Great question, Mr. Mayor! I had no idea, so I just did a little research. Here’s what I found:
This now rare wine was once the sweet sparkling wine of the the bargain minded. In theory it is a mix of Champagne and sparkling Burgundy (often red). More often than not it had a less noble birth. The term comes from the German "Kalte Ente" (cold duck) which in turn is a corruption of "Kalte Ende" (cold end) which refers to the practice of marrying all of the left over wine after a banquet. "
Jennifer, my parents also served Cold Duck all the time when it was popular. Loved your story! It was always fun watching the "grown-ups" do things… [:D]
Oh, another little piece of useless knowledge that I have scattered all over my brain: Did y’all know Neil Diamond’s song, "Cracklin’ Rose", was about sparking red wine? "A poor man’s lady", etc.