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

Business Lesson 10 to learn from champagne

Claude MOET
Claude Moët

10. First mover advantage.

It goes without saying, one must have a good product to build up a first mover advantage. And by most accounts, champagne is, indeed, a very good product!!! Though the champagne bubbles were first considered a flaw and the winemakers tried everything to get rid of them (especially the monks... they couldn't have fizzy wine for their mass service). Read More...

Business Lesson 9 to learn from champagne

Krug label

9. The Law of Supply and Demand.

Krug Champagne also offers single vineyard champagnes. These break the rules of blending and don’t use grapes from multiple vineyards. Instead, just as it sounds, the grapes come from a small, single vineyard. Read More...

Champagne, Shrimp and Pasta

champagne shrimp pastaphoto credit Venguyen

Tres easy and tres elegant! Try this champagne, shrimp and pasta dish!

"Toss hot, cooked pasta with cream and parsley, spoon the rich shrimp with champagne and cream sauce over the pasta, and top with

Business Lesson 8 to learn from champagne


8. Don't accept defeat!

Never never never quit. Iron sharpens iron. Fall down 7 times, get up 8. There is a law of nature that states the best products always are made under difficult circumstances, because they are forced to surpass themselves. Champagne is no exception to this law. Read More...

Champagne Truffle Recipe


A delicious, satisfying small treat with only 88 calories!

Looking for a great make ahead gift idea for the holidays or for yourself anytime? Give Cooking Light's Champagne Truffle Recipe a try! Hands on 20 minutes to assemble, 2 hours to chill dough, then scoop into balls and refrigerate until ready to serve. Read More...

How to best clean your champagne glasses


Follow these recommended steps for getting your flutes ready!

Wash by hand one at a time. Don’t put in the dishwasher.

1. Use a paper towel to wipe around the rim to eliminate any smudges from lips, due to food or lipstick for example.

Business Lesson 7 to learn from champagne


7. Think Vertical Integration.

Following the French Revolution in the late 18th century, the Champagne vineyards, previously owned by the clergy and wealthy, were confiscated by the State and divided into many small plots and sold. Read More...

Business Lesson 6 to learn from champagne

Veuve Clicquot lable

6. Build a better mousetrap.

Improving an existing product may just be the path to your fortune. Read More...

Business Lesson 5 to learn from champagne

Affiche Louise Pommery

5. Listen to the market.

Do this even when your company staff is skeptical and fears losing customers who like the way your product/service currently is. Status quo is frequently not the way to go. Read More...

Business Lesson 4 to learn from champagne

Louis XIV Sun King

4. Harness the power of celebrity spokespersons or endorsers.

The wines of Champagne were mostly known locally until the French kings, who resided in the Palace of Versailles, helped spread their popularity within France and other countries. Louis XIV first tasted champagne as a teenager at his coronation in the Cathedral of Rheims in 1654 (located in the heart of the Champagne region), and afterwards, it is reported he rarely drank anything else. Read More...

Business Lesson 3 to learn from champagne

champagne chiling

3. Don't come from a place of no.

It took two young widows, who both inherited their husband’s champagne firms, and both without any prior business experience, to solve the champagne bottle’s sediment puzzle that had been dogging the winemakers for over 100 years, and to create a new type of dry champagne that dominates the world market today!

Business Lesson 2 to learn from champagne

champagne tops

2. Do the never.

A monk named Dom Pérignon was appointed the business manager of the Abbey of Hautvillers, located in Champagne, at the age of 30 in 1668. The Abbey had been left in ruins, due to many wars and invaders. Among his responsibilities was the restoration of its vineyards and cellars.
Because of his dedication to hard work, he created multiple new improvements to the process of making wine. Read More...

Business Lesson 1 to learn from champagne

champagne foil caps

1. Turn a setback into a setup.

The law of polarity is when something appears to be truly bad, there must be something about it that is truly marvelous as well. Napoléon’s last military invasion was into Russia. It ended in failure and in full retreat back to France in 1814. The coalition of ‘enemy’ armies from Russia, Prussia and Austria subsequently invaded France. They plundered whatever they could and this included millions of champagne bottles lying peacefully within the miles of cellars throughout the region. Read More...

Champagne sips and chips

Marilyn loves champagne with potato chips

"Hey, did you ever try dunking a potato chip in Champagne. It's real crazy!"
Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch (1955)

Sippin Champagne at Versailles

Lots of delicious champagne flowing at Le Grand Gala Extraordinaire at the Palace of Versailles!

G.H. Mumm was the bubbly of choice! Yum!

It was a fabulous night hosted by the American Friends of Versailles, to benefit a restoration project at the Château.

