December 31, 2012

National Champagne Day

"Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector. It encourages a man to be expansive, even reckless, while lie detectors are only a challenge to tell lies successfully." - Graham Greene

It's National Champagne Day!

When I think about New Year's Eve, I definitely think about toasting to the health and happiness of my loved ones with champagne at midnight. The sound of the cork popping, the tickling of the bubbles, the reflection of another year gone and the hope for new beginnings... never was there a more appropriate food holiday.

Real champagne is a sparkling wine made from (primarily) pinot noir, chardonnay, and pinot meunier grapes in the Champagne region of France that has had secondary fermentation in the bottle to create carbonation. Quite particular, right? The Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC) - basically, a trade association that represents the grape growers in Champagne - developed specific rules to protect its economic interests regarding the production of the drink. As a result, despite the popular nomenclature, not all sparkling wines are actually champagnes. Only when the drink has met the requirements by the CIVC (which includes, but isn't limited to grape varieties and several viticulture aspects) is it labelled as such.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies. But more importantly...

Congratulations. We just ate the year!

Now crack open a bottle of bubbly and celebrate. And know that somewhere in the world a short, freckled girl is toasting to the health and happiness of every person who helped make Almanac of Eats possible (and a success) this year!

That means you, friend.

Thank you.

For auld lang syne...

Happy National Champagne Day!