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FRIDAY

Champagne is made primarily for newlyweds, new parents, New Year’s Eve revelers, and the rich, right? Wrong. Worldwide consumption of French sparkling wine actually quadrupled during the first 20 years after World War II, and it’s still on the rise—even among less well-heeled tipplers. Now, if you don’t partake of the bubbly because you can’t tell a Krug from a Moët et Chandon, don’t fret: Tonight, the French Embassy presents an Evening of Fine Champagne Tasting, where 19 varieties of champagne, along with fine foods, will be on hand for you to sample. So dress up in your best business attire, go, and enjoy. If you feel uneasy among the swells, drop this bit of small talk: Did you know that Dom Perignon was a 17th-century Benedictine monk who perfected the fermentation process that makes bubbly, well, bubbly? It’s true. And hey, what really counts is what you like. No matter how grossly expensive the drink, no matter what those wine snobs say, you are the best person to judge your favorite champagne. Just do it. At 7 p.m. at the Embassy of France’s La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road, NW. $70. (202) 944-6091. (Natalie Davis)

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