Foursquare, the recently-rejiggered local search app, can provide a wealth of handy info—for instance, I recently asked the company’s data gurus what cities in the US mention Champagne the most when using the app. The results weren’t all that surprising: Las Vegas took first place, followed by Los Angeles and Washington DC. Gamblers, movie stars, and politicians. You got that right.
The places that mentioned Champagne the least were more interesting. In third place was Phoenix, AZ—too hot for Champagne? Jealousy that while neighboring New Mexico has a famous sparkling wine producer (Gruet), Arizona does not? It remains a mystery. In second place for never-mentioning-Champagne-if-at-all-possible was Napa, California. That one I get, even if most winemakers I know there guzzle Champagne like it’s water.
But the city in America that mentions Champagne the least—the populace just absolutely, totally and thoroughly uninterested in bubbles—is Lake Buena Vista, Florida. My first response was “huh?” until I checked it out and found that Lake B.V. is actually the home of Walt Disney World (plus Epcot, etc. etc.). Evidently the Mouse frowns on the fizz. Who knew.