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Terpology Tuesday New Year’s Day Edition: Champagne Terpenes

In honor of New Year’s Day, True Terpenes takes a look at the terpenes that are present in the champagne you might have drank last night.

Champagne, like most wines, is made from white grapes which are known to contain large amounts of the terpenes. Like cannabis, each cultivar of grape contains its own terpene profile. According to a variety of studies , linalool and geraniol make up the bulk of the terpene profile of white grapes. These two terpenes are also present in a variety of flowers and impart those flavors and scents to the grapes and wines. Linalool is the primary terpene found in lavender while geraniol is named after geraniums which also contain the terpene.

Interestingly, champagne appears to be void of geraniol and even linalool in some studies. A group of researchers identified that linalool and geraniol are both oxidized into terpineol during the fermentation and aging process.

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this look at terpenes in champagne and perhaps contemplated the entourage effect that occurs with alcoholic drinks. True Terpenes wishes you a great start to 2019.