My bubbly musings


List of champagne houses with women at the helm

People often ask me: "What is your favourite champagne?". I always answer: "I don't have a favourite champagne!". That said, when I know the woman who made the champagne, or the history of the house, it makes the champagne taste even better. So does sharing the bottle with someone I like. If I am sharing it with someone nasty, no matter how technically good the champagne is, it always leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.

Here is a list of champagne houses/producers that have a soft spot in my heart because women play an important role there.

Recommended books and podcasts about champagne

This is a list of books and podcasts I recommend if you would like to learn more about le champagne (the wine) and la Champagne (the region), or about women and wine.

Women in Wine: Navigating Risks and Opportunities

I attended "Women in Wine: Navigating Risks and Opportunities". It was an inspiring virtual conference supported by the U.S. Embassy France, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of State's POWER (Providing Opportunities for Women's Economic Rise) initiative. Women in wine from France and the U.S.A . were invited to to speak and to attend. I was a panelist for the session on managing risk, and I moderated a fun virtual networking workshop at the end of the program.

Have a listen to the recordings if you would like some best practices for women's economic empowerment, adapting to climate change, and managing risk in a changing global economy. Click to obtain the program and links to the recordings of the three panel sessions.

Women and Wine Clubs

I am working on a bespoke presentation for a group of female partners in a law firm in New York. Normally they host an annual dinner for their closest female colleagues. This year, because of covid, they will be joining me virtually in Paris to learn about pairing champagne and food, and a bit about the role of women in the history of champagne. It occurred to me that 2000 years ago, we probably would have needed a lawyer if we did this!

Jeanne Krug: Women in the History of Champagne

At the beginning of WWI, Joseph Krug II was drafted and sent to the front. While the men were away fighting the war, and with only a skeleton of staff remaining, Jeanne took over the management of the Krug champagne house. She oversaw the harvests and the production of champagne from 1914-1917.

Champagne: Land of Bubbles and Resilience

Le champagne is a celebratory wine that marks special occasions, brings joy, represents elegance, and the finer things in life. When you think of le champagne, you think of happy times. Ironically, la Champagne is a region that is known for its harsh weather and bloody history. From the Romans who invaded Gaul at the beginning of the 1st century, to the Nazis who pillaged the cellars in the 20th century, many a soldier has marched through the Champagne hillsides during the last 2000 years. Learning about the history of the region has helped me understand and respect its people, and its wine, even more. 

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