#Champagne Birthdays! A Story by @ChampagneMemori

Champagne Pairing

It is a culinary delight to attend dinners where each course is paired with Champagne.  The idea of drinking Champagne with the entire meal is wonderful (of course!), but to have the Champagnes perfectly paired with beautiful tasting food just excites and awakens all my senses.

Each year on the 16th December, I love to celebrate Jane Austen’s birthday. I love her stories, for me they are such an escape. It is not simply about the dashingly handsome men or the genteel women. It is the whole experience. I romanticize about the regency age, however, would never want to live in that time. I can’t imagine life without my iphone. ;)

So on Jane Austen’s birthday each year, I would gather my friends, to drink Champagne and read quotes. My Champagne of choice was always Veuve Cliquot because on the bottle I saw the year 1772 and as Jane Austen was born in 1775, I thought that it was lovely to drink from a Champagne house of the same time.

As my love for Champagne grew and grew, I looked further into the history of the various house. I happen to discover one day that Madame Clicquot was born on the 16th December, 1777! Absolutely speechless and all my body shaking, I immediately popped a bottle of Veuve and grabbed Persuasion (my favorite novel) and began to read and drink and enjoy the artistry of two amazing women. As you may have guessed, all my senses were awakened and bubbling.

So, now on the 16th December every year I gather my friends to quote Jane Austen and drink to the widow Clicquot. Two women in history from different countries with different natural talents and perfectly matched!  I need no longer wait for that one day in the year to enjoy this wonderful combination, for this perfect pairing should be enjoyed often!

Happy Birthday, ladies!