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Note: the webinars below are open to both men and women, members and non-members


May 23, 2020
From 9:30 PM to 11 PM

Location Online (Paris Time Zone)

Let me take you on an epic journey into the history of le champagne (the wine) and la Champagne (the region). Register for Part 1: From the Romans to Dom Perignon. 

History of Champagne Part 1 - Webinar - Saturday

History of Champagne Part 1 - Webinar - Saturday

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 wine and the region will help you understand and respect its people and the “King of Wines and the Wine of Kings”.  

I will take you on a three-part journey from the Romans who invaded Gaul in the 1st century to the rappers who sing about champagne today. It will be a bit of a rollercoaster ride because the history of le champagne and la Champagne is filled with many ups and downs. Along the way you will learn lots of fun facts.

Part 1: From the Romans to Dom Perignon: you will learn how the monks and monarchs set the stage for the arrival of the world's most famous sparkling wine.

Among other things, we will chat about:

  • the strategic location of the region
  • the contributions of the Romans
  • Attila the Hun
  • the importance of Reims and its cathedral for the monarchy
  • Pope Urban II and the Crusades
  • the role of Joan of Arc in Champagne
  • the role of abbeys and wine merchants
  • the contribution of Dom Perignon
  • the competition between wines from Burgundy and Champagne


I will be using Zoom to host the online video chats. If you have never used Zoom before, don’t worry, it is simple as pie. When you register for the session you will receive a link to join online at the given time. You just need to follow the simple instructions to download and run Zoom a few minutes before the session starts. If you are nervous about it, I am happy to do a test run with you whenever suits you best.

Duration:  1.5 hours

Cost: 10€ for Delectabulles members and 15€ for non-members

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