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Sparkling Wine by ahermin Sparkling Wine by ahermin
Early success making sparkling wines in the French district of Champagne made its name famous, so much so that "champagne" has become generic for sparkling wine, to the eternal aggravation of the resident producers1. The Champagne Appellation has some of the strictest, most exacting standards for growing, producing and labeling in all the wine world. Cheap American brands copy the Champagne name, but neither the standards, nor the methods.
The Méthode Champenoise involves many specialized steps in both viticulture and enology has taken centuries to evolve, through the contributions of scores of nameless inventors, innovators and workers. Modernization and refinement of the "traditional" sparkling wine process continues to this day, although its beginnings are in antiquity.
Around the 1690s, a Benedictine monk named Dom Perignon made some very significant developments as cellar master at the Abbey of Hautvillers in Epernay. He had the idea to harvest selectively, over a period of days rather than all at once, so that only the ripest fruit was taken with each pass. He also is credited with inventing the Coquard or "basket" wine press and using it to make the first "Blanc de Noir".
Another of his major developments was to blend wines of different vineyards and varieties to achieve better balance between their individual characteristics. He was an excellent taster and his cuvée system is still followed closely to this day by the house of Moêt & Chandon to produce their finest Champagne.
Finally, although corks had already been used by the Romans as closures for wine bottles, and the seagoing and trading English had corks and made sparkling wine several decades earlier than the landlocked Champagne area, Dom Perignon has been credited with the idea of using string to secure these stoppers in the bottles, thus retaining the sparkle for long periods of time.
His celebrated remark "I am drinking stars" brought him great fame, but Dom Perignon did not, in fact, "invent" Champagne. There is even a possibility he may have uttered his phrase, not out of jubilation, but rather from remorse. It is fairly certain that Frere Perignon long attempted to find a way to remove or prevent the bubbles, before he accepted and embraced them. His innovations of selective harvesting and blending probably were experiments towards this end.
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Sparkling Wine by *ahermin Ever wonder to drink a sparkling wine at the sea side? This is how you can have it. Lovely composition & great placement of objects. Great work. ( Suggested by ahmedwkhan and Featured by hellfirediva )
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Great shot. I put it in a featured section. [link]
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adamnitin Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow Beautiful shot and concept!
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summersong123 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
wow. WOW!!! xx
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Darryuoz Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
bueno al comenzar ver tus fotos me impresionaron, pero... solo basto ver 3 fotos y es la misma mierda, el mismo color hello ya sabemos q dominas eso color, voy a ti intenta algo diferente ...
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mgunbey Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
delicious
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gold rustic and yet so soft . . . i do like a lot
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this has to be amongst my favorites of all time.

a great inspiration. i still remember finding this three years ago and being completely blown away
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acetyl-choline Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
wow!
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wonderfull!
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prettyflour Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This has been featured in my journal!


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Asianxtremist Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
Amazing - How do you catch the light like that?
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Awesome! :dalove:
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ruihuayueshoot Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
This is totally awesome!! xD i like the colours, great photo :)
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usep Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
This place is cool.
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Zuxar Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
awesome amazing this wow
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Csipesz Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome shot !!!
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draedraeluv Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
the most beautiful photo I have ever seen
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CaryM Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Student Photographer
featured [link] :giggle::clap:
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selina Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
This looks awesome
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chibi-rose Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
That... is a very dramatic, and VERY beautiful photo. I can see why it was featured! :D
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EllaryRose Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
YOU HAVE BEEN FEATURED HERE!!! :typerhappy: [link]
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rehtaehart Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
GORGEOUS.....the idea of sitting there and drinking

it is HEAVEN!!!...the colours, the light and warmth

is SENSATIONAL!!!
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stawbe Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
thats such a fascinating story :) and a very nice shot. busy doing a champagne packaging design, thank you for sharing that bit of history it fascinates me. may i ask is it really true? and can you remember your source of information?
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LoveHealsYou725 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
WOW! JUST WOW! :O
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Amazing composition!
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tinelijah Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
ive put this picture on an invitation of a simple group of friends..hope that would be ok with you... here's the [link]

Thank you again for the nice picture
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jehnubis Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
Only a persistent man of genius, can pull this shot off!
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micro1 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
incredible work! ..damn... you got it ;)
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Featured!
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Beautiful and veyr intense. nice shot.
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Amazing!! :clap: :clap:
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justeline Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008  Professional Photographer
:wave: this deviation is being featured in my journal
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keTug Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2008
this picture is great!!! BRAVO!!!! :)
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Sweetfur219 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008
God! this picture is AMAZING! the color and the lighting is just beautiful!
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andreatpieincnet Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
again, love the stories. Tequila by the way has a somewhat similar story...
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speechless :heart:
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Alembic-Lynx Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2008  Professional Photographer
lovely tones
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hello there :)
Your work has been featured here [link] :heart:
I hope you enjoy it !
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torres1287 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008
I am amazed. Great work! Thanks for the history to the photo! :-)
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Wow... now That IS photography...
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you've been featured here : [link] .
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A truly beautiful photo! resonates a dream! :peace:
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ArtFountain Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
wow!
amazing shot!
gorgeous colors
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Featured here :[link]
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lmnopq Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
would this piece be okay to use in my music video? I would give you credit for it being yours :)
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Just so ya know, I've featured this in my journal [link] :)
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Pensiveone Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008
Wow.. this is amazing.. nice work.
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danz-art Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
amazing!! like how the sun catches the top of the glass
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