Champagne does it like nothing else. For 300 years, it has been called the drink of kings, the elixir of love, a liquid mirror of memories — descriptions that envelope it in an aura that sets it apart from all other wines. And the enchantment continues. Through the ages, Champagne has remained the drink of choice when it comes to celebrating the pleasures of life with verve and elegance and style.
It is this enduring fascination with Champagne that has given winemakers throughout the world the impetus to produce their own versions of the sparkling wine. While many make strong attempts, none can make true Champagne. That designation remains specific to Champagne produced in the cool region 90 miles northeast of Paris that has given its name to the wine. True Champagne is a product of only three grapes grown in the chalky soil of the region — chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier.
There are more than 100 houses, or firms, in Champagne, each with its own style. For example, Bollinger’s is full-bodied and toasty; Krug’s is fullbodied and complex; Taittinger’s is fine and delicate; Perrier-Jouët’s is medium-bodied and elegant; Ruinart’s is light and graceful; Gosset’s is full and dry; Charles Heidsieck’s is medium-bodied and biscuity; Moët & Chandon’s is medium-bodied and fresh; Louis Roederer’s is rich and ripe; Laurent-Perrier’s is light and fruity.
Most houses express their style through a variety of bottlings. Nonvintage Champagne, which accounts for about 80 percent of all varieties, is a cuvée, or blend, of wines from a number of harvests aged up to three years. Vintage Champagne is a cuvée of fine wines from a single harvest, aged usually four to five years. It carries its vintage date on the label and is made only in years when the quality of the wines is especially high, on average, about three to four times a decade.
Rarest of all is a house’s prestige cuvée, a blend of its best wines from its premium vineyards aged more than five years. Cuvée represents the finest Champagne a house has to offer — and not every house offers one. Whatever Champagne you choose — prestige cuvée, vintage or nonvintage — these wines from France represent the best of the world’s sparklers.
Pop the cork. Let the celebration begin.
Airplane travel evokes a lot of emotions these days: excitement, anticipation, uncertainty and nervousness, just to name a few. But when you do take to the skies again, the giddiness of getting pampered at 35,000 feet can most certainly wash away the surrealness of the past year and a half — at least for the duration of a long- haul flight — as you sip Champagne and slip your feet into plush slippers. While some global airlines have paused or pushed back plans for upgrades and refreshes to their premium cabins, others have introduced exciting changes that await in your pod or lie-flat bed in first and business classes. What’s more, amenities like privacy screens, sliding suite doors and space to spread out all serve a dual purpose as methods to luxuriate in the air while keeping social distance. Here are some nice- ties to expect now and in the near future, from retrofitted seat configurations to updated décor to Michelin-starred meals:
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
United Airlines is making international travel more accessible. United announced the largest trans-Atlantic expansion in its history, including 10 new flights and five new destinations including Amman (AMM), Jordan; Bergen (BGO), Norway; Azores (PDL), Portugal; Palma de Mallorca (PMI), Spain; and Tenerife (TFS) in the Spanish Canary Islands. All new routes, set to begin in spring 2022, are not served by any other North American carrier.
Galataport Istanbul, a new cruise and lifestyle destination on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, welcomed its first ship, SeaDream II, on Oct. 1. Approximately 150 passengers and crew from Bulgaria Varna arrived at 10 a.m. for a two-day homeport operation before continuing to Bulgaria Burgaz.
History and culture are etched into every corner of Greece. Beginning with its language, the oldest written language still in existence, and moving from the traces of passing civilizations and religions to pre-historic findings and works from many movements, there’s a wealth of culture to discover on your next trip to Greece.
The countdown to Halloween weekend is on! Are you are still unsure about plans? Do you go to a house party? Stay in to hand out candy? Try something different this year and join Philadelphia’s The Mütter Museum at its 6th annual Mischief at The Mütter.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Walker Hotel Tribeca is blushing pink with an exclusive offer benefitting the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Throughout the month, guests can book an all-pink guestroom, among additional amenities.
This holiday season, escape to the Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises and reconnect with family and friends in luxurious accommodations that make you feel right at home. Savor globally inspired cuisine designed by our Michelin-starred chef, paired with the most awarded wine collection at sea. Elevate “me time” with a soothing spa treatment sure to renew. With both long and short cruises to celebrate in December, and even three special Ultimate Holiday Cruises that sail over Christmas and into the New Year, the time to gift an experience and create unforgettable memories is now. Celebrity Cruises’ Always IncludedSM pricing — drinks, WiFi and tips — ensures a seamless, carefree vacation with the ones you love.
Insight Vacations, Tourism Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland are offering the chance to win a free trip to Ireland for two, valued at $6,000. Oct. 18–22, The Road to Ireland contest page will be updated daily with a new clue and question that contestants will need to answer for a chance to win a trip for two on Insight’s Country Roads of Ireland tour in 2022. Contestants have until 11:59 p.m. PST Oct. 29 to submit answers.