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Churchill Men of Valor
October 7, 2022 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 amSOLD OUT
Sir Winston Churchill was a man of many talents and exquisite taste. Ten gentlemen will join Gary Rzucidlo and Josh Ehrenfeld at Gary’s house on Friday, October 7, 2022 for a very Churchillian afternoon.
If there’s one thing Churchill was quite an expert in, it’s alcohol. Sailing to South Africa as a young war correspondent in 1899, Churchill took with him 60 bottles of alcohol: 36 bottles of wine, 18 bottles of aged scotch, and 6 bottles of vintage brandy with him.
According to Churchill’s private secretary Jock Colville, he’d kick off his day with a daily whiskey mouthwash. His whiskey of choice? Johnnie Walker. His cabinets were always stocked with whiskey, claret, and port.
Churchill is best-known as a whiskey drinker, but his favorite beverage was Champagne. Quoting Napoleon, he said that he deserved it in victory and needed it in defeat. He bought bottles from a variety of vineyards, but his preference was for Pol Roger, particularly the 1921 vintage. He was a loyal customer from his first glass in 1908 until his death, and he developed such a close affinity for the brand that it has created a label in his honor. One estimate places his consumption of Pol Roger champagne at 42,000 bottles during his lifetime.
Churchill was even quoted as saying, When I was younger, I made it a rule never to take strong drink before lunch. It is now my rule never to do so before breakfast. This lunch will pay homage to the great Winston Churchill, from start to finish.
This gathering will begin with, of course, Sir Winston Churchill Pol Roger, followed by a catered lunch prepared by Chef Kevin Ramquist and paired with Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Following the meal, the group will retire with an assortment of blended and single malt scotches (including Johnnie Walker Blue Label and Macallan 18 year) and of course, all the while enjoying cigars from a selection of Romeo y Julieta Habana Churchill cigars.
Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 2006
Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2013 (3L)
Johnnie Walker Blue Label
The Macallan Highland Single Malt Scotch Whiskey,
18 years Old
Romeo y Julieta, Habana (Cuba) Churchill Cigars
Donated by Gary Rzucidlo, Josh Ehrenfeld