War, Revolution and Tsarine: How Russia Shaped Champagne Image of Tsarine Champagne
The sparkling wine was first popularized in 18th-century imperial Russia during the reign of Empress Anna Ivanovna (1730–40). During her successor, Elizabeth Petrovna’s reign (1741–62), it wasn’t uncommon to serve 1,000 bottles of Champagne at a single event. The bottles of Chanoine Frères, one of the oldest Champagne houses, graced the tables of notables like Czarina Catherine II, better known as Catherine the Great. But it wasn’t until Russians encountered Veuve Clicquot’s Champagne that they fell in love with the wine.