Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, then you probably know that champagne has its very own global day! Yes, that’s right, around the world, on Friday 19th of October 2018 – champagne lovers will be celebrating in all sorts of fizzy fashions.
If you missed reading this post for this year’s celebrations, then make sure you bookmark my Wine Days Calendar which is updated every year!
Ok, first things first, let’s get some housekeeping out-of-the-way:
- It’s true, champagne is only from France and can only be from the Champagne region (Yellowglen Yellow and Passion Pop, are NOT champagne) – here’s more commonly misused wine words which you might find interesting
- Not all champagne is expensive (see point #1 below)
- Champagne is for all occasions, not just celebrations
If you haven’t already got plans, here are 20 awesome ways to celebrate Global Champagne Day in style this year:
1. Pop a bottle
Naturally, this has to be the first way to celebrate such an important day of the year. Whether you splurge on a bottle of 2002 vintage or stick to your favourite Non-Vintage tipple – you really can’t go wrong!
Here are some of my tasting notes from champagne’s I’ve had recently:
- Champagne Vollereaux Brut Reserve
- Louis Roederer 2004 Cristal
- ALDI’s Monsigny Brut Champagne NV, $20
- G.H.Mumm Champange Special Edition 6 Ans / 4 Ans
- Champagne Victoire 2008, $95
- Champagne Pol Gessner, $37
- Champagne Vielle France, $50
- Champagne Les Mesnil Blanc de Blancs, $70
- 2004 Champagne Louis Roederer Brut Rosé, $120
Best champagne I’ve ever had: A 2002 Louis Roederer Cristal Rose
2. Attend an event
I am pretty sure in most major cities you’ll find champagne inspired events on or happening around Global Champagne Day.
Here are a few I have spotted:
- Bursting with Bubbles – Celebrate Global Champagne Day 2018 with The House of Bubbles on October 21st (ACT)
- The Champagne Dame Masterclass at Mayfair Lane on October 13th (Perth)
- Champagne Tasting Day at Steve’s on October 17th (Perth)
- Canny Grapes Champagne Degustation at Petit Mort October 18th (Perth)
- World Champagne Day at Lot Twenty October 19th (Perth)
3. Champagne books
There are a number of really great books available on champagne, some of my favourites which I would highly recommend:
- Bursting Bubbles by Robert Walters
- Champagne: How the World’s Most Glamorous Wine Triumphed Over War and Hard Times
- The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It
There are tons more books on champagne which you can easily order online. If you run a bit of a book club, perhaps you can make your next book one of these and discuss it over some champas on the 19th of Oct?
4. Learn how to sabre a bottle open
My champagne sabre is one of my favourite presents Mr. Spittoon has ever given me. It’s such an awesome party trick and well, it just makes you feel pretty cool. On the blog, I have put together a step-by-step guide on how to sabre a bottle of champagne plus there’s a video as well!
5. Visit the Champagne region in France
If only we could all book a last-minute flight to France to celebrate Champagne Day in this amazing region. Alas if this is not doable this year like it is for me – then put it on your wine travel bucket list stat!
Mr. Spittoon and I had a short yet great time in the region visiting:
We really hope to get back there again someday to further explore.
6. Compare champagne glasses
A lot of research has come out in the last couple of years about the type of glass which is best to drink champagne out of – so why don’t you give it a go yourself this Champagne Day? Here are some of the different glasses you can consider for drinking champagne out of.
7. Make champagne pancakes!
Pancakes, champagne, strawberry jam – what is not awesome about this combo. The best bit is this champagne pancake recipe even includes some of the fizz in the mix!
8. Have a champagne breakfast
There’s a reason ‘champagne breakfast’s’ are a thing and that’s because bubbles first thing in the morning goes so well with everything from bacon & eggs to croissants, hashbrowns and strawberries!
9. Be creative with champagne and food matches
Since we’re talking about food, I can’t help but mention some of the awesome food matches out there:
- Shellfish and fish
- Potato chips/crisps and hot chips/fries
- And more – be creative!
10. Red Carpet Champagne Bar
If you’re in Bali – then head on over to the Red Carpet Champagne Bar for a wee tipple in the heat.
11. Wear your champagne memories
Have you heard of Wearing Memories champagne jewellery yet? I absolutely love my WM ring and it’s a great excuse to collect all my champagne caps!
12. Methode champenoise or traditionelle
If you can’t get your hands on a ‘real’ champagne from France, then the next best thing is to look out for locally made sparkling wines which have ‘Methode Traditionelle’ or Methode Champenoise’ on the label. This basically means they’ve been made in the same way as champagne but cannot call themselves champagne because they are not made in the Champagne region in France.
13. Champagne tower baby!
I am still yet to experience a champagne tower, however, I feel an urge coming on! The best thing is you don’t have to wait until the next fancy event you attend, as company’s like Coupe Stack mean you can have your own champagne tower in your living room – pj’s optional!
14. DIY champagne floral ice-buckets
This is also on my must-do list! I’ve seen both versions where the entire ice bucket is made of ice and there are flowers in the ice alongside the ones where they have just filled in ice-bucket with ice-cubes that have flowers inside. So pretty!!
15. Put on a champagne playlist
This is a favourite of mine, as I am a bit of a rap & hip hop girl at heart – and the rappers love to mention champagne in their songs! However so does Oasis, Willie Nelson and Jimmy Buffett just to name a few!
Here are some songs which mention champagne to get the ball rolling:
- Champagne Problems Meghan Trainor
- Drunk in Love – Beyoncé
- My House – Flo Rider
- Champagne Kisses – Jessie Ware
- Champagne – Sugarcult
- Champagne From a Paper Cup – Death Cab For Cutie
- Champagne Supernova – Oasis
The list could literally go on forever – so I’ll be adding to the below YouTube playlist (and here’s a link to the Spotify version).
Champagne popsicles, need I say more?
17. Self-love with The Champagne Diet
Cara Alwill Leyba is a life coach, speaker and author of The Champagne Diet – ladies I would totally recommend following Cara and reading her books.
18. Get a champagne button for your house
I sooo want one of these Press for Champagne Buttons for the house, but they are a little bit pricey. One day!
19. Follow Australia’s favourite Champagne Dame
It was only a couple of months ago that I put up an exclusive Q&A with Australia’s Champagne Dame – Kyla Kirkpatrick. If you love champagne, make sure you follow this lovely lady online!
20. Champagne lamp
Yep, you read that right – turn your favourite champagne bottles into a lamp with my DIY guide!
So there you have it guys – 20 pretty awesome ways to celebrate International Champagne Day this year. If you’re posting a picture of your celebrations, make sure to tag it with #ChampagneDay and feel free to tag the Travelling Corkscrew too so I can give you a like!