Plenty of people like to toast a glass of sparkling wine to celebrate their birthday, but always finishing her bubbly may explain how one champagne-loving centenarian got there in the first place.
Back when I was of just-barely-legal drinking age, when the number-one quality I looked for in an alcoholic beverage was its cheapness and coldness, my go-to wine was André. In Alabama, where I grew up, a law had been on the books for years banning the sale of beer over a certain ABV. The law has since been eliminated, leading to a boom of excellent craft beer in the state, but in the days before it, the cheap alcohol choices were mass market beers, malt beverages, and a beloved sparkling wine called André.
The pop of a Champagne bottle signifies a party has begun.