Celebrate mom with Sekt

by Karen Bradbury
Stripes Europe

Mother’s Day in Germany is celebrated on the same day as in the U.S. which is on the second Sunday in May. This year, it's on May 12.  The coinciding date has both advantages and disadvantages. You won’t struggle to find a gorgeous bouquet in a local shop, and many local attractions geared toward families might offer mom a perk (case in point: The Zoo Kaiserslautern in Siegelbach offers mothers free entry, coffee and a slice of cake that day). Many cafes, bakeries and restaurants serve brunch, special menus and other offers for the world’s best mom. The downside of all this is, of course, you could find yourself competing for limited space at your favorite weekend oasis.

Mother’s Day in Germany coincides with a second informal holiday of sorts: Deutscher Sekttag, or German Sekt Day. The simple definition of Sekt is that it is Germany’s version of sparkling wine, much as a cava hails from Spain or a prosecco from Italy’s Veneto region. Whereas sparkling wine is the umbrella term for all wines rendered bubbly by the presence of carbon dioxide, a Sekt is made exclusively from grapes grown within Germany and prepared according to established methods. Fun fact: Germany’s annual consumption of sparkling wine, at about five liters per capita, is the highest in the world.

The German association of sparkling wine producers, known as the Verband Deutscher Sektkellereien, has been promoting its product for over two decades now by organizing open- doors activities at cellars across the land over Mother’s Day weekend.  

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