Amusing and informative Dinner conversation topics - "Wine comes in at the mouth. And love comes in at the eye. Thats all we shall know for truth. Before we grow old and die; I lift the glass to my mouth and I look at you and I sigh." W. B. Yeats
Beautiful Women and Champagne have been the major theme of champagne adversting for years. To put you in the mood for a romantic Champagne evening, we'll start with some of these ads. Then serve up some interesting conversation tidbits. Finally to calm the evening down we finish with a bit of religious inspiration.
Scarlett Johansson is the new star of Moet, probably hired as she can drink and serve using her feet. In the last picture she looks a little worse for wear, dreading having to face another day of serving up glasses from ten or more bottles with her toes.
Once again Moet have given Scarlett the hard job. Here she is trying a make a huge Champagne Cascade.
Champagne Fountains - Champange Cascades - For weddings or any special occasion.
Saucer shaped Champagn glasses are preferred. These are arranged in pyramid sequence . The optimum champagne fountain ratio being - 5 Tiers - Base Tier- 60 glasses - 2nd tier -30 glasses - 3rd tier 10 glasses- 4th tier - 4 glasses with the 4th and top 5th tier 1 glass. See above exapmles. Once in postion, Champagne is poured into top glass until full and this pouring continues until all glasses full.
BUBBLE TROUBLE - CHAMPAGNE SWIZZLE STICKS
Champagne Tombstones -
-As you drive the vineyard roads of the Champagne region you could be forgiven for thinking the famous and not so famous producers bury their deceased in the vineyards.
Thankfully it's not the case. No family members are fertilizing fields. These stone markers have become the traditional way to indicate which producer owns a vineyard section. As champagne houses can blend from the whole region, major producers own many vineyard sections in and on the outskirts of several villages - this allows them to use the best of each grape in there blends - and the stones simply show who owns what. .
CHAMPAGNE SWIZZLE STICKS
Strange as it may seem now, in the early 1920’s a fad started to drink champagne without the bubbles. Champagne swizzle sticks became an item of status to the society. In the 1920s Cartier even introduced personalized silver swizzle sticks. Noel Coward, Gertrude Lawrence and George Gershwin were among those who used their own silver-plated sticks to eliminate the bubbles in the glass. Basically it was considered the sneezes and snorts of bubbles getting up your nose was incompatible with elegance and poise. The name swizzle stick comes from fact that punch was termed "swizzle" and to stir this punch, a stick or wooden spoon was used - the "swizzle stick".
The practice died out in the late 1950’s and today few people remember the use of champagne swizzle stick . Now if you can get one they make a neat cocktail accessory.
Early picture of Joan of Arc from a 1450.
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Dinner Conversation - Miracles, Joan of Arc and Reims Cathedral
In a secular world miracles don’t happen, however wine historically has been the most unsecular of products. With this as a starting point, lets take the position of Albert Einstein when a cynical New York reporter asked if he believed in miracles – Einstein’s response was “ show me something that isn’t”.
Joan was born the daughter of Jacques d'Arc and Isabelle Romée. in Domrémy, a village which was then in the duchy of Bar - later Lorraine. Joan's parents owned a farm of about 50 acres (20 hectares) of land. They lived in an isolated in a north-eastern territory that remained loyal to the French crown despite being surrounded by Burgundian lands. Local raids were common during her childhood and on one occasion her village was burned. She experienced her first vision in 1424 at the age of 12 years, when she was out alone in a field and saw visions of figures she identified as Saint Michael, Saint Catherine, and Saint Margaret, patron saints of France, who told her to drive out the English and bring the Dauphin to Reims for his coronation. She said she cried when they left, as they were so beautiful. ( A similar response of Bernadette Soubirous - the shepard girl of Lourdes fame in 1860.)