Dinner & A Book: Champagne: How the World’s Most Glamorous Wine Triumphed over War and Hard Times

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Episode #604

It was in Champagne, France in 451 that Attila the Hun loosed his hordes against the remnants of the Roman Empire; where wine grapes grow today, 200,000 died in one day alone. Throughout history, rivals have coveted this corner of France: the English in the Hundred Years War, the Prussians in 1814 and 1870. And yet, this region, which historians say has suffered more invasions, battles, and wars than any other place on earth, is also the birthplace of one thing the entire world equates with good times, friendship, and celebration: champagne.

Original Airdate:
July 12, 2008
Last Re-airdate:
July 14, 2008

The Book


Champagne: How the World’s Most Glamorous Wine Triumphed over War and Hard Times
By Don Kladstrup and Petie Kladstsrup

The Menu

THE MENU


Chilled Champagne and Gingered Melon Soup
Chicken Breasts in Champagne Sauce
Carrots in Champagne and Dill

Champagne speciality drinks:
Campari Cocktail, Pink Slipper, Coupe Royale, Cava Sec Prosecca Veuve Cliquot

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