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A global result from the teaming of “small towns”

Well, this isn’t exactly “breaking news” anymore, because the article is dated 18th May 2010.  Nonetheless it’s still worth noting the effects of what has happened.

For those of you who understand German, it would be worth it to read the original article before reading this blog entry.  

Here is the original article:

To summarise the article, Taittinger the champagne house and Riedel the glass-making company have teamed-up for an evening event in Munich where “who’s who” of the media, gastronomy, and commerce were present.

The first significant aspect about this event is not how it is yet another P.R. soirée, it is rather the locations of the businesses.  Both Taittinger and Riedel are based in “small towns”.  Reims (home of Taittinger) has a population around 188,000 and Kufstein (home of Riedel) has a population of around 17,000.

The second significant aspect is the representatives of the two companies.  Vitalie Taittinger (her title is “artistic director”) and Laetizia Riedel (legal advisor of Riedel Glass) personify the next generation of their respective family businesses.  

For a photo of the two ladies, please go to the following link:,200012175528.html

Even though Taittinger and Riedel are known around the world, we should remind ourselves to look beyond the glitz and glamour and see that they still remain family businesses.  Despite being based in small towns, when companies team-up, they create global results.

Funny how what we see as globalisation could at times be localisation…

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And the capital of Champagne is…?

After a trip to the location, I have gotten to witness first hand the two polarising views about which of the two cities, Reims vs. Épernay, deserves the title of “capital of champagne”.  This blog entry is not here to give a definitive answer, because at the end of the day, it is a matter of personal opinion.  So, to help you decide which city you think should make the claim as the Capital of Champagne, let’s state some facts about them:



  • A city steeped in history, it boasts THE cathedral where the Kings of France from ages of old were crowned.  Therefore it is like what Cantebury is to England and what Aachen is to Germany.  If you consider champagne a “royal” drink, then perhaps this point would persuade you.
  • Many well-known champagne brands (a.k.a. “grandes marques”) are based in Reims.  When you’ve checked in early the next time you are at an airport, walk over to the duty free shopping area and read the labels.  You’ll find that many such brands available in those shops are based in Reims.


  • There are no vineyards in the vicinity of the city.
  • The city is not entirely devoted to champagne; it is also the home to other industries.  This results in no concentration of champagne “houses” (headquarters).  They are spread all across the city.



  • The industry of champagne dominates the way of life in the city.  All the famous champagne “houses” (headquarters) that are based in Épernay are on the appropriately named “Avenue de Champagne”.
  • There are vineyards in the vicinity of Épernay.


  • It is smaller than Reims and not as well known, unless you’re a champagne enthusiast.
  • There are only a few world famous brand to be located in Épernay.  Basically, this city is home to ultra-premium brands but mainstream consumers are more likely to have heard of Pommery than Pol Roger.

You might not agree with the points I’ve made.  You might debate with me by correctly pointing out that champagne is made from a blend of grapes from different vineyards, so it doesn’t matter if Reims doesn’t have any close by while Épernay does.  In the end, it is up to you to decide which of the two should be considered the capital of champagne. 

Please leave your opinion in the comments section below or reblog this entry.

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