That Intoxicating Pink
Rose champagne is the intoxicant of choice for courtesans and kings. Beautiful, expensive, and rare, it was beloved by the grandest of the grandes horizontales of nineteenth-century Paris—and the men who could afford to love them. In Second Empire France, the Countess Henkel von Donnersmarck—known to historians of the libido as La Païva, and earlier as Esther Lachmann, late of the Moscow ghetto—demanded magnums of it as a “gratuity” while entertaining clients in the boudoir of her ill-begotten Hotel de la Païva on the Champs-Élysées. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Nov 19, 2013 -
was a short-lived TV show that debuted in 1951
on KNBH Los Angeles and aired nationally on ABC and CBS during the 1952-1953 TV season. Sponsored by Cameo Stockings
, the show featured Italian actor Renzo Cesana
(who got discovered when Robert Rossellini produced a play Cesana wrote when he was 16!) purring seductively into the camera, while offering "sham-pan-ya" to an offscreen lady friend. Best known for inspiring a series of Saturday Night Live sketches
starring Christopher Walken
, the show inspired parodies in its own era, such as this Popeye cartoon
(where Bluto tries to seduce Olive Oyl by posing as "The International"), a Jerry Lewis skit
on the Colgate Comedy Hour
that imagines the Continental as played by Marlon Brando, and a Pepe Le Pew cartoon where our amorous skunk attempts to seduce the feline object of his affection in The Cat's Bah
. Unfortunately, Internet footage of the real show appears to be nonexistent, although you can buy some love songs
recorded by the Continental off EBay.
posted by jonp72
on Aug 14, 2007 -
"It can seem daunting when you are initially handed a sabre and a chilled bottle of Champagne with the expectation that you will sever the top of the bottle with the sword’s blade. Do not be downhearted!" Sabrage
is the ancient art
of opening champagne bottles by slicing them with a sabre
. Learn how to combine
swords and booze this New Year's Eve.
posted by blahblahblah
on Dec 30, 2006 -
The Night They Invented Champagne...
Tonight's the night for Champagne
. Meaning French. No other is as appropriate or necessary. If you know nothing - or a lot - about this most pleasant and aphrodisiac of all wines, you should still get more serious about it. The Champagne Growers' Association
has an excellent website where you can learn how to chill
and properly taste
Champagne. They'll even send you four free, attractive little notebooks
to keep in your cocktail cabinet. The green roll-down menus
are all enlightening and to the point.
But don't think the French have all the experts. There's this amazing American website, called IntoWine
, put up by the M2 Communications Wine Education Center
, which is just as wise and, typically, more complete and snobbish.
Their Champagne section
is faultless. Compare cultures by noting how they serve
Champagne. Check out their full list of Champagne houses
and related movies
Happy New Year, MetaFilter!
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Dec 31, 2001 -
The dramatic way to open champagne.
Have you used or seen someone use a champagne saber? Amazing that the bottle neck doesn't shatter around the edges. I tried looking on Google for some lore and description but found nothing.
posted by mmarcos
on Oct 30, 2001 -