Wine of the Week: Veuve Clicquot

I was first introduced to Veuve Clicquot when we read The Widow Clicquot for my book club. I absolutely LOVED the book and I learned so much about the history of champagne, which made me appreciate it even more. When we met up for book club it was a given that we had to try Veuve Clicquot for ourselves. One of the things that got me fired up was the girl power in this story. Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin took over the business after her husband passed in a time where few women were in leadership positions.

The Widow Clicquot

This YouTube video gives you a brief overview of the the history of Veuve Clicquot:

We were able to try both the Yellow Label and Rose bottles. The Yellow Label is a perfect blend and might be my new favorite champagne. It has notes of fruit followed by aromas of brioche and vanilla. The Rose has notes of raspberry, wild strawberry and cherry and is described as elegant and sensual. I was a huge fan of the Yellow Label. I would absolutely get this again for a special occasion.

Veuve Clicquot

Here is a painting of the Grande Dame herself. You can see also see this on the cage of every bottle:

the grande dame

Clicquot Cage

Here are a few tidbits about Veuve Clicquot that you may not have known:

  • The anchor, the Christian symbol for hope and rigour, was chosen in 1798 by Phillippe Clicquot.
  • Non-vintage wines are aged in the cellar for a minimum of 30 months, more than twice as long as the champagne regulations require.
  • To taste Veuve Clicquot, you must keep it between 10 and 12C, serve it around 8C and taste it between 9 and 10C. If the temperature is too low it will prevent the development of aromas.
  • Veuve means widow (named after the Widow Clicquot).
  • They were the first champagne house to produce rose Champagne.

What wines are you planning to try in 2016?

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Five on Friday: Champagne Edition

Ladies and gentleman…I must present to you – The Chambong! One of my friends introduced this to me last week and I couldn’t believe my eyes! I feel like this was made just for me as I love champagne! I decided to make this week’s post all about champagne.


The Chambong is a mere $25 and is dishwasher safe! Their logo is an elephant named Champy, I don’t really see how this could be any better. I’m definitely getting one for my next party, you can see how it works in this video:

Once you get your Chambong, you must add this Press For Champagne Framed Vintage Button ($92) and yes, it rings.

press for champagne

I found this Champagne Burlap Table Runner ($24) while I was searching for something else and thought it was super cute!

Champagne table runner

I’ve mentioned this Jonathan Adler Champagne Pop Candle ($42) before and it’s still just as awesome! I mean, they describe it as “New Year’s Eve, silk-satin sheets, a million bucks.” They also have vodka and bourbon versions.

champagne pop candle

Last but not least is a graphic tee, which I love, this Will Wake Up For Champagne Tee ($25). Perfect for brunch and you could dress it up with some fun jewelry. It also comes in gold print.

will wake up for champagne

Which ones are your favorites? And more importantly, will you be trying the Chambong?

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Wine of the Week: M. Lawrence Champagne

It’s New Year’s Eve! What better time is there for champagne? This week’s wine is M. Lawrence champagnes…there is nothing better to sip during a celebration!

I first visited M. Lawrence a few years back during a girl’s weekend. The winery was a ton of fun and we got to sample all of the different champagnes. One of our favorites was M. Lawrence’s Sex, a sparkling Brut Rose wine made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes.

lmawby sex

It’s also a great gift to bring to a wedding shower or bachelorette party. They have a number of other sparkling wines including WetUSFizzSandpiperDetroitGreen, and Redd. My favorites are Wet, Sex and Detroit. I also love that they call their wine club members Bubbleheads, who doesn’t want to be a bubblehead?

It is recommended that you chill your bubbly for about 20 minutes or so before you pop the cork.

I also have some exciting news to share with you! Coming very soon, I am participating in a fun wine linkup with Erin from Living in YellowEva Marie Taylor and Val from Chicken Scratch. In the meantime you can check out the #siphappensparty hashtag for some of our sneak peaks. I will be posting one of mine on my Instagram here, so stay tuned!

I can’t wait to enjoy some bubbly tonight as we celebrate the end of 2013 and welcome 2014. What bubbly will you celebrate with tonight?

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