National Champagne Day, which is observed informally on December 31, is all about finding new ways to enjoy this effervescent beverage. Luckily, it arrives on New Year's Eve, the perfect time to crack open a bottle or two!
How was Champagne Day added to our calendars?
During the mid-2000s, National Champagne Day was mentioned in a few books. The publications "Practically Useless Information on Food" and "Drink Wine Enthusiast" both recognized August 4 as a national holiday in 2007. National Champagne Day, on the other hand, does not have an official registration date. Because this bubbly drink is usually opened on New Year's Eve, much of the globe unintentionally celebrate it that way. Since its inception on Twitter in 2010, the hashtag #NationalChampagneDay has grown in popularity, particularly in the months of December and January. Restaurants and alcohol retailers capitalize on the national holiday by sponsoring champagne-themed activities to entice customers.
By the 5th century or before, the Romans had established the first champagne vineyards and were cultivating them. Following the death of Louis XIV of France in 1715, the court of Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, made sparkling champagne the drink of choice among the French nobility. The current champagne business began to take shape in the nineteenth century. Several of today's most well-known champagne houses, such as Krug, Pommery, and Bollinger, were founded during this time. The two World Wars in the early twentieth century, however, posed enormous roadblocks to the growth of this business. Due to the Russian Revolution and Prohibition, the Russian and American champagne markets were also lost.
Champagne's popularity soared once more in the modern age. Since 1950, the wine has been linked with both opulence and celebration, and sales have quadrupled. The Champagne area of France, which includes the departments of Aube, Marne, Haute-Marne, and Ardennes, now produces over 200 million bottles with a global market, encouraging French officials to consider expanding the 86,5000-acre territory to accommodate further production.
Celebrate National Champagne Day!
Since it’s New Year’s Eve anyway, there’s really every reason to pop open a bottle of bubbly and celebrate in style. Champagne is a celebratory party drink, usually associated with luxury, so if you have been saving a bottle, consider sipping and savoring the taste.
There’s a reason champagne breakfasts are a thing! Mimosas first thing in the new year’s first morning may not be a bad idea.
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