Saturday, October 29, 2011

National Champagne Day a holiday? Really.

Wendy Gordon

by contributor Wendy Gordon

October 28th was National Champagne Day.  Yes.  Now you may ask…”Is this an actual holiday???  REALLY?  While our research didn’t find an official creator for this particular celebration, nor did we find any Congressional record or presidential proclamation to support it, we’re all for it.  Why not?  After all, New Year’s Eve is months away and there’s really never a bad time to pop a cork in celebration…right? 

Ramon Narvaez, Food and Beverage Director

National Champagne Day is music to the ears of just about any bubbly grape aficionado; and where better to celebrate as that iconic bastion of all things culinary than Marcel’s at 24th & Pennsylvania who was offering a special tasting along with several other DC dining venues?  

Robert Weidmaier
Both the restaurant and the bar were replete with bottles, bubbles and bites as Chef Robert Wiedmaier presented an evening of a tasting of three of their over 40 varieties of some of the world’s best vintages-doled out with great abandon.  Jacquesson Cuvee 734 from Dizy-Champagne, Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve from Mareuil-sur-Ay-Champagne, and Michel-Arnould Brut Rose Grand Cru NV were paired with Quail Egg on Toasted Brioche, Kumamoto Oyster with Champagne Mignonette and Potato Blini with smoked Scottish Salmon and Crème Fraîche.   

Although there are a million culinary terms more highfalutin than this, but the only word that comes to mind is “yum.”