A few of my gal pals and I meet regularly for a Ladies Liquor Club, aka the LLC, where we taste different types of alcohol. Each lady brings a bottle and maybe a mixer, she introduces it to the group, then we all drink one bottle by one bottle. Here’s a peek at our champagne edition, which was perfect during an unbearable NYC heat wave.
The bubbly line-up:
We had kir royales, prosecco, Veuve Clicquot, champagne cocktails, almond champagne (that tasted like delicious almond croissants), and a Barefoot bottle.
Suffice to say we had a good time.
My contribution to the tasting was a classic, Veuve Clicquot.
The story of Veuve Clicquot begins in the 19th century with a visionary young widow, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin. Widowed at the age of 27, she turned her late husband’s mediocre small family wine business into one of the most celebrated champagne houses in the world. She revolutionized the way that sediment is removed from champagne to make it less labor-intensive and more affordable. She became one of the richest women of her time and steered through huge political and financial challenges to succeed as a single woman in a man’s world.
A toast to this amazing woman!
A few years ago, HarperCollins published her biography, The Widow Clicquot. It’s a read to savor.
Cool places to buy The Widow Clicquot:
Watson Kennedy Fine Living in Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA
Luna Belmont, Quality American Crafts, Unusual Gifts & Jewelry in Long Beach, CA
The Perfect Petal in Denver, CO
River Bench Vineyard & Winery in Santa Maria, CA
What do you think LLC should drink next? Previous editions have included gin, bourbon, rye whiskey, vodka, pumpkin ale, tequila and sangria.