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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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27

Nov

  • 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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  • pinitbutton With Prince Frederic von Anhalt & Colonel Gail S. Halvorsen
sophie gayot gail halvorsen prince von anhalt 444x450 With Prince Frederic von Anhalt & Colonel Gail S. Halvorsen

Colonel Gail S. Halvorsen, Prince Frederic von Anhalt with Sophie Gayot

 

At Zsa Zsa Gabor and Prince Frederic von Anhalt’s 26th wedding anniversary party held at their Bel-Air estate last week, Veuve Clicquot Champagne was flowing (watch me sabraging a bottle), as well as Stella Artois beer to pair with potato latkes topped with crème fraîche and caviar, Hungarian goulash, spätzle, sausages, German wieners (I had mine with mustard), and the famous roast beef sandwiches with horseradish sauce from Lawry’s The Prime Rib.

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By Serene Yatch

on February 28th, 2012
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Feb

  • pinitbutton By Serene Yatch

Yesterday was Oscar day. Even though, the biggest night in Hollywood had not yet started, I decided to celebrate the winners while cruising on the Pacific Ocean.

 

There was only one way to do it for me: sabraging a bottle of Champagne with a backdrop that was worthy of the stars walking the red carpet. Yury Scheffler, the Russian vodka tycoon (Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya, among others), made it easy for me: his 134-meters (440-foot) yacht, Serene, was anchored in Santa Monica Bay.

 

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