Raise a Glass this Friday to celebrate International Champagne Day
Champagne may be French but the idea behind Global Champagne Day (this year to be celebrated on the 22nd of October) began in America in 2009 – started by an American blogger, Chris Oggenfuss, who wanted to honour the wine of kings. Champagne is a sparkling wine, originating from France. In the EU, it is illegal to call any sparkling wine Champagne if it doesn’t come from the Champagne region of France.
Fun fact: did you know champagne used to be called the ‘Devil’s Wine’? Early champagne manufacturers came down to their cellars to find some corks had blown out of the bottles prematurely. They decided this must have been the work of evil spiritual beings. This incident caused many champagne-makers to wear iron helmets to prevent injury.
If injury doesn’t scare you, why not learn to sabre a bottle to celebrate Global Champagne Day? Is there anything more impressive than slicing open a bottle with a dangerous looking sabre mid-party?
Here is what you need to do to master the art:
If becoming a sabre master isn’t quite your flute of fizz, fear not, you too can be part of the day: take a moment to celebrate the small things. Join a planned event in a restaurant, enjoy a champagne food and wine pairing with close friends or family members or simply raise a toast with the one you love. Share your posts on the socials using the #ChampagneDay