Pop, pop, fizz, fizz, oh, what a day it is! Tomorrow, Friday, October 28th, has been deemed Global Champagne Day. Now what better reason to pop the cork from a bottle of fine French bubbly do you need? Everyone likes to have a bottle of champagne on hand for a special occasion, and this is it!
Now to be true to the spirit of Global Champagne Day, you really should be drinking the French bubbles, as only sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region of France and made from grapes grown in that region can legally be labeled and sold as Champagne. Anything else is merely sparkling wine, or prosecco, cava, method champennoise, or spumante, depending on where and how it’s made.
The entire day, from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., is available to indulge in the finery and fun of a flute of ‘tiny bubbles.’ One of the beautiful qualities of champagne is the long line of tiny bubbles floating upward in your flute, the preferred vessel for enjoying this elixir. The mark of a grand champagne is the size and virility of it’s bubbles, and no doubt one reason it carries it’s ubiquitous nickname of ‘bubbly.’
Another aspect of champagne that makes it so easy to enjoy is the variety of foods it pairs with. From the luxurious, like lobster and mousse, it also pairs fabulously with something as everyday as scrambled eggs or popcorn. It is also a nice foil to fried foods, cutting the greasiness with sparkle.
Prices on a true French champagne can range from the astronomical to do-able, depending on the champagne house and their production level and whether it’s a vintage or non-vintage (vintage champagne is rarer, and therefore pricier). For those in the Lodi/Elk Grove area, there are some readily affordable options for an American sparkler that will still help with the celebration. Try the Raspberry Sparkling wine from McConnell Estates Winery for around $12.00, or the Woodbridge Brut or Woodbridge Extra Dry (a slightly sweeter offering) for around $10.00. Of course, if you feel like splurging, there’s always the bubbly aisle at Beverages and More (BevMo) in Ek Grove, where in it’s locked case you might find Veuve Clicquot Grande Dame Rose ’98, or the Perrier Jouet Blanc de Blanc Flower Bottle ’99, or the Dom Perignon Brut ’99, any of which can set you back at least two hundred (well-worth-the-price) dollars.
At whatever price your budget allows, and whatever country of origin your bubbles come from, it all starts tomorrow, with the unwrapping of the foil, the untwisting of the wire cage, and the POP of the cork! A Sante!