It turns out those refined golden bubbles have newly discovered health benefits. My grandmother must have known: she spent the last years of her life holding court from her very high bed (a step stool was needed to climb onto it), and eating all her meals from a tray that included a small bottle of champagne. Yes, one for breakfast, one for lunch, and another for dinner! The research talks about 1-3 glasses a week, not 3 glasses a day, but in my grandmother's defense, she didn't start until later in life so I'm sure she was just trying to catch up!
The memory aid in champagne comes from something called phenolic compounds, which are found in the Pinot grapes used in making most sparkling wines. Professor Jeremy Spencer who led the research at Reading University in the UK, suggests anyone over 40 would be wise to drink one to three glasses of bubbly a week. He says: ‘Dementia probably starts in the 40's and goes on to the 80's. It is a gradual decline and so the earlier people take these beneficial compounds in champagne, the better. This research is exciting because it illustrates for the first time that moderate consumption of champagne has the potential to influence cognitive functioning such as memory.’ For more details about the study, you can read the full article on the University's website here.
There are many good sparkling wines and my go to favorite is the French Veuve Clicquot. Fresh, crisp, dry, just perfect! For something local and more affordable, try the Northern California-made Chandon. Both sell a small bottle just the right size for improving memory. Keep in mind the minimum age requirement for drinking champagne with all your meals is 90 years old. Santé! What's your favorite champagne?