14th September – Dom Pierre Perignon Died Today 1715

Dom Pierre Pérignon (c. 1638–14th September 1715) was a Benedictine monk frequently credited (erroneously) with the invention of champagne, though the Méthode champenoise was developed by him. The famous cuvée of champagne Dom Pérignon is named after him. Suntory Ltd. is to release three types of … [Read more...]

16th August – Sparkling Spanish Wine

Cava is a Spanish sparkling wine - Spain´s equivalent to champagne. However, in 1970, the European Union banned the use of the word Champagne, except when used to describe the sparkling wine produced in that small area of France. Cava was first produced by José Raventos in 1872, giving it the name … [Read more...]

4th July – Champagne Invented Today 1693

August 4th 1693 Dom Perignon invents champagne Through August 4, 2006, the Boston Beer Company has repurchased a cumulative total of approximately 7.8 million shares of its Class A Common Stock for an aggregate purchase price of $92.6 million, and had $7.4 million remaining on the $100.0 million … [Read more...]

28th July – József Törley – Master Sparkling Wine Maker Died Today 1907

József Törley (10th January 1858 - 28th July 1907). Törley established one of the most successful brands of sparkling wine outside of the French Champagne region in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the 19th century, production of champagne style sparkling wines became popular in Europe and … [Read more...]

26th July – Jean-Rémy Moët and Napoleon – Today 1807

Jean-Rémy Moët first met Napoléon Bonaparte in 1782 at the military academy of Brienne-le-Château when Moët was soliciting orders for his family champagne firm. Jean-Rémy Moët took over from his father, Nicolas-Claude, in 1792. As the mayor of Epernay in 1801 one of his duties was to receive … [Read more...]

20th July – England Tops Bubbly Awards Today 2006

20th July 2006, England triumphed as the most successful country for bottle fermented sparkling wines, scooping the Trophy and top medals at the The International Wine & Spirit Competition (http://www.iwsc.net). Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 1998 (http://www.nyetimber.com) won the Trophy for Bottle … [Read more...]

8th July – Champagne Week This Week

The Office of Champagne, USA launches Champagne Week from 8th July till 14th July 2007. Only sparkling wines produced in the Champagne region of France can use the name Champagne. See http://www.champagne.us/ Abraham M. Buchman aged 90 died on 8th July 2007. Buchman was a well-known alcohol … [Read more...]

14th March – Jean-Rémy Moët Awarded Légion d’honneur by Napoleon Today 1814

Jean-Rémy Moët (1758 – 1841) was a French vintner and wine merchant who helped bring the Champagne house of Moët et Chandon to international prominence. He inherited the house from his grandfather and founder Claude Moët. Jean-Rémy Moët first met Napoleon Bonaparte in 1782 at the military academy … [Read more...]

21st February – Nixon First US President to Visit China Today 1972 – Brings Own Sparkling…

21st February 1972: President Nixon began his visit to China as he and his wife arrived in Shanghai. He was the 1st US president to visit a country not diplomatically recognized by the US. He brought along a bottle of Schramsberg sparkling wine from California. HDL Cholesterol & Alcohol High … [Read more...]

22nd January – Pierre-Charles Taittinger Died Today 1965

Pierre-Charles Taittinger (October 4, 1887 – January 22, 1965) was founder of the famous Taittinger champagne house and chairman of the municipal council of Paris in 1943–1944 during the German occupation of France, in which position he played a role during the Liberation of Paris. Born in Paris, … [Read more...]