Selfridges new Champagne Bar

Champagne Bar Selfridges

"Situated in the corner of Womenswear Designer Galleries, and housed within a beautifully designed art deco room, The Corner Restaurant and Champagne Bar is a fantastic new dining venue for prestigious retailer Selfridges… The second floor of Selfridges is very much focused on high-end ladies fashion, including many bespoke lines, so
The Corner Restaurant and Champagne Bar was designed as a high quality restaurant that would appeal to a specific type of customer…" Read More...

No more fake champagne in China

Moets Spirit of 1743 hot air balloon
Moet's "Spirit of 1743" hot air balloon over the Great Wall of China

"No more fake bubbly in China — at least in theory,” wrote Le Figaro, reporting on the announcement that Beijing has agreed to restrict use of the name to wines produced in the Champagne region of France. Up until now, the name Champagne had been misapplied to “mediocre sparkling wines and vulgar sodas,” according to the French daily. Henceforth, it can only be used to describe the two million bottles — and rising — of genuine Champagne that are annually exported to China.

The Chinese decision represents a victory for President François Hollande, who negotiated the deal during a recent visit to Beijing, and for Champagne producers who jealously guard France’s most prestigious appellation d’origine contrôlée, or protected designation of origin. Under French law, the only sparkling wine anywhere in the world that merits the name Champagne must be made from grapes grown on officially designated plots of land in France. France’s Champagne Committee — motto: “It’s not Champagne if it’s not Champagne” — has been fighting since 1935 against what it says amounts to hundreds of instances each year of the name being abused."

"Currently, non-sparkling varieties account for an estimated 99.5 percent of the China market, while consumers remain indifferent to wine’s bubbly brethren… This summer, Moët is slated to launch the Chandon Ningxia winery, which the winemaker developed in China with joint venture partner SOE Nongken. The winery will producing high-end method Champenoise sparkling white wine exclusively for the China market, from locally grown Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc grapes…"

A Great Gatbsy post

Moet et Chandon Imperial from The Great Gatsby

Isn't this is beautiful pic! In a scene from Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," a flapper pours a 15-liter bottle of Moet & Chandon Imperial Champagne over a towering pyramid of Champagne flutes at one of Jay Gatsby's lavish parties. (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Picture)

My guess is that it is a
Nebuchadnezzar size bottle, equivalent to 20 bottles… so about 80 to 90 glasses. See my post on this awesome champagne bottle! FUN!

"The parties in F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic novel are the stuff of legend, not only in fictional West Egg but the real world as well. Now "The Great Gatsby" is inspiring Champagne-soaked soirees from coast to coast. New York City's Plaza Hotel, a Fitzgerald hangout featured in both the book and Baz Luhrmann's movie, opening May 10, is celebrating by turning its famous lounge into a Gatsby-esque Moet Champagne Bar with Imperial Gatsby cocktails."

Can't wait to see the movie..though it's going to be difficult to improve upon Redford and Farrow! Read more here:
By Jackie Burrell, Contra Costa Times


The Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne

Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne

Champagne is indeed about old friends and new friends!

The Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne
A New Sparkle
by Karen Taylor

"The original Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne was a wine academy founded by a group of hedonistic young aristocrats who frequented the court of Louis XIV. The coteaux in question were the hillsides in Aÿ, Avenay and Hautvillers, where the best Champagne grapes were grown. The order did not survive the French Revolution but was revived in 1956 when several Champagne makers decided to launch a wine fraternity. Unlike other such groups, this one was conceived to be inclusive, its mission being to promote all of the region’s wines. Several large houses—Taittinger, Laurent-Perrier, Mumm—were among the founding members. As today, the nascent OCC’s leading activity was hosting induction dinners, or Chapitres, several times a year, the most impressive being the “Chapitre de la Fleur de Vigne.” That lavish celebration of the flowering of the vines is still held every June in the majestic Palais du Tau, the former Bishop’s Residence adjacent to the Reims Cathedral." Read More...

Sugar Free champagne becoming more popular

Sugar Free Champagne
London Evening Standard

Sugar Free champagne means no dosage has been added. Some other names for this type of champagne are 'Ultra Brut' and 'Brut Sauvage'. These champagnes are very dry and not commonly found. I personally love them, but some may not like this taste at all and find them too sour. Give it a try, if you haven't already, as the calories are about 50% less (due to the lack of added sugar) than a normal size glass of champagne. Read More...

Champagne in the Arts Exhibition


The Musee des Beaux-Arts de Reims is hosting an exhibition on "champagne in the arts" at until May 26, 2013. 


Voltaire Pommery Bar in London

Pommery Union Jack bottle

Voltaire Pommery Bar to Open in London on February 14, 2013. It will showcase London's largest collection of Pommery Champagne! Read More...