As Robin Leach used to say, "Champagne wishes and caviar dreams."
Well, for one Beverly Hills super lawyer, Champagne is a wish that has come true.
UCLA School of Law 2012 Alumni of the Year Honoree Melanie Cook is devout when it comes to Champagne and hopes to turn others onto the wonders of imbibing the bubbly.
"Any time I drink Champagne, I feel it suddenly is a more special moment," she said. "Every big or important ceremony seems to begin with the opening of a bottle of Champagne."
Cook, who possesses a medal of Coteaux for her knowledge and love of Champagne, was first introduced to the sparkling drink 12 years ago when seated next to a winemaker at a dinner party.
As more of a teetotaler, I urged Cook to school me about her favorite Champagne, and I must admit I am sold on the wonders of sipping the sumptuous sparkler.
Cook prefers Perrier-Jouët, a Champagne producer based in the Épernay region of Champagne, France.
"If you are going to drink Champagne, this is the one to have," she said.
Perrier-Jouët was founded in 1811 by Pierre-Nicolas-Marie Perrier-Jouët, and produces both vintage and non-vintage cuvée. Cook is obviously not alone in her admiration since the house produces approximately 3,000,000 bottles annually.
Cook and her husband Woody Woods, once a beer devotee who has come to embrace the wonders of Champagne, hosted a party in their Beverly Hills home recently for Agnes Jones, the Ambassador of Perrier-Jouët. While tasting five champagnes, Jones explained each bottle, as well as the making of Champagne in Épernay.
For her 40th birthday, Cook visited the Champagne region in France to see firsthand how her favorite bubbly is created. She extols the wonders of a hangover-free evening with Champagne.
"I love that you remember everything from the night before. That is the mark of a good champagne," she said. "My mission is to introduce everyone to the wonders of champagne."
Many claim there are also health benefits to Champagne, due to its antioxidants and trace minerals.
"French women are thin and drink bubbly," Cook noted.
And yes, Cook is also thin.
So let's recap. Cook is successful, brilliant, feted, thin, highly respected, fun, loved by all, and did I say thin?
Waiter, remove my chocolate mousse and bring me some Champagne, please.