The champagne toast is one of my favorite customs. I’m all about celebrating happy moments with sparkly wine, so hey, what’s not to love? But lately I’ve been thinking that the traditional requirements for what constitutes a champagne-worthy moment are way too predictable (not to mention way too rare). Major milestones like engagements, weddings, buying a house, having a baby, or getting a promotion certainly deserve a toast, but what about the less obvious occasions that may or may not be life-changing, but sure as hell feel like it at the time? Things like paying off your credit card debt, adopting a pet, or finding out you’re STD free. I’ll drink to all that! Here are 30 oft-overlooked life moments that totally deserve a glass of bubbly, AKA 30 reasons we should all be joyously drinking champagne all the time… Keep reading »
Just like you shouldn’t limit your New Year’s Eve sequin intake to your dress (get yourself a really fabulous pair of sequined shoes too!), I’m also of the mind that you shouldn’t limit your NYE champagne intake to simply drinking it. Have your fizzy and eat it too with these awesome champagne desserts. Rose champagne macarons, strawberry champagne cupcakes, chocolate champagne truffles, peach champagne jello shots, mimosa donuts (!) — they’re all here, and more. Click through for drool-worthy pics and recipes!
Ladies and gentlemen, behold the world’s first champagne vending machine, which has been unveiled at Selfridge’s department store in London. The shiny dream machine uses a golden robotic arm to gently dispense jewel-encrusted mini bottles of Moet & Chandon champagne for $30 a pop, and I want one of these in my house RIGHT NOW. I know what you’re thinking: But Winona, couldn’t you just fill your fridge with champagne and call it a champagne vending machine? Well… that’s an excellent point. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go buy 100 mini bottles of champagne, some jewels, and a hot glue gun. Cheers! [Daily Mail]
Champagne and sparkling wines are wonderful on their own, but sometimes you want a little something extra. If you’re looking to change up your New Year’s Eve sipping options, click on the gallery to check out 7 simple champagne-based cocktails perfect for toasting to 2013. Cheers!
Happy New Year’s Eve! Is it cocktail time yet? If I’ve learned one thing in my life, it’s never miss a chance to drink champagne! Tonight I’m going to be serving up one of my favorite recipes that require the bubbly — pink champagne to be exact. This cocktail has been my kryptonite since I turned legal. The instructions are so simple, I can even make myself one after I’ve had too many. Check out my perfect buzz-making concoction, which I’ve named “P***y Fresh Out Of The Shower,” after the jump… Keep reading »
Remember when Monsieur Louboutin collaborated with Piper-Heidsieck to bring you designer champers? Now very cool Indian designer Manish Arora has joined forces with Pommery to dress its Brut Royal Champagne bottle for a limited edition run of 1,500 bottles available in-store until Valentine’s Day. Unclear what a bottle of booze needs with clothes but hey, why not? [WWD] Keep reading »
How many times while I was growing up did my mother exhort me to get more polyphenols into my diet? So many! If I’d been paying better attention, I probably would have heard her explain that fruits and vegetables with high levels of polyphenals supposedly increase nitric oxide levels, which widen blood vessels and ease pressure on the heart and brain. Green and white teas also have oodles of polyphenols. Now, I enjoy a chocolate-dipped strawberry as much as the next guy, but tea has never been my thing. No need to worry any longer though, Mom, because British academics report that champagne is packed with the stuff. Cava and prosecco also provide similar benefits. I’ll be responsible here and advise the obvious moderation, because the American Heart Association says the health benefits of alcohol are limited to one to two servings a day, but I guess some of us have been taking better care of ourselves than we thought. And ‘tis the season to get my polyphenols on. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
Christian Louboutin sure knows his customer. First he gave women bitchy red-soled stilettos that practically beg to be taken out for a night on the town. Now he’s providing the booze. Last night, the designer launched his very own champagne in collaboration with Piper-Heidsieck, at, according to his press agent anyway, “an exclusive private press viewing of a scandalous ritual which, having thrived in the 19th century, became emblematic of a luxurious era when Europe was living life to the fullest.” Whatever that means. It’s well known that Loubs loves to swing on the trapeze, but we’re pretty sure that’s not what they’re referring to, and we were too busy to attend, sniff. Next, he’s opening up a dating service. (Just kidding on that last one, but a girl can dream.) Keep reading »
The Times reports that champagne sales are down this holiday season and not necessarily because people can’t afford the bubbly. Amid layoffs, foreclosures and other economic losses, as well as a shortage of the usual celebratory occasions like “mergers, closings, bonuses and office parties,” “People just don’t want to look extravagant today,” said Paul Grieco, a Manhattan restaurateur. “They still want to drink, so they cut out the Champagne and go directly to whatever they’re drinking with dinner.” Convinced this includes sparkling wine priced $10 to $20, “the sweet spot these days for good wine values,” the Times gathered a wine panel to taste test 25 bottles, admitting that, “While our price range was $10 to $20, most of the wines in the tasting were $15 to $20.” This makes total sense since a $15 bottle of sparkling wine looks so much less extravagant than a $15 bottle of champagne. “Let’s be honest,” the reporter mused, ”none of these bottles will match a very good Champagne. But they cost half what you would pay these days for the least expensive Champagne.” Half as much, huh? Clearly the Times has never heard of Andre.
So have you been cutting down on your Champagne toasts this holiday season because of the recession? And if so, what are you drinking it its place? [NYTimes]
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That bubbly stuff you buy at the liquor store for $9.99 and call “champagne” is probably not champagne. I hate to break it to you, but it is most likely sparkling wine, which sounds a whole lot less classy, but that’s the truth. Only sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region of France can be called champagne. Because there’s so much demand for champagne, the group that controls the wine-growing boundaries will probably add 40 villages to the Champagne region so that more bubbly can be labeled as champagne. Sadly, we doubt this will have an effect on the cost of champagne, so you (and I) will have to continue guzzling our sparkling wine. [May I recommend the Italian sparkling wine, called "prosecco"? It's the best. -- Editor] [BBC] Keep reading »