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The Art of Seduction. Pink Bubbles

T. Edward Wines, New York Wine importer/distributor, An Affair To Remember, Billecart-Salmon Rose Champagne

From the outset of An Affair to Remember, it’s pink champagne that sets the scene of seduction with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr.

At the start of the film, Grant’s Nickie Ferrante, “the master in the art of making love – the man who knows how to love them and leave them happy”, says to Kerr’s Terry McKay, the woman of his affection -“Now is there any reason why from now on, this trip shouldn’t be like pink champagne?”

Seeking to live every moment like Champagne (with bubbles that pop-pop-pop), Emile Zola’s Nana enjoys playing the bon vivant.  Fancying herself a courtesan of class, Nana indulges her whims and guests with bottles of Champagne that help bring her admirers to their knees with a bat of her lash.

“She was listening to his proposals and continually refusing them with shakes of the head and that temptress’s laughter which is peculiar to a voluptuous blonde.  The champagne she had been drinking had flushed her a rosy-red; her lips were moist; her eyes sparkled, and the banker’s offers rose with every kittenish movement of her shoulders, with every little voluptuous lift and fall of her throat, which occurred when she turned her head.  Close by her ear he kept espying a sweet little satiny corner which drove him crazy.”  Nana, Emile Zola

champagne-nana

With pop-culture associations that date back to the French aristocrats, it was then the left breast of either Marie Antoinette or Madame de Pompadour that was (falsely) said to inspire the shape and fill of the original coupe glass.  And while the Industrial Revolution saw the advent of Champagne being marketed to women as the beverage of celebrated romance, it was the 1960’s when “Girls will be boys and boys will be girls” that Ray Davies of The Kinks sang, “We drank Champagne and danced all night/ Under electric candle light/ She picked me up and sat me on her knee/ and said ‘Dear boy won’t you come home with me?'” Lola.

When Casanova enticed the ladies of his passion with bubbles, he was looking to initiate intimacy by opening the gates that lead one lover to another, heightening awareness, pleasure and reception with Champagne — the complimentary conqueror of all of one’s five senses.  As a love potion / elixir, Champagne tickles more than the palate.  In The Healing Power of Champagne by Dr. Tran Ky and Francois Drouard, the authors write: “The effect of Champagne seems to be directly tied to its speedy action on the hypothalamus, where the amplified release of all sorts of hormones, notably dopamine’s and sexual hormones, takes place.”

The bubbles rise from the center base of the coup, flute or tulip glass–over ten million bubbles per glass popping in your mouth, releasing alcohol into the blood stream with a kick, setting the scene for whatever might come next…

T. Edward Wines, New York wine importer/distributor, pink bubbles

There are approximately 5L of CO2 in every bottle; tens of millions of bubbles that rise through the glass and release.  In an article on Live Science, Stephanie Papas writes: “In research published in 2009, scientists found that each Champagne bubble carries tens of aromatic compounds – compounds that appear in heavier concentrations in bubbles than in liquid Champagne itself.”

Dirler-Cade Crémant d’Alsace Extra Brut Rosé 2011. Organic/Biodynamic viticulture. Indigenous yeast. Red fruit and mineral notes.

Billecart-Salmon Rosé Champagne NV.  From the chalky terroir of Côte des Blancs.  With aromas of wild strawberries.

Avinyo Cava Brut Rosé Penedes NV.  Pinot Noir from the chalky calcaerous soils of Penedes.  Bright red fruits, toast and light spice.

Pink Champagne, as good as wine can be

Pink Champagne, as good as wine can be

Pink Champagne has made her, uh, love me

-Sam Cooke “Pink Champagne”

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