National Champagne Day recognizes the wine that puts the pop in every New Year’s Eve celebration.
Genuine champagne only comes from France’s Champagne region. French law protects where and how it’s made. With some exceptions, only Champagne made according to set specifications and within the French region may label their wines using the term “Champagne.” Other foods and beverages fall under this type of protection in France and other parts of the world.
Champagne, France, is located northeast of Paris and provides ideal temperature and soil to produce the grapes required for Champagne. Only eight varieties of grapes are allowed production in the Champagne region. Primarily, the three grapes used to create Champagne are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.
Unlike other wines, Champagne ferments in the bottle allowing the vintner to trap the CO2 in the bottle. The bubbles give Champagne its effervescence.
While Champagne can be spend, if you’re looking for a little pop on New Year’s Eve, there are other varieties of sparkling wine available from Italy, California, and even the South of France. They offer a sparkle that won’t put a fizzle in your pocketbook. Then again, splurging and ringing in the New Year is the perfect opportunity each year to celebrate.