Everything You Need to Know About Drinking Champagne

06/13/2014 at 04:24 PM ET

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Ali Rosen is the host and founder of Potluck Video, a food and drink website that takes you behind the culinary scene with celebrity chefs, restaurateurs, producers, mixologists and more.

For a momentous occasion, there is nothing better than a bottle of bubbly. But when you break out the true Champagne — meaning the grapes were grown in the Champagne region of France — instead of the sparkling wine, it’s important to know exactly why it is so special.

Benoit Gouez, the chief winemaker for Moët & Chandon, gives the scoop on everything Champagne, from the grape varietals used to the importance of vintages to the glassware secret that you might not expect.

So pop open a bottle and watch the video below. At your next soiree, you’ll sound like a Champagne connoisseur.

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Guest on

Never cared for this dumb drink. Just fancied up wine, with the name of “champagne” for area/location in France. Tastes awful. I know folks that pay huge bucks for this silly stuff. Waste of hard earned money.

Pattimelt on

Cool. More for me!

Lisa on

Good champagne tastes great. Cheap crappy champagne tastes awful.

guest on

Dumb drink!.What a dumb statement……You sound like a young immature boy…There are different grades of the drink…

Charli on

Nothing like a nice glass of champagne!

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