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  • pinitbutton Sabraging Champagne with Santa Claus

 

 

If last week I sabraged a bottle of Champagne with Prince Frederic von Anhalt, this weekend it was with my Princess Maximilienne and Santa Claus who came to town.

 

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  • pinitbutton The Prince, Veuve Clicquot Champagne, & My Saber

 

 

The only drops of Veuve Clicquot Champagne left last night at the Los Angeles-Berlin Sister City Committee Holiday party, held at Prince Frederic von Anhalt and Princess Zsa Zsa Gabor’s Bel-Air estate, were the ones I dropped in the snow after sabraging a bottle. Yes, you read correctly: the snow! Just watch the video, and you will see that it was real snow.

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Thanksgiving & Champagne

on November 27th, 2012
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  • pinitbutton Thanksgiving & Champagne

Thanksgiving is an American tradition. My tradition with Champagne is to sabrage the bottle to open it (en français: sabrer la bouteille). So this past Thursday, before indulging in a turkey, I took my saber and popped the top of a Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut, of GAYOT.com Top 10 Value Champagnes.

 

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With Ben Flajnik & More…

on February 02nd, 2012
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  • pinitbutton With Ben Flajnik & More...
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From left to right: Ben Flajnik, Sophie Gayot, Eric Greenspan, Danny Fay, Michael Bezinger

Last week I interviewed the owners of Sonoma County’s Envolve Winery who were in Los Angeles. They are three childhood friends: Danny Fay, Michael Bezinger, and Ben Flajnik, whom you may know better as The Bachelor on this season’s ABC television series. Intimidated a little by the thought of meeting Flajnik, I wanted to find a cool place that felt romantic and sexy. Hey, you never know; if by the season’s final episode, he had not found a future spouse, maybe I had a chance!

Immediately, Eric Greenspan’s new restaurant The Roof on Wilshire at The Hotel Wilshire came to my mind as a great spot to meet. Chef Greenspan kindly welcomed us. Thank you, Eric! But I’m still waiting to be asked out for a second date.

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