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

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 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!

Bottoms Up

bottoms up
(photo from Richard L. Fetter)

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


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...

New World Record Price for a Bottle of Champagne

Czar Alexander II of Russia

In July 2010, a load of shipwrecked bottles of champagne was discovered by divers off the Åland
Islands of Finland, in the Baltic Sea (situated between Sweden and Finland). All together 168 bottles were brought to the surface, not all were intact.