Dom Pierre Pérignon (c. 1638–14th September 1715) was a Benedictine monk frequently credited (erroneously) with the invention of champagne, though the Méthode champenoise was developed by him. The famous cuvée of champagne Dom Pérignon is named after him.Continue Reading
Cava is a Spanish sparkling wine – Spain´s equivalent to champagne. However, in 1970, the European Union banned the use of the word Champagne, except when used to describe the sparkling wine produced in that small area of France.
Cava was first produced by José Raventos in 1872, giving it the name of Codorniu – in honour of his ancestors. Although Codorniu is the oldest producer of cava, in 1914 another family estate started to produce a cava called Feixenet.
There is much rivalry between the two groups!
At the moment, their sales in Spain are equal but – in the export market – Freixenet leads the way!
August 4th 1693 Dom Perignon invents champagne
Through August 4, 2006, the Boston Beer Company has repurchased a cumulative total of approximately 7.8 million shares of its Class A Common Stock for an aggregate purchase price of $92.6 million, and had $7.4 million remaining on the $100.0 million share buyback expenditure limit set by the Board of Directors.
The Boston Beer Company is America’s leading brewer of handcrafted, full-flavored beers. Founder and Brewer, Jim Koch, brews Samuel Adams beers using the time-honored, traditional four-vessel brewing process, and the world’s finest all-natural ingredients. With over 18 distinctive, award-winning styles of beer, Samuel Adams offers discerning beer drinkers a variety of brews. The brewery has won more awards in international beer-tasting competitions in the last five years than any other brewery in the world. Samuel Adams Brewery is an independent brewery and has half of a percent of the domestic beer market. The Company’s flagship brand, Samuel Adams Boston Lager, is brewed using the same recipe and processes that Jim Koch’s great-great grandfather used in the mid 1800s. The result is a beer renowned by drinkers for its full flavor, balance, complexity, and consistent quality.
The world’s first beer health centre has opened in the cellar of a family brewery in the Czech Republic.
The Czech Republic has it’s own beer spa. The Chodovar Family brewery in Chodova Plana offers beer baths, beer massages and beer cosmetics. At a cost of 550,- CZK you can rejuvenate in a warm bath mixture of mineral water and dark bathing beer enriched by active beer yeast and a mixture of dry crushed herbs including hops. The many positive effects include herbs with a beneficial effect on skin peeling, B vitamins absorbed into the skin and regenerative sugars and proteins.
József Törley (10th January 1858 – 28th July 1907). Törley established one of the most successful brands of sparkling wine outside of the French Champagne region in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the 19th century, production of champagne style sparkling wines became popular in Europe and rapidly spread across the continent. In 1882, a new champagne producing house emerged in Budafok, Hungary under the name of József Törley and Co.
József Törley was born in Csantavér, Hungary, in the municipality of Szabadka which is now in modern-day Serbia. While studying at the Academy of Trade in Graz, Austria, Törley met Theophilus de Roederer, grandson of Louis de Roederer and son of Louis de Roederer II. Theophilus, heir to the Roederer winery, invited Törley to Reims, France to learn the production of champagne. In the 1870s Törley apprenticed in Reims; at first for the Roederer plant and later for Delbeck and as a result, he became very knowledgeable about champagne production. In Reims, Törley set up his own champagne factory and began to bottle. He would buy base wine from local French producers and then proceed to turn the base wine into champagne.
Upon one of his base wine acquisition trips to Budafok, Hungary, Törley realized that the conditions there were perfect for the production of sparkling wine. Törley determined that the soils of Budafok, more closely than anywhere else in Europe, resembled the chalky limestone soil extant in the Champagne region of France which was necessary for producing the characteristics in the base wine of champagne. In 1882, Törley moved his factory from Reims to Budafok and proceeded to replicate every aspect of the champagne production he had learned in France, including the methods used to grow grapes at his vineyards in Etyek, Hungary. Törley also had 45 miles worth of cellars carved out of Budafok’s limestone hills to ensure the uniform temperature required for maintaining the quality of the wine throughout production. Törley’s quarried limestone went into the construction of Hungary’s Parliament which, upon completion in 1904, was the largest building on earth.
Törley was apparently successful from the start. In 1882, after the first production of champagne in Hungary, he wrote, “With great diligence and persistence I succeeded in producing something far superior to the Champagne sparkling wines known so far.” Törley continuously developed his winery and the production technology, and introduced refrigerative disgorging in Hungary.
28th July 2006 Beam Wine Estates, a leading super-premium US wine company, and Lion Nathan Wine Group, one of Australia s leading fine wine companies, today entered into an agreement by which Beam Wine Estates will market and distribute Lion Nathan Wine Group s super- and ultra premium Australian and New Zealand wine brands in the United States.