News Waitresses at Kitsch nightclub hold bottles of champagne

Pair were handed £66,778.91 and £64,279.70 bar tabs after ordering bottles of Cristal champagne and Dom Perignon.

Traveller's Guide: Champagne

The grape harvest has begun, but this iconic corner of France has plenty more sparkle beyond its vineyards, says <b>Harriet O'Brien</b>

Fizz on the rocks: Pimping a classic drink

As difficult economic times continue to take their toll on life's little luxuries, champagne houses have discovered the benefits of pimping the classic drink, reports Luke Blackall

Sales rise of 17% puts fizz back into LVMH

LVMH, the world's biggest luxury goods group, posted sparkling first-quarter sales figures for all of its businesses. The maker of Moët et Chandon champagne and Louis Vuitton handbags saw its sales grow by 17 per cent to €5.25bn (£4.6bn) over the three months, and reported "strong momentum" in the US, Europe and Asia. Revenues for watches and jewellery surged by 28 per cent.

Simon Calder: New rules on liquids need solid foundations

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Travel challenge: Gourmet France in early June

Every week we invite three competing companies to offer us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a seven-night food or wine-themed holiday in France. Prices are per person, based on two people travelling together in June.

Talk about vintage bubbly! Divers find 220-year-old bottle

A treasure trove of two centuries-old, but perfectly drinkable, champagne has been found near a shipwreck 180 feet deep in the Baltic. It is thought that the champagne may belong to a consignment sent to the tsar of Russia by King Louis XVI just before the French revolution. If so, the bottles – at least 30 of them and possibly many more – could be worth millions of pounds at auction.

Album: Ke$ha, Animal (RCA Columbia)

The ruthless stare she affects for the cover – part acid-tongued cheerleader, part Catherine Tate's not-bovvered Lauren - accurately signals Ke$ha's no-nonsense assault on celebrity.

Consuming Issuse: The phoney supermarket price war

Tesco and Asda are said to be locked in a festive price war, handing hard-up customers some festive cheer in the recession. Before cracking open the bubbly, it's worth remembering that Father Christmas visits only once a year and the last time he descended my chimney he wasn't wearing the liveried uniform of a supermarket chain.

Six of the best: Corporate gifts

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How the bubbly burst

The finest champagne grapes will wither on the vine this year &ndash; made redundant by recession.

A vintage crime: Dom Perignon conman's 100,000-bottle fraud

Turkish folk singer conned French vineyards then sold wine to London restaurants

Champagne. It's top of the pops for a tour

Demand for bubbly still outstrips supply. Andy Lynes visits Reims to discover the secrets of the world's favourite fizz
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