The Mushroom Myth | 磨菇傳說

The Mushroom Myth | 磨菇傳說

 

People are always intrigued by the mushroom-shaped cork of Champagne, or in general sparkling wine. As a matter of fact, all wine corks started as cylinder-shaped, including Champagne. But for Champagne, the lower part of the cork is first compressed to fit into the bottle neck. The inserted section will start expanding (absorbing carbon dioxide) to maintain a constant pressure against the bottle neck, preventing the gas from escaping. Hence, you can compare the ages of the different Champagnes from the shape of cork. The more “mushroom-like”, the longer is has been aged.

 

朋友總對香檳的「磨菇型」酒塞感到好奇。其實,所有酒塞的原狀都是圓柱體。基於香檳是氣泡酒,酒塞的下段先被壓縮然後放進樽頸內。封樽之後,樽頸內的酒塞開始吸收二氧化碳從而膨脹,以平衡酒樽內外的氣壓和防止氣泡逃走。所以,你可以憑酒塞的形狀來比較香檳的年齡。酒塞愈呈「磨菇型」則代表香檳陳年愈久。

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