3 Dec 2013

“Come Quickly I am Tasting The Stars”… Dom Perignon

Claridge's, London - Vicki Archer


If there is one universal cocktail or drink that spells Christmas for me… it must be Champagne… or sparkling wine… depending on the provenance…

I have always associated Christmas with champagne… it’s like the turkey with the stuffing or the plum pudding and the brandy… One can’t live without the other… they go hand in hand…

In London the place I tend to spoil myself with a glass of champagne… is Claridge’s… old school… old tradition… luxury, comfort and the feeling that the world has stopped many, many years ago… It’s a total indulgence to sit in The Foyer, with a bestie…  and watch the passing parade…. It is something I love to do in the lead up to Christmas… We catch up, toast the year that is almost passed… the good, the great and the indifferent and we toast to the one ahead… Girl time… it’s the best… especially if it’s an hour at Claridge’s…


Claridge's, London - Vicki Archer

When I think of champagne… apart from the icy cold bubbles tickling my nose… the first taste of that precious liquid teasing my throat and the light, happy almost giddy feel after a couple of sips… I think of all the celebrations that have gone before where we have toasted those special moments..

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a glass or two of champagne… the day wouldn’t be complete without a fizzy start… and a warm finish. Even the lead up to Christmas wouldn’t feel right without a few celebratory sips… Come December 1st… I admit, I start thinking champagne… there is just something about the holidays and fizz that I associate together.

Claridge's, London - Vicki Archer

 I’m not the only one who has a love affair with champagne… let me leave you with a few words of wisdom…


“There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.”

Bette Davis


“In success you deserve it and in defeat, you need it.” 

Winston Churchill


“I drink Champagne when I win, to celebrate…
And I drink Champagne when I lose, to console myself.”

Napoleon Bonaparte


“Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.”

Mark Twain


“My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne.”

John Maynard Keynes


“Champagne is the only wine that leaves a woman beautiful after drinking it.”

Madame de Pompadour


“I only drink champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad.
Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone.
When I have company I consider it obligatory.
I trifle with it if I’m not in a hurry and drink it when I am, otherwise I never touch the stuff unless I am thirsty.”

 Lily Bollinger


Today many of my blogging friends are writing about their preferred Christmas cocktail… you can read what they are dreaming of HERE

Do tell me your yours? xv



If you like to add a touch of Elderflower syrup to the bubbles… that makes an extra special splash… 

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Anita Rivera

Oh, you did it again.

I am not a drinker, but champagne? YES. And only for the holidays. I will never forget a trip up to Northern California to visit family; we visited the Korbel winery and they were having a champagne testing session of PINK CHAMPAGNE. Now there’s where it’s called sparkling wine. But who cares…it’s got bubbles, it’s pink, I love it!

I have a bottle in my fridge right now, reserved for our holiday celebration. And what a fabulous place Vicki, to indulge in the libation of THE GODS! tehehehehehhhhe


There’s definitely nothing like a glass of Champagne and to have one in Claridge’s is extra special Vicki.We had a couple in Claridge’s a few weeks ago and sat in that same foyer. I have a tortoiseshell matchholder of my Grandmother’s and inside is full book of Claridge’s matches probably from the 1920’s or ’30’s !
…. and, I’ve had tea in many places but I think Claridge’s do it best.
I loved your By Invitation post this month Vicki ….. I think that we need to go back to Claridge’s for another glass of Champagne.
….. Oh, and, my favourite cocktail at the moment is a Rose Petal Martini. They are so delicious you need to have five !!!! XXXX

Marsha @ Splenderosa

Oh, all of your Londoner’s should definitely get together during the holiday period. And, isn’t the exterior of Claridge’s just perfect. Thank you for participating, Vicki & Jacqueline. Merry Christmas to all.


A very sparkling posting. Accordingly the men’s description it seems they understand more about Champagne than women (although it is more a women’s drink).
I like especially the saying from M.Twain.


Champagne, it is Vicki…it doesn’t get any better…I too have a love affair with it :)
A wonderful post, as always and Claridge’s too…ahhhhh…perfection! xx

The Enchanted home

Love all the champagne quotes! I also love your pictures of London…somehow London and a glass of bubbly seem to go incredibly well together. Cheers Vicki to a wonderful holiday season!


Yes, I agree, champagne is really all that is needed at a party Vicki. Oh that first sip! I wish I was enjoying a glass with you now. xxxx hugs, Coty

La Pouyette - Karin

I’ll raise my glass of champagne to all quotes!!! Particularly to Madame Pompadour’s and Lilly Bollinger ones!
CHEERS to you and your fabulous post, Vicky!
Have a lovely and enchanting pre-Christmas time with lots of Champagne!
Greetings from the Périgord to Provence,


I was lucky enough to stay there just before Christmas last year with my husband, daughter and little maltipoo Chloe, we adored it, we were treated like royalty, as was everyone and a glass of champagne on arrival made all the more special! Any excuse for bubbles I say!


Things That Inspire

Champagne is my favorite! I used to have it on a regular basis, but now save it for special occasions as I find I get insomnia if I drink 2 glasses…and I can never stop at one!

We had plenty of champagne at our Thanksgiving celebration, and I am going to one of my favorite Christmas parties this weekend where champagne is the featured drink as the hostess does not serve red wine when entertaining a large group (150+).

I hope you have a wonderful week!

