I am quite certain there will be many parties breaking out the champagne about midnight tonight. I am also sure it was no accident that December 31st was declared National Champagne Day. I began wondering exactly what is champagne? I knew that farmers grow grapes and grapes are fermented into wine. I also knew champagne was carbonated like pop. Until I did a little research, I thought I had tasted champagne.

I found out that real champagne comes only from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France. I don't think I have ever tasted imported French Wine! That would likely cost a lot more than I would be willing to pay! Another interesting fact about Champagne is the bubbles are caused by carbon dioxide. However, the carbon dioxide is not added. Rather a secondary fermentation of the wine in the bottle creates the carbon dioxide naturally.

So, enjoy the champagne tonight, even if it may not be "real" champagne. Remember too that there would be no wine or champagne without the farmers who grew the grapes. Be safe as it is dangerously cold outside and if you have been drinking, call a cab or have a designated driver. Happy New Year!

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