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

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”!

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La Traviata's Drinking Song

This above Youtube version has helpful English subtitles, but there is another clip of clearer visual quality below without subtitles.

Note: Violetta is celebrating with champagne her recovery from consumption / tuberculosis.
Sadly, she dies in the end. (Yah, yet another opera where the lead woman dies...) but in the meantime, she is paying tribute to life, love, and happiness! And we should too!

Act 1
The salon in Violetta's house
Violetta Valéry, a famed courtesan throws a lavish party at her Paris salon to celebrate her recovery from an illness. Gastone, a count, has brought with him his friend, the young nobleman Alfredo Germont, who has long adored Violetta from afar. While walking to the salon, Gastone tells Violetta that Alfredo loves her, and that while she was ill, he came to her house every day. Alfredo joins them, admitting the truth of Gastone's remarks. The Baron, Violetta's current lover, waits nearby to escort her to the salon where the Baron is asked to give a toast, but he refuses, and the crowd turns to Alfredo (Alfredo, Violetta, chorus: Libiamo ne’lieti calici – "Drinking song"). Read more about La Traviata on wikipedia.

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Champagne Charlie


‘Champagne Charlie’ was the nickname Americans first bestowed upon Charles Hiedsieck, because they had difficulty pronouncing his last name. Charles was the first owner of a champagne house to visit the United States (1861). Read More...