– Holly


I haven’t done it in the recent years {and maybe its time to revive the tradition} – I would gather the girls for an evening together before Christmas. There was an assortment of appetizers and always champagne, it lead to great conversation and much laughter.
The individual bottles of champers with mini silver metal straws attached to the side with ribbon was the parting gift.
Yes, I do need to have a Champers and Glam party again.


A wonderful post Vicki, I absolutely LOVE the quotes you have chosen, particularly the Dom Perignon one, I hadn’t heard it before.

Christmas & Claridge’s….perfection. Xx


Couldn’t agree more!

Champagne is always my libation of choice. I have a few bottles in the fridge – it is always appropriate – whether trimming the tree, welcoming friends or wrapping gifts while watching “It’s a Wonderful Life”- champagne is so festive and yummy especially as you say Vicki, during the holidays.

When out and about I order and thoroughly enjoy a glass of sparkling wine (you know, when in Rome), as we have so many very lovely ones to choose from here in California wine country.


I’ve never been to Claridges – must remedy that! Are there big sofas, so one could curl up with that champagne and talk to a friend for hours? Happy holidays to you, Vicki!

Heather in Arles

Even though I love champagne for no reason, at the Holidays, well, it is a must! I could drink it everyday (well, or its less expensive cousin, cremant) and in that least week before Christmas I often do…But oh how I would love to join you at Claridge’s, all dressed up, for girl-talk and bubbles. You make such a glamorous moment seem just easy-pieces, very you.


Thank you so much for visiting my blog.

Loved the quotes! My husband and I took our 18-month-old son to Claridges. We have this great memory of our waiter turning to another staff member and asking in his very British accent, have we a banana for this young man?” Maybe you had to be there to hear the way he said it, but it was a great experience. One of the things I remembered most about our room was how amazing the drapery was. It was inter-lined as well as being lined and it made them feel so luxurious!

Much love to you.


Hi Viki!! I totally agree.. December is the time to taste the starts as often as possible and every excuse in the book is employed to do it often…

A very merry December to you…


Anne - Music and Markets

Resting downstairs is a lovely bottle of Haton rose brut….bringing memories of a visit to the domaine in Damery, a tiny village in Champagne, with a dear friend whose grandfather is buried nearby. Each time she visits to pay her respects, she also stops at Chez Haton to pick up a case of their superb vintage, adding joy to the bittersweet visit…
Thankful to have the sparkling bubbly to anticipate, along with the memories.

Liz Detrich

My favorite spirit to celebrate the Holidays is Bourbon (Basil Hayden is best), neat with a water back.

I’ve never had an affinity for Champagne, although I’ve heard rose’ versions are quite lovely. I unfortunately get a wretched headache from champagne.

Deborah Peterson Milne

Champagne woman here too Vicki. There is just something about champagne in a beautiful saucer sipping it as though you were Holly Golightly throwing a Christmas party.

Wonderful quotes and wonderful post as always. I must visit Claridges.

Here’s to plenty of bubbles for us both this holiday season.


Carolyn from Pittsburgh

Thank you for my lovely card and postcard…I agree on the
Christmas drink, tree lights and bubbles.
The best of holidays to you and yours.


Oh I do so love champagne! I agree with ALL of those quotes! Here’s to lots of bubbly over the holidays, heck, why stop at the holidays? How about all year?

Virginia Blue

There’s always a reason for Champagne, in my book, but none ever as wonderful as the excuse of Christmas…the bubbles are a sign of the lightness of the season…so very festive and lovely.

Wishing you the most magical Christmas, Virginia

D. A. Wolf

Champagne. Yes! Perfect for Christmas. Oh, how I would like to get back to London. It’s been too many years. (And I rather like the Napoleon quote!)


I just found a lovely quote about champagne….

“The thing about champagne, you say, unfoiling the cork, unwinding the wire restraint, is that is the ultimate associative object. Every time you open a bottle of champagne, it’s a celebration, so there’s no better way of starting a celebration than opening a bottle of champagne. Every time you sip it, you’re sipping from all those other celebrations. The joy accumulates over time.”
― David Levithan, The Lover’s Dictionary

I couldn’t agree more!

Carolyn Bradford

What I wouldn’t do to be sitting in Claridge’s right now with a really great friend! Sounds fabulous! I have never loved Champagne…but certainly love to drink it when the time is right! I must say I think each of these sayings go wonderfully well with a fabulous glass of wine as well! Anyway, loved this post, Vicki! Loved getting to have time to read another one of your incredible blog posts. I really have been keeping up…just not always able to comment. Not that you need it! Just today I read the sweetest comment from you last year at this time! It made me realize exactly how much I enjoy reading blogs and staying in touch with the ones that matter! I hope you are doing well! When I decorated my sunroom and the beautiful pine desk that I love so much in there…I saw your book that I found at Anthropologie several years ago as I put out my deer and Christmas trees! I still love it and I am so glad I’ve gotten to “know” you over the years! If only I could get you to sign it! One of these days!! Hopefully! Take care and enjoy these holiday memories and days yet to come!


YEA Vicki ~ I got my great carte postale today ~ the script is devine
and so beautifully written with such sweetness ~ a stamp for only
5 cents, wow ~ Le Trocadero ~ Merci Beaucoup ~ XO


LOVE the champagne quotes! Simply perfect. My family celebrate Christmas morning with a little Moët at breakfast ;-)

Clare x


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