October 25 is Global Champagne Day! #ChampagneDayGlobal

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You can call it luxurious. You can call it sparkling wine. But only if it is from France, may you call it champagne! Today Champenois are reaping the rewards of many centuries of hard work in the exclusive Champagne appellation; a region that has come to represent a worldwide benchmark for quality, authenticity and excellence.


Here is a reason to pop open that special bottle:  October 25, 2013 is 4th International Champagne Day!  Described as Global Champagne Day, when champagne enthusiasts all over the world gather together in ‘virtual appreciation’ of everything champagne, many fetes will be taking place all over the USA. It really is a Social Media Experiential Day for all. The day even has its own social media hashtag: #ChampagneDayGlobal and website: www.champagneday.fr/.

Here are a few celebratory events I found:


Baltimore:-ALCHEMY on 36 is hosting a celebration on Friday, October 25 from 3:30-7ish $35 for just wine; $50 for wine & food. Chefs Michael and Debi Bell-Matassa invite "all to raise a glass and taste through an amazing line up of champagne & amuse bouche.

A Few of the Special Tasting  pairings planned are:
Baked Oysters paired with Rosé champagne sabayon-Henriot Rosé
Pâté de Maison served with Pol Roger

Brut Mushroom & Brie Croquettes sipped with Barnaut Rosé Authentique
Crêpe Suzette-Orange cognac marmalade paired with Cremant D'Alsace Albrecht

Brand Ambassador of Pol Roger, Mariam  "Raz" Razavi will be on hand. She says she "has best value sales officially in DC care of Wines by Raz."  Email her for holiday pre-sale here. Come and share in the bubbles. Vive Le Champagne!  Stay for dinner, the food is outstanding here!


New York City is host to Flute Bar & Lounge-40 E 20th St
Piper-Heidseick will be on sale for $45 per bottle all day in celebration of Champagne Day.


MALMAISON in Washington DC  is hosting a private special Veuve Cliquot Rose Component Tasting hosted by its own Chef de Cave Pierre Casanave.

Fossil evidence shows that wild vines flourished in this region. However it was the Romans in AD 79 who laid much of the groundwork for the now world-famous Champagne appellation. The Romans recognized the exceptional terroir they began to develop the vineyards and introduce forward thinking winemaking techniques. They also quarried the chalk creating vast chalk pits (crayères) now used as cellars by the Champagne Houses. The name even derives from Latin - ‘campus’, ‘campania’ meaning field and in old French this became ‘champaign’.



The top exporters of Champagne worldwide are: Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Piper Heidsieck, Laurent Perrier, Pommery, Pol Roger, Mumm, Nicolas Feuillatte, Lanson, Taittinger and Perrier Jouët. In 2011 19.4 million bottles of Champagne were shipped into just the United States! 308 million bottles were shipped worldwide in 2012.


The Champagne Bureau located in Washington, DC, is the U.S. representative of the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC), the trade association that represents all the grape growers and houses of Champagne, France. The Bureau works to educate American consumers about the uniqueness of the wines of Champagne and expand their understanding of the need to protect the Champagne name in the United States. It has awarded this Friday to be National Champagne Day.


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