“Whilst I enjoy nothing more than a crisp cool Champagne, never have I looked at the bottle and wondered how many sweet little bubbles exist inside. After reading this article by bottlenotes.com, I will never look at my bottle of sparkling the same way…. Have a read and see if you feel the urgent need to open bottles and start counting?” Lynda Walsh Kennards Wine Cellaring BDM
How one scientist made our head hurt more than a Champagne hangover
Alright, wine nerds. We know you geeked out on the trivia in our August 10 Sip, “Do You Know Wine?” The factoid about the number of bubbles in a bottle of sparkling wine — about 44 million — particularly got your juices flowing. Yes, pun intended.
We got that tidbit from The California Wine Institute. They got it from Napa’s Domaine Chandon. It also appears in Wine Review Magazine, along with the slightly higher bubble count in a bottle of Champagne (49 million).
So, what’s the source? All sources seem to point to the research of scientist Bill Lembeck, who calculated the volume of CO2 in a 750 milliliter bottle of Champagne and divided that number by the volume of an average bubble.