Champagne! Lovely stuff if you like it. My tastes hover around the somewhat dry varieties; cannot stand the really sweet stuff. Champagne sees to have solidified it’s place as the go to drink for celebrations. Weddings, new homes, New Years Eve, fancy parties, boat christenings…those moments of joy and merriment. Sometimes, champagne is drunk just because you want a nice glass of bubbly such as when I first encountered this bottle.
It was on a beach on the French side of that French/Dutch island – St. Martin/St. Maarten. It was at a joint called the Bikini Beach where most of the people kicking back there were in swimwear along with the waitresses. I cannot recall much of what was on the menu other than I had the most perfect lamb chops I had ever had and the French bread was really French bread and that butter? Oh the creaminess! But how I picked this champagne? No idea but it was served in a champagne glass with a dollop of mango puree in the bottom. Heavenly…
I’m pretty sure I had more than one glass and with my limited amount of French I eventually was laughing about something with one of the charming female servers and there is a picture somewhere in a box of the two of us hugging and laughing both in our bikinis. That photo will never see the light of day but I do recall it being red, white and blue. This champagne haunted me upon my return to the states and it was many many years later until I found it again at a specialty shop. Trust me! This is good stuff, a wee pricey but worth it.
Now for a side note about photographing glass. Be aware of where you are standing or you will be reflected in the glass no matter what its color is and if you do as I did – use a window for natural light – that will reflect in the glass too. It takes patience and playing around with light diffusers (curtain sheers or a white sheet) and the positioning of the subject matter along with the camera to get it to your liking. There is post editing to remove and clean things up but with glass that can be a chore. But sometimes reflections in glass like holiday lights, the sun, and scenery to name a few make great images. It’s your vision – go for it!