so I´ll jump straight to the champagne.

Congratulations on the new family member!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Congrats on the new little family member! Have fun with great-auntie duties! Happy New Year too!

A said...

Congratulation.

Happy New Year 2011.

(Just came back from a trip and probably missed several posts)

Kelly said...

Congratulations on your great nephew!! My husband and I are greats nine times over with three more on the way.

As for champagne... I'm not a particular fan of the stuff. I prefer the non-alcoholic sparkling grape juice or cider.

Wishing all your family and very Happy 2011!

naida said...

Congratulations!!

haha, Im not much of a champagne drinker, I prefer wine.
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