Wednesday, September 26, 2007

A Cork Gone Wild!

This is something that happened to my Dad many years ago in Michigan. He used to bartend at a popular restaurant/bar called The Lindenhoff in Bay City. One super busy night, someone came up to the bar and ordered a glass of champagne. In true bartender style, my Dad pulled off the foil and wire wrapper and proceeded to remove the cork. It must have been a loose one because right when he touched it, the cork popped off and went sailing across the room full of people enjoying their dinners! Since it was very crowded, he wasn't quite sure of where it landed and could only hope for the best. It WAS kinda' funny. A few minutes later, a rather disgruntled gentleman approached the bar. My Dad took one look and he just knew … The man was sporting a perfectly-shaped, red cork-bump right in the middle of his forehead. Yep, it hit him – square in the face. This began a chain reaction of laughter and onlookers started cracking up. Ultimately, the man had his steak on the house that night, AND a bottle of bubbly.

Champagne Facts from the Blondes:
  • Champagne is a type of sparkling wine which is only grown in the French region of Champagne. America has its own version of Champagne as well, because of a loophole in the patent. However, American brands must mention the region they were produced in, on the bottle label.

  • There are 49 million bubbles in a regular bottle of Champagne. Large bubbles are considered extremely unsightly and are not the mark of good quality Champagne. The tinier the bubble the better. (So size DOES matter!)

  • Marilyn Monroe (the most amazing blonde) once filled up her tub with 350 bottles of Champagne and took a long, luxurious bath in it. It was said that she drank and breathed Champagne as if it were oxygen.

  • A Nebuchadnezzar represents the largest quantity of a Champagne serving. One Nebuchadnezzar is equal to 20 bottles! A Magnum is equal to only two bottles while a Split equals one-forth of a bottle.

  • Champagnes are synonymous with toasts, and a beautiful lady was acknowledged by everyone toasting to her and clanging their glasses. This is why she was known as the toast of the town, in the 1800s. (She was probably a Blonde!)

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