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How to Drink Champagne VIRGINIE T. with Virginie Taittinger


“Remember, gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne!” was Winston Churchill’s cri de guerre.  Only gentlemen…what about the ladies? Didn’t he know that, throughout history, women were responsible for making some of the great Champagne houses of France famous? Virginie Taittinger, our guest today, is one of those women!

Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin gave us Veuve Clicquot, Louise Pommery invented Brut, and Camille Olry-Roederer understood that celebrity and business go hand-in-hand!  Now, Virginie Taittinger has joined the sorority.

Her bloodline sparkles. It’s no wonder, as her mother is a Piper-Heidsieck and her father ran Taittinger for 45 years. Trained by the best, Virginie is out on her own, following in those celebrated footsteps, doing what she was born to do – bottling bubbly.

Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Not only is her champagne delicious, but the packaging is divine. The red-hot box transforms into an ice bucket. Pop the bottle into the bucket with ice and, when the label turns red, it’s ready to drink!

We know that Churchill ‘s drink of choice was his Pol Roger. Maybe if Champagne Virginie T, had been around then, he might have switched camps.

Pu-pu platters, flaming cocktails and, of course, the original Mai-Tai should evoke just one name: Trader Vic’s, the home of the Tiki Cocktail!  Come back next week to find out how one man named Odysseus found his home, not in Greece, but at Trader Vic’s in the London Hilton Park Lane.

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