Champagne To Lose Weight

Did you know that a case of champagne weighs 10.8kgs in glass alone? In order to withstand the pressure of carbonic gas inside, champagne bottles need to weigh nearly twice as much as standard wine bottles. At the beginning of the 20th century this meant a standard bottle of champagne weighed an amazing 1.2kg and even today champagne bottles still weigh 900gms compared to 500gm bottles for other wine styles such as Bordeaux or Burgundy. But in an industry wide effort to cut carbon emissions all wine bottles are about to go on a diet…

Tesco rises to climate challenge

In the UK , as part of the ‘glassrite’ partnership programme working in conjunction with WRAP(Waste Resources Action Programme – a government funded recycling agency), national supermarket giant Tesco is launching a 30% lighter bottle range commencing with its bulk wine ‘Tesco Australian Red NV’.
“We have committed to bottling all entry level New World wines in the new 300g option, which will reduce Tesco’s glass usage by 560 tonnes annually” said Andrew Gale, technical manager for Tesco beers, wines and spirits, in an interview with Just Drinks Magazine.

Champagne bottles to lose weight

In Champagne itself bottling operations currently account for 30% of the region’s carbon emissions. Naturally France’s premier wine region wants to reduce this footprint, so the local industry governing body(CIVC ) has been working closely with glassmakers and major producers to find a safe and fair solution to lighten champagne bottles without radically increasing production costs or running the risk of explosion(a widely known and accepted business risk of making champagne wines during the 19th century). Successful trials have already been carried out at Mumm, Perrier-Jouet and Veuve Clicquot. Perrier-Jouet’s production will be 100% lighter by the end of 2010 and Veuve Clicquot estimates that using these lighter bottles will reduce its carbon emissions by 450 tonnes(which is equivalent to running four cars for a year).

Last year another pioneer in this area, Pommery, launched “Pommery Earth” a new champagne style made using bio-dynamic methods, bottled in lighter glass with glue-free labels and despatched without packaging. Officially speaking, all standard champagne bottles will have to lose weight by the beginning of 2011. What’s most important to you? – Would you be interested in purchasing green or weight loss champagne/ or prefer a champagne that is both? or do you just want the best priced well-known champagne in the most convenient location and never mind the climate issues? Let me know and I’ll publish the results (anonymously) in a future blog. Cheers CJ :-)

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