Where did this festive libation get its name?
Champagne is a sparkling wine made from three types of grapes: Pinot noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier, and it is created exclusively in the Champagne region of France. Although sparkling wines are produced throughout the world, most countries restrict the use of the word “Champagne” to wines that are made in the Champagne region.
Wine has been made in this region since before medieval times. Today there are more than a hundred Champagne houses, in addition to almost 20,000 smaller vignerons, or vine-growing producers.
Supposedly, the first Champagne in France was a happy accident. The pressure that was created in the bottle from the fermentation caused the bottle to explode. This led to the nickname “le vin du diable,” or “the devil’s wine.” (Not to be confused with devil’s food or devil’s milk.)
If you’re looking to truly impress guests this New Year’s Eve, get out your sword. At ceremonial occasions, a technique called “sabrage” is used to open a Champagne bottle. It involves sliding a saber along the neck of the bottle and breaking the glass.
MICHAELS TO BROADCAST NBA.(MAIN)
Albany Times Union (Albany, NY) September 28, 2003 Byline: BILL FLEISCHMAN Knight Ridder Newspapers PHILADELPHIA — Mention “Al Michaels” and people think success. He’s the voice of “Monday Night Football.” Among the marquee assignments for the man acclaimed by many observers as the best play-by-play announcer in the business are major league baseball, the Olympics and the Stanley Cup finals.
Last week, Michaels was named lead play-by-play announcer for ABC’s NBA telecasts.
With good things continually happening for Michaels, he was asked on a conference call this week whether there ever was a time in his career when he wasn’t certain where he was headed.
“As a kid, I dreamed big,” Michaels said. “As I look back, there was a certain naivete, which is probably good. (When you’re young) you say, `I’m going to work like crazy and do these things.’ Then they actually happen and you (think), `How did that happen?’ You realize you had to be in the right place at the right time a lot.” The right place for Michaels was Hawaii, of all places. A little more than a year out of Arizona State, he was hired to broadcast the Hawaii Islanders minor league baseball games in 1968. see here michaels printable coupon
Jack Quinn, son of former Phillies general manager John Quinn, hired the Brooklyn, N.Y.-born Michaels.
“If Jack Quinn doesn’t give me that chance, what happens?” Michaels said. “Am I a lawyer? You need that one springboard. I tell kids dream big, work hard and then, with a little luck, you never know what’s going to happen.” ABC wanted Michaels as its top NBA play by player because he is identified with the network. He will debut on Christmas.
The next step is pairing Michaels with a game analyst or two. Mike Pearl, senior vice president and executive producer of ABC Sports, said analysts from inside and outside the ABC/ESPN family are being considered.
Bill Walton and Tom Tolbert are among the candidates. Walton was paired with Brad Nessler last season. Tolbert moved from the studio to courtside with Walton and Nessler for the Finals. go to site michaels printable coupon
Michaels sounds as if he would particularly enjoy working with Walton. Michaels broadcast UCLA games during Walton’s final two seasons as an outstanding player.
“He brings a very different and unique perspective to the games,” Michaels said. “Bill was pretty reticent when he was playing under John Wooden at UCLA. To see him evolve into this almost-larger-than-life personality has been really neat.” Michaels took some time before accepting the NBA assignment.
“The more I thought about this, the more appealing this chance became,” he said. “I wanted to make the decision predicated upon being able to do this at the very highest level.” Michaels has not done NBA games since just after he graduated from college when he worked with the legendary Chick Hearn for a few weeks on Los Angeles Lakers radio broadcasts. Michaels’ last basketball broadcast was the 1989 Pac-10 championship game.
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