Story goes the Black Velvet was invented in 1861 to mourn the death of Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert. The black color symbolizes grieving for the dead and Champagne because he was the queens husband damnit. Queen Victoria was so heartbroken by his death that she only wore black for the rest of her life from that point on. When I pass I told my wife and kids I want a recreation of Tim Finnegans wake, or to be turned into a marionette puppet. I doubt they will honor either wish but they might serve black velvets and I would be happy with that.
Personally I only really like brut and extra brut sparkling wine but for this cocktail a Sec is perfect. It ends up tasting almost like a Coca-Cola but better. Brut is good too but the slight extra sweetness of the sec is nice. But that’s just me, my wife likes the drier taste of the brut better.