The method of riddling, or turning/rotating champagne bottles was originally invented by a woman, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin (The Widow Cliquot) in the 19th Century. The Widow Cliquot invented the rack and the method of turning champagne bottles on mass in her cellars to increase the production of her cellars over that of her rivals. It is still practiced in many champagne houses today, although in recent years there has been a move by the large commercial producers to mechanized rotation. An expert cellar worker, it is said, can turn as many as fifty thousand bottles in a day, and these skilled employees carry on the tradition when making vintage champagne in France. By the 1830s, winemakers throughout the Champagne turned to standing A-frame racks called pipitres. The word means desk, but in fact they look like old-fashioned childhood easels. They can be found in cellars in any part of the world where sparkling wine is crafted. (Import).
- Original from Europe!