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!

Celebrate Champagne Fri. Oct. 28 2011!

Last Sunday was my husband’s 50th Birthday.

One guess what we celebrated with?

Yep, you’re right: Champagne! Not sparkling wine, not champagne method, but the real McCoy, Champagne with a capital C! (Okay, I admit, we had some sparkling wine and apple juice, red and white wine, and beer and tequila and…but all that belongs in another blog post to come!!)

Which we thoroughly enjoyed with fresh, raw and barbecued oysters as well clams we steamed up in wine and garlic in a huge pot on the campfire fire!

Next Friday, October 28, from 3-6pm,  I cordially invite YOU to get your bubbles on and join us in a Champagne Day celebration at the Jolly Oyster at the Ventura State Beach from 3-6pm. Parking on this special occasion from 3-6pm will be FREE (instead of $10!)

Meet Ranger Jelly, oysters farmers, and Champagne fans and fellow foodies! Bring your friends, a picnic, and bubbles to share to this FREE, fun party at

The Jolly Oyster www.thejollyoyster.com http://twitter.com/JollyOyster

–Get expert tips on how to shuck oysters & cook clams.
–Enjoy Champagne Day specials on fresh oysters & clams from the Jolly Oyster farms.
–Find out about how the Jolly Oyster grows oysters & clams from the farmers.
–Learn about local marine life from Ranger Jelly.
–Meet Champagne fans & fellow foodies.
–Shuckers, towel, barbecue coals etc available for sale also.

Register here for the Champagne Day 2011 and here for our Jolly Oyster Meetup on Champagne Day Oct 28, 2011.