Upon tasting champagne, Benedictine monk Dom Pierre Perignon once uttered, “Come quickly, I am tasting stars!”

The popular story attributes Dom as the accidental inventor of champagne in 1688, but historians generally agree that the British were the first to invent this bubbly drink.  According to Ian Lendler in his book, Alcoholica Esoterica

, the French actually considered the fizziness a problem, nicknaming champagne “devil wine” as glass bottles would explode and send glass flying, and monks had to wear iron masks to protect themselves.

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