In Praise Of
Is there a single moment of the day or night that drinking a glass of Champagne is inappropriate? As Noel Coward said – ‘Why do I drink Champagne for breakfast? Doesn’t everyone?’ One can happily down a glass with breakfast and no one is going to think twice. Before lunch, during lunch, after lunch you won’t get a second look. Elegantly sipping on a glass before afternoon tea, during afternoon tea, after afternoon tea will barely raise a single eyebrow. Before dinner, with… Well, you get the gist…Champagne, whatever the occasion, is the perfect accompaniment. Although Balans Soho Society would always refrain from judgment, the same, sadly, in social terms simply cannot be said of voddy – however much tonic you splash in.
Madame Lily Bollinger, neatly summed up the eternal appeal of this Emperor of wines: “I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and I drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it, unless I’m thirsty.”
Champagne cannot help but lift the spirits. Those delicious tiny bubbles ‘like thousands of sparkling smiling eyes’ streaming from the bottom of a handsome fluted glass, the tickling sensation of the mousse on the tongue, the fact that those same bubbles pass immediately through the stomach wall, carrying alcohol vapours directly into the blood stream and straight to the brain all make Champagne the harbinger of glorious and almost immediate festivity.
Our advice? Always keep a bottle of Champagne in the fridge for a special occasion. Sometimes you’ll find that the special occasion is that you’ve got a bottle of Champagne in the fridge…