Champagne in the news: protests, inaugurations, and thefts

Champagne in the news: protests, inaugurations, and thefts

Our libation-of-choice has been making headlines recently! First off, protestors trying to prevent the building of a third runway at London's Heathrow Airport took a very civilized approach to their act of civil disobediance. In an alleged allusion to the peaceful Suffragette movement of decades past, the protestors wore Edwardian-era dress, and dined on cake and champagne. Puts a whole new spin on the phrase "let them eat cake!"

All of the world's eyes are of course on Barack Obama, soon to be sworn in as the United States' 44th president. And on the menu for his Inaugural Luncheon? California sparkling wines! While Champagne of course is the go-to beverage for celebrations, we applaud the choice of a U.S.-made wine for this important occasion. The full menu of the luncheon can be found here.

We certainly will be drinking some bubbly on the 20th, to celebrate two things: Obama's inauguration and the departure of George W. Bush! For those of you trying to decide between French-made Champagne and American sparkling wine for your own inaugural-day parties, the blog Black Book offers an interesting discussion on the topic.

Finally, although we at ChampagneReport.com obviously do not condone stealing in any form or fashion, we got a kick out of this story. According to the BBC, nearly $60,000 worth of Champagne was stollen from a truck parked overnight in Herefordshire on the evening of the 13th of January. Although the criminals also opened a second truck, they ignored the contents once they realized it only contained Coca-Cola. The Champagne stolen was of the brand Nicole d'Aurigny.