‘The Veuve Clicquot Rolling Diner’ [Berlin July 5 – July 25, 2011]

The Clicquot Rolling Diner is an unconventional street food concept that has been popping up at random locations throughout Berlin.

The Rolling Diner team has teamed up with Berlin foodies, Chipps to deliver inventive dishes like Trüffel-Currywurst and Crêpe de la Bastille.

An original 1950’s Airstream food wagon has been modified into a bright ‘Veuve Clicquot-yellow’ diner that tours the streets of Berlin serving unique streetfood with champagne. The first stop was KaDeWe for Fashion Week, which was clear to be more than a success.

It is an open, unmarked territory—a gastronomical no man’s land and this is the reason that Veuve Clicquot chose Berlin as the place to execute its concept.
Brand manager, Saskia Farnholz wants to demonstrates that champagne can go with food without diminishing its quality. “We needed something that travels, is visible, and can get across the idea that you can mix street food with champagne—even heavy German food.

Christofle Introduces Exclusive Champagne & Sabrage Classes

For almost two centuries Christofle has been a leader in the art of silver, and a proponent of innovation and design. From Silver to champagne, Christofle is now taking luxury to a whole new level.

Christofle has recently launched a Champagne website reflecting taste, and their brand’s commitment to excellence which has been acquired through its long and prestigious history.

This website [ChampagneSabrage.com] features Christofle’s newest luxury services which focuses solely on Champagne. Led by President and CEO Nicolas Krafft, these offerings include Champagne tastings, demonstrations, and classes teaching the art of Sabrage.

Three classes are being offered: ranging from the moderately-priced introductions to sabrage to more exclusive in-depth seminars.

Brut – a basic Sabrage training for 12 people (starting at $70 per person);

Grand Cuvée – a personal Sabrage for each person, plus a 20 minute tutorial on Champagne for 4 to 10 people (staring at $150 per person); and

VIP – a 2-hour master class on the history and evolution of Champagne for groups of 6 or 12 that includes a tasting of 5 fine Champagnes ($200 per person). Classes are offered at Christofle store locations only.

Pol Roger Re-Names Street After Sir Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill once described Pol Roger’s headquarters in Epernay as “The world’s most drinkable address”. Most recently, in homage to the relationship the former British Prime Minister had with the Champagne house, the municipality and Pol Roger worked out to rename the street where Pol Roger is based after the Statesman.

A spokesperson for the Champagne house in Epernay confirmed the street has been renamed with the new address: 1 Rue Winston Churchill.

“We are thrilled,” said Pol Roger U.K. director James Simpson, “to discover that Pol Roger has now moved house but curiously has remained in the same place.”

Churchill’s relationship with Pol Roger commenced around 1945. Shortly after the liberation of Paris, he received an invitation to attend a luncheon given by the British ambassador to France, and at this event he met the charming Odette Pol Roger, who eventually became a life-long friend.

Shortly after the death of Sir Winston Churchill, in 1965, Pol Roger ordered black-bordered labels to be placed on all their labels. In 1984 they also introduced a prestige cuvée named after him and made it in the robust, mature style he liked.

Most recently, Pol Roger’s white foil Brut Réserve Champagne NV was served at the wedding reception of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace.

Kate Moss Wedding – Grateful for being patient, Kate had a bottle of Moet delivered to each home

Newlyweds Kate Moss and Jamie Hince made a grand exit when they were airlifted out of the Cotswolds by helicopter.

The cover girl’s going away outfit was a cream Stella McCartney suit.

And the wedding after-party was a massive success – many of the A-list guests celebrated until the early hours of the morning, which included Jude Law, Sadie Frost, Jade Jagger and Meg Mathews.

Kate and Jamie’s wedding was an affair that lasted three days.

Grateful for the patience of locals over the celebration dubbed ‘Moss-stock’, the couple had a bottle of Moet champagne delivered to each household in their village.

Although the price of the marathon celebration has not been released, it’s estimated to have cost around £1 million.

The location of the honeymoon also remains unknown – although it’s been rumored that the happy couple were headed to Africa or Thailand for an adventurous getaway.

The Mystery is Solved: The Most Expensive Champagne in the World was Purchased by “Buyan” a Singapore Russian Restaurant

History was made when Buyan Russian Haute Cuisine & Caviar Bar located in the Republic of Singapore, won the world’s most expensive Champagne in a fierce bidding war. Buyan, which offers both inexpensive traditional Russian fare as well as Russian haute cuisine meant for the Tsars, has paid €30,000 (SGD 43,630) for a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, which is estimated to be 170 years old.

All 145 bottles discovered in the shipwreck were opened, tasted and re-corked with the best two bottles acquired by Buyan. These historical bottles which still have bubbles – indicative of their fine quality – will indeed be drunk one day, but not in the very near future. The Veuve Clicquot Champagne itself is said to have “notes of linden blossoms and lime peels” and was pronounced by world renowned Champagne expert Richard Juhlin, who tasted some of the bottles last year as, “…great… wonderful… with an intense aroma…”

Buyan also paid €24,000 for Juglar, a now-defunct house of champagne that used to be one of the favourites of Napoleon I. He awarded a gold medal to the House of Juglar in 1810, 19 years before the estate was bought over by Jacquesson.
These two bottles will be added to Buyan’s existing collection of seven bottles of 1907 Charles Heidsieck & Monopole Champagnes found in another shipwreck in the Baltic Sea. These were part of a Swedish cargo sunk by a German U-boat during World War I in 1916. These bottles were also on their way to the court of the last Tsar Nicholas II, great grandson of Nicholas I.

Another historical wine in Buyan’s possession is the oldest drinkable wine in Asia, a Vin Jaune from 1821, which will not be put up for sale. Buyan currently also owns 20 bottles of the world’s most rare vintage wines – some of which pre-date the two world wars and are actually available on their wine list including a 1877 Chateau Margaux, a 1883 Lafite Rotschild and a 1859 Mouton Rothschild.