Friday August 7, 2020

Winston Churchill, Champagne and County Antrim

The history of the Pol Roger house is intertwined with the life story of Winston Churchill – and it is quite the sparkling connection

20th November, 2016
Winston Churchill with his wife Clementine (right) giving a toast in Switzerland in 1946, during one of the many receptions given in honour of the British prime minister after he left office

It has long been a goal of mine to find any kind of connection between a Champagne house and Ireland. We could then usher in a new contender to the Wine Geese fold, the group of wineries around the world founded or run by Irish men and women.

Last week, that goal began to crystallise as one of the Pol Roger family members, Hubert de Billy, a fifth-generation descendant of the original Pol Roger, was...

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