Happy Bastille Day! Like all Francophiles, Adelaideans are using Saturday 14th July as an excuse to celebrate everything French. Whether you’re going to Le Bistrot or Le Matin Calme, eating macarons or crème caramel, drinking champagne or cognac: enjoy 14 juillet! Most of my friends are watching the Tour de France and a group of us are making sure that we read our favourite French novels this weekend.
Another way of celebrating is to do some Champagne Reading. A gorgeous new book called Great, Grand & Famous Champagnes: behind the bubbles was published late last year. It’s beautifully-illustrated with pictures of Champagne-Ardenne, and photographs of happy champagne drinkers, everyone from Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart (in Casablanca) to Salvador Dali. There are lavish reproductions of European paintings, lovely Belle Époque advertisements and ‘champagne on the screen’, from Sean Connery’s 007 (sparkling wine was de rigueur for seduction 1960s’ style) to Eddy and Patsy knocking back the Bolly.
To quote Bette Davis:
There are times in a woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.