There is après-ski and then there is après-ski. Leave it to champagne makers Veuve Clicquot to design the ultimate yurt at the Montage Hotel in Park City, Utah, where my family and I were thrilled to park our skis for a midday toast.
Just when we thought the afternoon couldn’t get any finer, Dominique Demarville, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin’s chef de cave stopped in. Was I in Reims? The connoisseur of cuvee told us the story of Madame Clicquot, who, when widowed at age 27, took over her husband’s wine business and in doing so, forever changed the champagne industry. Fascinating!
Boston Design Guide Publisher Melanie Perillo and family pictured with Cellar Master Dominique Demarville of Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin (far left)
Hot toddies, you have a lot to live up to, because between our flutes of Yellow Label, the mountain views and an impromptu wine history lesson by one of the world’s leading authorities, this ski warm-up session quickly became a special occasion.