8 part video series on the history of Champagne filmed in France

My nickname is Bubbles

Maharaja of Jaipur

Brigadier Sawai Bhawani Singh Bahadur was the last Maharaja of Jaipur.
(October 22, 1931 – April 17, 2011)

I know what you are thinking…. yah, that is nice, but what does that have to do with champagne?

Champagne Pliers

Champagne Pliers

Looking for an easy way to get the cork out of a champagne bottle?
Well, give Champagne Pliers a try!

A Champagne Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2012

Let’s pretend these pictured grapes are Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, the three varietals in champagne. Yes, champagne is a perfect wine for Turkey and the Thanksgiving meal! The following are some menu pairing suggestions Read More...

A Champagne for all reasons by Crain's Chicago Business

Kristin Noelle Smith in Crains


Thomas Jefferson on champagne

Thomas Jefferson ThJ

In two weeks, America will be voting in another Presidential election. And speaking of U.S. Presidents... this post is in honor of Thomas Jefferson, THE wine connoisseur of the 18th century and esteemed founder of our nation, who was born 269 years ago... on April 13, 1743. Yes, he was, indeed, an incredible patriot. He suffered numerous family tragedies, but persevered - thank goodness. It’s recorded he was soft spoken and had a speech impediment (no gift for oratory) and thus, would probably not have been selected for public office today, as now the media discourages candidates from running who are not ‘mediagenic’ on tv, but that is a story for another blog. Here is a short list of his magnificent achievements on behalf of America. Thank you Mr. Jefferson!

Another Thomas, Mr. T. J. Craughwell, writes in his new book,
Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée, "...by the time Jefferson toured the (Champagne) region, the famous houses of Moët et Chandon, Taittinger, and Veuve Clicquot (under a different name) were already flourishing... Naturally, Jefferson sampled the renowned wines of Champagne, but initially found them not to his taste..."


Gigi Champagne Scene

Gigi singing the night they invented champagne
Scene from Gigi movie (1958)

Louis Jourdan and Leslie Caron singing,
The Night They Invented Champagne”!

Click on this link to LISTEN:


Bottoms Up

bottoms up
(photo from Richard L. Fetter)

Ever wonder where the phrase “Bottoms Up” comes from? Read More...

Champagne Champaign

Champagne Champaign

In the early 1600s, the region of Champagne in France was a “broad, rolling plain”, where agriculture grew successfully. The Romans named this area campus, which translates to “plain” or “field”, which eventually morphed into the word campana in Italian and champagne in French. (Roman armies invaded Champagne in their conquering of Gaul. They also dug out the crayeres for limestone for roads and buildings, now these ‘chalk pits’ are used as underground cellars for storing champagne.) Read More...

Champagne Crop Report 2012

duval-leroy vineyard

“This year has been unprecedented,” said Dominique Moncomble, the director of technical services of the CIVC, Comité Interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne. And not in a good way. Read More...

Champagne Flute

Leon Bakst 1902 Champagne Flute

Is it just me? or do parts of this painting remind you of a ‘light version’ of ‘The Scream’ Read More...

Be like Bond, as in James 007

James Bond and champagne

For many, when they hear the name James Bond they think “ Shaken, not stirred.”
But for others, it’s

Notorious Champagne Scenes

Notorious by Alfred Hitchcock 1946
This is such a great suspense filled movie!!! You may scroll to 6:20 to begin the champagne drinking (notice her diamond earrings! so exquisite!! Me like! )
The story all works out for the good in the end... that is all I will say for now.... perhaps the champagne helped?!

Need I say more?


Late Disgorgement

Bollinger RD label
What is Disgorgement? It is when the sediment (
lees) is expelled from the bottle. Lees is the wine’s leftover yeast sediment from the 2nd fermentation in the bottle. It is moved into the neck of the bottle via remuage, then flash frozen and expelled completely (disgorgement).

“To be sold as non-vintage Champagne, French law dictates the wine must age at least (on lees) 15 months after the second fermentation begins, and three years if it will bear a vintage date...

