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Champagne Moments

I’ve always measured my life moments, whether high or low, with the help of lots of bubbles. Fortunately there are reportedly millions in a single glass of Champagne. So two years ago when the Center for Wine Origin asked me to be their Boston Champagne Ambassador, I think I offered to pay them.

Nine years ago on Bastille Day when my oldest was born, moments after he took his first breath, we dabbed a bit of Krug Rosé on his lips … the king had arrived. Two and a half years later when his sister was born, she warranted Krug Clos du Mesnil – after all, she was the first girl to be born in my husband’s family in over 70 years!

But special occasions are not the only times you’ll hear Champagne corks flying in our home. Champagne is the most versatile food wine, as it goes with everything. And I mean everything: whether it’s the birth of a child, a spoonful of caviar, a plate of fried chicken, a grilled cheese sandwich, Chinese food, a Tuesday night or an apology. We start every meal and end every week with a glass, and we keep a chilled bottle in our fridge for unexpected guests. My family now celebrates Chicken and Bubbles Sunday the first week of every month.

Champagne has a unique magic to it. Years ago, two friends were in the mist of what seemed to be an irreparable break in their relationship. After many phone calls and letters, she finally agreed to meet him for dinner. He asked me what he should serve, and I said, “You know what you have to do.” That evening after sitting down at the table, she took one look at the bottle, and said, “I knew when we met again that there would be a four letter word between us, but I didn’t think it would be Krug!”

The Center for Wine Origin’s mission is to protect and promote unique wines by educating U.S. consumers about the importance of location. The distinctive natural components of the terroir of Champagne – a unique combination of soil, sub-soil, climate and grape varieties unlike anywhere else in the world – are the underlying factors which account for the uniqueness of the wines of the Champagne region. The important thing to remember is that while some processes of Champagne production may be duplicated, the terroir is unique, original, and impossible to replicate. Many other areas may make sparkling wines, but only those made in Champagne can use the name Champagne.

Today is Global Champagne Day, and wine enthusiasts around the world will celebrate authentic Champagne and raise awareness about the need to protect the Champagne name by blogging, tweeting and commenting on all things Champagne. In addition to online activity, numerous retail and restaurant tastings are already planned in locations across the globe.

So celebrate your moments. All you have to do to participate is get some Champagne in your glass on October 28, 2011. Share your photos, tasting notes, experiences or videos on any social media site, and be sure to add the #ChampagneDay hash tag.

For more information about Champagne Day or the worldwide effort to protect the wine place name and origin, please visit the EventBrite page for Champagne Day or The Office of Champagne, USA. Every day is another occasion for bubbly, but we particularly hope you’ll join us today in raising a celebratory glass to authentic Champagne!

You can follow me on twitter @artowns, and keep up with the latest in Champagne by following @WineOrigins and @ChampagneBureau

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