I plan to vacation in Reims, the biggest city in the province of Champagne, someday and then travel south. My only concern is that I might stick around the Champagne region drinking bubbly the entire time – that would completely ruin my plans.
I just finished reading a book, Champagne: How the World’s Most Glamorous Wine Triumphed Over War and Hard Times, by Don and Petie Kladstup. Imagine what life has been like for les Champenoise – the people who live smack in between Paris and Germany. From 1870 until the end of WWII three wars were fought on the soil of Champagne. At the end of WWII in 1945 the population of France was actually lower than it was in 1800! Incredible.
A good book on history is a good book of stories. The stories of Napoleon, Churchill, Capone, many French Kings named Louis, and a few Czars and Kaisers thrown into the mix make for great reading. Also, if you are interested in drinking great Champagne then the stories of Roederer, Clicquot, and Chandon could be savoured over a flute of “party juice”.
Best of all, I got it at the library, returned it on time, and saved my money. Probably should celebrate that with a bottle of the real stuff.