It’s National Champagne Day!!! One of the most fabulous days of the year. Although, there really is no excuse not to drink Champagne everyday. Although on other days, Bubbles maybe substituted.
True Champagne is from France, not California, Spain, Italy, or any other region. The French have very, very strict rules on this. Champagne comes from Frances northern most growing area in France. There are 4 main growing regions-Montagne de Reims, Cotes des Blancs, Vallee de la Marne, and Aube. The grape varietals the grow there to produce Champagne are red Pinot Noir and Meunier and white Chardonnay.In the region, the villages and their associated vineyards are classified from 80-100 % according to the quality of the grapes produced. Approximately 270 villages, only 17 have obtained Grand Cru ratings of 100%. Premier Cru, consists of villages with ratings of 90-99%. The reaming villages have ratings o 80-89%.
Now I could get into all the other technicalities about Champagne, like Dom Perignon is credited with perfecting and developing the bottle, tied down cork and the art of blending. In today makers are blending up to 30-40 or different base wines to create the blend, cuvee. The major houses strive for a cuvee that is consistent year after year.
Now everyone should have a bottle in their fridge. I don’t care what you say, Champagne is an everyday drink! It is the perfect pick me up, drink with friends or enjoy by yourself watching your favorite movie or pool side.
A few of my favorites: Veuve Cliquot , Moet & Chandon, Piper Heidsieck, Tattinger, Mumm, Perrier-Juoet, Krug, Bollinger and Pommery.