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Friday, March 9, 2012

Vintage Happy Hour with Jenny Q: It's Champagne, Dahling

Today I'm toasting champagne, that most glamorous of beverages. That decadent, frivolous, sinful, delightful nectar of the gods, adored by royalty and nobility since its invention in 1531, and in later centuries by the masses as it became widely available. Champagne flows freely through many a novel. (It flows freely through When A Man Marries--not a thing in the house for the quarantined guests to eat, but there's a cellar full of champagne!) It also flows freely through the glass of many a writer. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the literati:

A cause may be inconvenient, but it's magnificent. It's like Champagne or high heels, and one must be prepared to suffer for it.
~ Arnold Bennett

A woman should never be seen eating or drinking, unless it be lobster salad and Champagne, the only true feminine and becoming viands.
~ Lord Byron

Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane.
~ Honore de Balzac

I drink Champagne when I win, to celebrate…and I drink Champagne when I lose, to console myself.
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.
~ Mark Twain

I had taken two finger-bowls of Champagne, and the scene had changed before my eyes into something significant, elemental and profound.
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

I'm in love with these vintage advertisements for Moet & Chandon:

Aren't they gorgeous? These ran in 1899. It's amazing to me how looking at these images gives me an instant impression of what each champagne tastes like. Makes me wish for a glass right now! How about you? Do you like champagne? (I adore it, in case you couldn't tell.) Do you have a memorable champagne moment from real life or literature? A little-known champagne fact? Please leave a comment and share it with us!


When A Man Marries by Mary Roberts Rinehart
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