Note from the Publisher May 2021

Photo by Andrea Hutchinson.

Remember gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s champagne!”
-Winston Churchill

Throughout its history, champagne has been a celebratory drink that made appearances at the coronations of kings, queens and the launching of ships. Champagne is associated with luxury, celebration and real estate. Whether you are purchasing your first home or moving onto something new, the sound of a bottle of champagne opening is always in order. In this issue, we spoke to several local real estate gurus to get the inside scoop on today’s real estate market and how they got involved in the industry. Buying and/or selling a home can be very emotional,  and whether you are leaving a home you have lived in for years, renovating or house hunting, don’t forget that when one door closes another opens. 

Champagne is my libation of choice. Although I definitely enjoy a good ol’ Kentucky bourbon now and then, the effervescence of champagne gets me every time. Maybe I’m unique in the fact that, in my opinion, champagne pairs with just about everything. From haute cuisine to potato chips, you can’t go wrong. Here’s a champagne fun fact about how the first-ever champagne spray began. In 1967, A.J. Foyt and Dan Gurney decided to have a little fun to celebrate their win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a famous sports car race held annually near the town of Le Mans, France, known simply as “Le Mans.” Gurney shook a bottle of champagne and sprayed the crowd that included Henry Ford ll and his new bride. 

From then on, a new tradition was born. Motorsports’ first champagne spray commemorated the first two Americans to win the world’s best-known automobile race. Speaking of champagne sprays, polo matches also share this tradition. The winning team is typically sprayed with champagne after they are officially announced the winners; now that’s a terrific tradition. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to find a bottle of champagne, pop the cork, kick back for a while and enjoy the beautiful springtime that is upon us. 

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Janice Carter Levitch Humphrey