Monday, October 31, 2011

Champagne Day at Zinful, It’s Not Real Unless It’s French

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On Friday we decided to have dinner at Smedlap Smithy in Waterville and then cap it off with some wine at Zinful just a couple of minutes away.

Green Dragon reminded me it was Champagne Day. She had seen it on the TWAV Facebook page and posted it would be a good day to have some Cava. Interesting logic!

I pointed out that Champagne isn’t just a generic term for sparkling wine and, in fact, that’s one of the reasons why Champagne Day was started. The Champagne Bureau states that more than 50 percent of sparkling wines in the US are mislabeled “Champagne.” Champagne Day was started to “celebrate authentic Champagne and raise awareness about the need to protect the Champagne name by blogging, tweeting and commenting on all things Champagne – which as you know, can only come from the Champagne region in France.” In fairness, there are some US producers who have been making Champagne in the traditional method for more than a century and have been “grandfathered” in.

Green Dragon knows all this about Champagne, but actually likes Cava more. As it turns out, the Cava she wanted at Zinful wasn’t available, so she had a very nice split of Moet & Chandon Imperial – a true French Champagne. In the photo you can see Zinful’s Michelle Brossia serving it up along with our tasty pumpkin torte.

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