Wednesday, December 29
Little Difference #30 - Champagne
Now, first off let me just acknowledge that I'm not going to use the term champagne correctly in this post. I'm going to use champagne to refer to any sparkling wine - cremant, prosecco, and yes, even champagne. As we all know only sparkling wine made in the Champagne region of France is truly champagne as it has PDO status.
With New Year's Eve only days away I imagine many of you are buying some champagne to help bring in the New Year; to celebrate;toast to good health. Am I right? In America champagne is purchased and consumed for celebratory reasons - the new year, big promotion, wedding anniversary. Here in Luxembourg champagne (cremant) is not only a special occasion drink it is an any-given-Tuesday drink. Perhaps it is because Luxembourg produces its own cremant in the Moselle Valley. Maybe cremant is a source of national pride. I really don't know why it is consumed so regularly.
Girls night out? We start with cremant and often end with cremant. Dinner party? Cremant aperitif. Visit with the neighbors? Sure, an afternoon cremant sounds great! All markets, festivals, outside (and inside) events have a cremant booth. Kid birthday parties? It is not uncommon for the host and hostess to provide parents with a glass. You can even get cremant (beer or wine too, of course) at indoor play areas for kids.
My point is champagne is more than just a special occasion drink here. I don't want to say it flows like water, but it flows like water here. My friends and I realized this one night out when we ordered a bottle of cremant one random evening out. Someone said, "Would you drink this at home?" Both English and American, we all agreed "No." But then we're not home so we drink champagne like it ain't no thing.
Enjoy your champagne this weekend. We will do the same here in Luxembourg. Of course we'll enjoy it again next Thursday or Monday or maybe both days.
What's the champagne culture where you live?
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