Category: Champagne


Whatever Pops Your Cork – How to open a bottle of Champagne

Tweet this!Everyone’s seen at least one Champagne shower:  the victorious team at an Indy 500 race spraying each other with magnums of bubbly, or the winning team at the World Series showering the locker room.  This is how not to open a bottle of Champagne.  There’s an old saying about opening Champagne:  “The ear’s loss […]


When did Happy Hour First Start?

Tweet this! Legend has it that the “cocktail hour” (which eventually became happy hour) was born during Prohibition.  Manhattan speak-easy owners had a deal with the local police:  places like “21” wouldn’t open their doors until 6 p.m.  But one establishment -Tony’s at 42nd East 53 St. – pushed these delicate boundaries, defying convention and […]


Perfect Holiday Christmas Gift for All Champagne Lovers

Tweet this!What do you give someone that has everything?  Well you can never go wrong with giving them another bottle of their favorite Champagne, that’s for sure.  The problem with that, is that most likely that bottle will be gone within that day or even seconds and hopefully that person shared a glass with you. […]


A Woman’s Dream Come True: Piper-Heidsieck Champagne & Christian Louboutin

Tweet this!In 19th century Russia, gentleman patrons celebrated a ballerina’s triumphant performance by raising her champagne-filled slipper in a toast. Scandalously, this tradition was adopted at the Folies Bergère in Belle Époque Paris, where the revelry of the dancers and their admirers often transcended just the dancing. Piper-Heidsieck has resurrected this tradition with Le Rituel […]


Fine Champagne Magazine Rated Armand de Brignac, World’s No 1 Champagne!

Tweet this!1,000 Champagnes were blind-tasted by the world’s most respected wine critics and sommeliers recently. The results were published in Fine Champagne magazine, the only international publication devoted to Champagne and a renowned authority on the industry. Each Champagne was rated on a 100-point scale. The process was so strict that, if judges’ assessments were […]


Think Pink! Pink Party, Pink Cocktails & Pink Sweets

Tweet this!Think Pink! In honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur has simple ways to get you involved in the cause this month. Chambord is donating $15,000 to the Breast Cancer Network of Strength and is supporting local breast cancer organizations with various initiatives in October. Chambord has created tips for […]


Adding a Sparkle to the Day – Dom Perignon Champagne

Tweet this!In 1168, a young, blind Benedictine monk named Dom Pierre Perignon became the cellar master (and chief accountant) at the Abbey d’Hautvillers.  The Champenois abbeys had already earned a reputation for producing not only the best roses, honey-colored wines, and whites, but also a dubious local specialty:  vin blanc mousseux (sparkling white wine) which […]


The night Champagne was invented

Tweet this!Let’s set the record straight – Champagne is only made in France.  Everything else is sparkling wine (which, by the way, can be truly excellent).  So what made France’s Champagne region the Champagne hot spot?  Chalk.  That’s right.  The stubs teachers use to write on black slate.  The stark-white rock that greets you from […]


Storing Champagne

Tweet this!Champagne is a delicate and sensitive wine that will spoil if it is poorly stored.  If you are going to keep champagne for more than two months it is best to store it in total darkness, undisturbed, and at a constant temperature.  Nonvintage champagne benefits from six to eight months storage – it tastes […]


Secret to making a Successful Cocktail

Tweet this! The secret to making a successful cocktail at home is to keep them simple.  And with fabulous champagne as the main magic ingredient, they are bound to taste good!  The million-dollar question is, of course, what sort of champagne should you use?  Personally, I think it’s a mistake to use vintage, deluxe champagne […]