Celebrate Champagne Day 2011 TODAY!

It’s almost time for Champagne Day at the Jolly Oyster! I leave for there soon with bottles of Champagne and ice in tow!

I’ve been busy busy busy preparing–you know, tasting champagne and studying up! There are tons of juicy tidbits floating about on twitter–just check out the hashtag #champagneday and you’ll see what I mean! For example,

beathirstygirlThirsty Girl posted “One holds a bottle of red wine by the neck, a woman by the waist, and a bottle of Champagne by the derriere.” (Mark Twain) #ChampagneDay
beathirstygirlThirsty Girl also posted “On a budget for #ChampagneDay? Check out this list: ow.ly/7blyY”

tweeted this quote:  “My only regret in life is that I didn’t drink enough Champagne” ~ John Maynard Keynes #ChampagneDay #wine
By early this morning, host @vintuba reported “So Far there have been over 2,000 mentions of #ChampagneDay today- looks like a lot of people popping #Bubbles

The Champagne Bureau sent me press packs and a lot of other great Champagne porn which I will bring to share including sheets for tasting notes which we can use.

From the beautiful book they produced titled “Champagne” I learned that they’ve been growing grapes since Roman times and figured out how to control the bubbles by 1730, partly by shifting from wooden closures to cork.

Remember Champagne Day at the Jolly Oyster is BYOB …but I am bringing some of the good stuff to share (can you say BOLLINGER?) if you make a nice donation to Save McGrath!  And if you share with me, I’ll share with you!

Other folks are bringing goodies to share for a donation. And still others will be cooking up clams and oysters and other treats on the spot to share and compare!

We turn into pumpkins & have to scurry from the park when it closes at dusk (6:30) so come as soon as you can–and let’s keep this event green–bring your own glass!!

PS I just saw that Henriot is over $50 online & you can get it COLD at the Ventura Wine Co on Telephone near Market. This is a great bubbler at an amazing price. This is what I chose to pair with oysters and my husband’s birthday two weeks ago. Wow!

Champagne Day 2011 Arrives Tonight!

Dear Champagne and Oyster lovers,

Which Champagne will be the best with which type of oyster? Find out tomorrow at International Champagne Day!

The Jolly Oyster and I invite you to celebrate with us at Ventura State Beach where we will be toasting our local parks and beaches–as well as the fabulous foamy drink we call Champagne and the delicate briny succulent delicacy we call oysters. The event and parking during the event from 3-6pm is FREE.  (Champagne and oyster photo from The Jolly Oyster facebook page).

Learn from experts about Champagne, oysters, clams, our local marine ecosystems and more! Proceeds from sales of oysters and clams will go to Save McGrath State Beach: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/oct/26/fundraiser-will-toast-mcgrath-state-beach-with/

While sparkling wine is fine (and thanks to Barefoot Bubbly we will have samples of five bubbling varietals of that beach ready, beach saving California wine!), you can find real Champagne at the locally owned Wine Rack, Ventura Wine Co, and Paradise Pantry. Also, all wines are 30% off right now at Vons; Vons on Harbor and Seaward will chill Champagne for you to pick up: call manager April at 805/223-3616.

Can’t make it to the beach in Ventura to join us? Here’s a link to find a Champagne Day event near you: http://champagneday.eventbrite.com/

Or follow Champagne Day at home! You can take oysters and clams to go and you can check out the hashtag #champagneday on twitter to see what people are tasting and talking about.

best, gwendolyn aka Wine Predator
co-host Champagne Day 2011