Grower Champagnes are Growing in Number

champagne foil tops golden

Grower Champagnes are growing in number. While the big, established champagne brands account for the vast majority of global market sales, there are also much smaller producers. Hundreds of grape growers now create their own champagne, instead of selling their grapes to the larger houses. This trend started to increase around two decades ago. Though these grower champagnes (also called estate grown champagnes) are imported into the States in limited quantities, they have a very loyal (fierce) following. Often, their champagnes are snapped up as soon as they hit the store shelves. Read More...

Champagne Smarts

Champagne Smarts Quiz Blog

Click here for the Champagne Smarts Quiz!


Best champagnes for weddings

Wedding champagne

I’m just going to come right out of the gate here and say

champagne and frosted wedding cake is a horrible combo.

Yes, it’s true. Not sure when this poor pairing tradition started, but unless the wedding cake is not a sweet cake (such as a short cake, pound cake or similar plain cakes not commonly served at weddings), then it’s best to skip the whole custom. Read More...

Royal Warrants for Champagne

Anointing of Louis XIVAnointing of Louis XIV

“Champagne… the wine of kings, the king of wines”, Guy du Maupaussant. Read More...

History of Champagne and Chicago Parallels

Champagne tulip flute tilted

This connection probably sounds very strange to your ears, especially since there are no commercial vineyards in Chicago, but when I was researching for Champagne Journal (film series based upon the history of champagne), I found several interesting parallels to Chicago. Let me explain: Read More...


Bollinger Nebuchadnezzar

A Nebuchadnezzar is equivalent to 20 bottles… so about 80 to 90 glasses. Handle with care! And open with care for that matter too! Read More...

Bond 007 Dom Perignon 1959 Scene

Picture 2

Bond drinking champagne in You Only Live Twice from 1967

Red rover Red rover send the Rosé champagne over!


Rosé champagnes are gaining in popularity in the States with good reason! They taste delicious, look incredibly beautiful and pair terrifically with many everyday foods!

Click here for a handy Rosé Champagne and Rosé Sparkling Wine Guide.

The following blog offers some notes about the History of Rosé champagnes, plus a few suggested food pairings: Read More...

Real Men Drink Pink Champagne

Yes, the title of this blog is play upon the old saying ‘Real men wear pink’... as in pink ties, pink shirts, pink sweaters... In short, this color is definitely not reserved for women only. Watch this above clip and note one of the world’s most handsome, most debonair, most romantic, most sophisticated, most suave, most urbane, most all around wonderful ladies man orders some pink champagne.

The trend is clear, rosé champagne imports into the USA are increasing annually. American men are, indeed, ordering it more frequently.

Champagne helps the brain

Silver dress and champagne

Champagne has something healthy for our minds.  Yet another medical study (this one published March 2011) shows the brain benefits from moderate alcohol consumption and particularly for people over 75 years old to lower their risk of developing dementia (cognitive and intellectual deterioration). Read More...

New World Record for Sabrage - 32 Champagne Bottles in 1 minute

Sabrage (also called sabering) is the art of opening a champagne bottle with a sword, first credited to Napoléon’s Army, who is thought to have started this when leaving for a military campaign in a rush... or to celebrate a victory. Read More...

World's most famous champagne toast

Is this the world’s most famous champagne toast?


Champagne Bar Paris

Le Dokhan Champagne Bar in Paris

Next time you are in Paris... be sure to check out Le Dokhan’s Champagne Bar. It’s housed in a former 18th century residence, now a charming boutique hotel.

“Featuring celadon wood paneling enhanced with gold and antique mirrors, this hotel bar in Paris lights up at night with a fantastic atmosphere. Keeping with its origins as the first Paris champagne bar, the passionate sommeliers introduce patrons to a different champagne house every week with three different cuvées. Le Dokhan's Bar also offers special monthly champagne-tasting events and a choice of over 50 prestigious champagne brands.”

champagne in Le Dokhan Bar in Paris
Le Dokhan Bar in Paris

I like the Empire inspired interior very much! Tres chic!

117 rue de Lauriston - 75116 Paris - France   Phone: 011 33 1 53 65 66 99

Champagne by Alfred Hitchcock 1928


Alfred Hitchcock was a unique genius...most likely never to be repeated ... like Bach and Mozart. Read More...