In the eighth episode of the viral Netflix series - Emily in Paris, Emily is invited to Camille family’s vineyard in Champagne. Emily is asked by Camille to help bring their business out from the dilemma they are currently in. Emily, inspired by the way Mindy celebrates her birthday with her friends in the night club , comes up with the idea of selling bottles of Champagne specifically for spraying.
From an economic point of view, this is certainly a wise decision as the excess production of champagne would have to be poured down the drain anyhow. Making money out of the production surplus sounds totally legit! But do you know where this tradition of spraying champagne comes from?
So who exactly was it that started this spraying champagne tradition?
In 1966, after winning the sports car racing - 24 Hours of Le Mans, the winner Jo Siffert accidentally opened a bottle of champagne which was placed under the sun for several hours and the champagne sprayed all over the stage.
A year later, at the same racing, the winner Dan Gurney copied Jo Siffert, spontaneously sprayed champagne while celebrating on the podium, which then became a custom at many motorsports events.
Nowadays, Champagne has still been an important part of celebration in different sports events. Yet, it is more commonly seen in night clubs and parties where people spray the champagne all over the place to get people into the joyful atmosphere.