Not all holidays call for champagne. Birthdays and New Year’s Eve: definitely pop open a bottle of bubbly. President’s Day, SuperBowl Sunday – Miller Light, the champagne of Beers, can probably do the trick. But if there’s one holiday you should definitely raise a glass to, it’s Champagne Day. And wouldn’t you know, it’s coming up this Friday…
Champagne Day isn’t actually a real holiday. It’s an annual social media event that should have you bubbling with excitement. And it’s a great excuse to drink champagne! And I said champagne… don’t even look at that bottle of cava or prosecco!
Champagne, of course, can come from one place and one place only: Champagne, France. A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to take a road trip through the Champagne region and visit some of the most famous champagne houses as well as small, local producers. That’s easy to do if you’re in Paris and I actually highly recommend it as a day trip if you have the time.
Reims is barely an hour away by train, and you can drive from Paris to Epernay in just over two hours. If you’re in DC, well, it’s a little bit of a longer trip but why not use Champagne Day as an excuse to bring the champagne region to you?
Marcel’s in Georgetown boasts the largest Champagne collection in the metropolitan area and the restaurant is toasting the holiday by offering a $135, five-course dinner paired with hard to find Champagnes (and one Virginia sparkling wine for some reason). If the lavish menu of lobster, duck confit and blanc de blancs is too much for you (and/or your wallet) you can also indulge in a $55 Champagne flight at the bar that includes Laurent Perrier Brut de Blancs, Ruinart Blanc de Blancs or a Grand Cru Rosé.
Proof, another DC restaurant with a notable wine list, is also commemorating Champagne Day by adding several by the glass champagne options to its bar and dining room menu that night like a $40/ glass 2004 vintage Louis Roederer Cristal (rated 97-point by wine advocates) or a $14/ glass 2002 Gimonnet Special Club.
Of course, Champagne Day is first and foremost a social media holiday so, if you do indulge in either of these options on October 26th, don’t forget to tweet or instagram or both your experience using the hashtag #ChampagneDay. You can also follow @ChampagneBureau on Twitter to get information on Champagne.
And of course, you can certainly indulge in your own Champagne celebration by popping a bottle at home or hosting a tasting at your house. Most of the wine shops in the area have a number of great, affordable options (I always recommend Nicolas Feuillate which retails just under $30 at Whole Foods.) Cheers!