I LOVE Champagne!

Bonjour,

3 reasons to raise a glass (or 2!) of Champagne:  1- It’s spring. So exciting! 2- One of my articles was published as the Editor’s Pick of the Week by the influential mega blog Good Life France. Oui!  3- I’m about to launch a new online nutrition program – don’t worry, you’ll be the FIRST to know about it!

 

One of my favourite Champagne.

One of my favourite Champagne.

Champagne… These 9 letters immediately give me goosebumps! Beautiful, long, pleasurable goosebumps!

Just like Napoleon, I can’t imagine my life without Champagne.  As he used to say: “I drink Champagne when I win, to celebrate. I drink Champagne when I lose, to console myself.”

If you don’t go overboard -one of the key principles of the French Paradox– Champagne (discovered  by French monk Dom Perignon in the XVIIth century) is both comparatively healthy and not fattening. Very dry, it is quite low in calories, lower than red or white wines. Bubbles are proved to make you drink slower and make you feel full quicker. Research also found that Champagne seems to help short term memory. Made of red and white grapes, Champagne contains resveratrol, the antioxidant found in red wine very beneficial to heart health. Quality Champagne is also low in histamines and usually doesn’t trigger headaches.

 

Glamour and Champagne... in a coupe.

Glamour and Champagne… in a coupe.

Mireille Guiliano, one of the French Paradox pioneers with her best-seller French Women Don’t Get Fat also talks beautifully about Champagne, one of the cornerstones of the French way of living and culture: “I love the mood Champagne creates, the feeling no other wine can come close to: celebration, life-affirming joy. I find Champagne a forgiving wine, too. The drama in the glass makes it hard to drink it too quickly.” As a former Veuve Clicquot VP, Mireille knows one thing or 2 about this unique festive wine: “Seafood and fish are what I love best with my glass of bubbly. Fish preparations, as long as they are not heavy on cream, are wonderful with Champagne. White meats are a great match too and as for veggies, mushrooms are the ideal marriage.” Her super easy and super quick Chicken au Champagne recipe is simply the best. Click HERE to get the recipe and impress your guests!

The UNESCO World Heritage listing of Champagne should be announced next June! After obtaining the exclusive worldwide use of the Champagne name (even Yves Saint Laurent had to change the name of its popular perfume called Champagne, costing millions of dollars to the French luxury brand), this new listing will be very helpful to strengthen its unique status. A big win to fight the cheap artificially carbonated fizzy wines, which are currently invading the market. This new major acknowledgement will go nicely with the gastronomic diet of the French status as a ‘World Heritage Treasure’ granted by the UNESCO in 2010.

To master the art of Champagne drinking, here are 3 French etiquette rules to follow by the letter:

– Always drink Champagne with food.

– Never drink with food that kills Champagne’s flavours such as asparagus and -unfortunately- chocolate.

– Enjoy it out of coupes and not flutes.

Love and Champagne... in a coupe.

Love and Champagne… in a coupe.

Coupes are back in all super chic trendy bars from NYC to Paris. They are the true symbol of chic, glamour and ‘classe’. Legend has it that the coupe glass was moulded from Marie-Antoinette’s left breast. Others will say it was from the Marquise de Pompadour, Madame du Barry or even the Imperatrice Josephine, Napoleon’s wife… Its small size and its rounded shape make it perfect to hold and definitely brings much more ‘allure’. In summer nothing can beat the chic of a Piscine (literally Swimming Pool): simply pour quality Champagne over crushed ice in a coupe… You are back in the glamourous 50s or 60s in Saint-Germain in Paris..

I actually collect vintage Campagne coupes… I know…

What about you? Do you also go mad for Champagne? Which one do you prefer? Don’t be shy: tell me in the ‘Reply’ box below.

À la vôtre! … And enjoy (in moderation as always!).

Yves

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4 Comments
  1. Fantastic reading

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  2. I am so relieved to read this most essential information about my beloved Champagne. My drop of choice. Thankyou I will be enjoying Christmas ever so much more with a glass or two only of French!!

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  3. That would be fantastic! Yves

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