What do you write about in the wake of your country’s birthday party AND your editor’s birthday?

A way to keep the celebrations going, of course!

I couldn’t think of a finer bottle to toast exception with than my all-time favorite champagne, Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label. There are a lot of very yummy bubblies out there, from fresh sparkling roses to yeasty dry palate tinglers, so why Veuve Clicquot above all else?


Besides the fact that its production dates back to the 1700s and that the 27-year-old widow of one of the founder’s sons took it over in 1805 and brought it to world prominence, where it has retained its position for centuries, it is simply a sublime experience in a glass.


“I’m tasting stars,” is what Dom Perignon said with his first sip of champagne, which was probably Veuve Clicquot. You can learn all kinds of fun facts about this wonder of the world at www.veuvecliquot.com. “Its brilliant yellow label reflects the champagne’s bright personality,” says the site, “and impeccable winemaking credentials.”

So here’s to July 2020. “Qui n’avance pas, recule.”