The Beverly Hills event celebrated French Champagne with a reception and saber ceremony. // © 2017 Atout France
On Feb. 22, Atout France, the country's tourism arm, hosted "Nuit du
Champagne Celebrates Cinema" at the Los Angeles residence of the consul
general of France. The Beverly Hills event featured presentations and
workshops from Atout France, Champagne Tourism, Reims Tourist Office and
more. The evening, which was held in its first edition last summer in
Washington, D.C., aims to "reaffirm French Champagne as the only authentic
Champagne" and promote French tourism in the U.S.
The night culminated in a Champagne cocktail reception and an induction
ceremony by Confrerie du Sabre d'Or (Order of the Golden Saber), where a
bottle of bubbly was opened by the technique of sabrage (knocking off the
top of a champagne bottle with a saber).