December 31 – National Champagne Day

National Champagne Day 

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Facts on Champagne

  • National Champagne Day falls on New Years Eve, perhaps because the two make an obvious pairing.
  • Champagne is associated with celebrations, so it is no surprise it was and still is the drink of choice for the festivities.
  • Outside of New Year’s, sparkling wine is perhaps most popularly drunk at brunch in the form of a Mimosa.
  • By law, to accurately be called Champagne, the grapes used in the production of the wine must come from the Champagne region of France. If not it is called sparkling wine.
  • Champagne pairs very well with rich or oily foods, even Pizza!

 

 

 

October 4 – National Vodka Day

National Vodka Day 

mocktail & Shaker

Facts on Vodka 

One could go on about Vodka for ever, but will spare you with the highlights and share my favorite Vodka drink. It is served chilled, served up, with a dash a Peppadew® juice, and a Red Peppadew® Pepper. Cheers to the PeppaTini!

National Cheese Fondue Day – April 11

National Cheese Fondue Day

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 Facts on Fondue

  • The history of fondue is centuries old! Fondue began as a way to use aged cheeses and bread to feed people that had limited access to fresh food during the winter months.
  • Fondue became the national dish of Switzerland when the Swiss Cheese Union modernized it and campaigned as a way to sell more cheese in the 1930s.
  • Fondue became a fad in American in the ’60s and ’70s after it was brought back by a jet setter that had it on a ski holiday.
  • It is a tradition that if a man drops his piece of bread in the fondue pot, he must buy a round of drinks.
  • If a woman loses her bread in the pot, she must kiss all her neighbors.