If you are unsure what is a great champagne, then surely you can look to the taste makers of Hollywood for guidance. One such screen star is Lesley Nicol, the actress who plays Mrs. Patmore, the grand madam of the Downton Abbey kitchen and who was nominated by the Screen Actors Guild for best outstanding performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Surely she must know, as the culinary queen of the Yorkshire estate — at least on the telly, what is a good bubbly when she sips it.
While Nichol’s imbibing as as a guest of honor at a recent Vitalie Taittinger-hosted preview of the SAG Awards ceremony is not to imply an endorsement of the fine champagne, as the SAG Awards PR folks are quick to point out, she did seem to enjoy toasting with it at the exclusive event where invitees were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the set and the table, food, champagne, spirits, and flowers that the nominees and Hollywood’s luminaries will enjoy.
As the official Champagne sponsor for the SAG Awards for the past 16 years, Champagne Taittinger, one of the last family-owned grand marque Champagne houses in the world, had the opportunity to invite a few members of the press to cover the SAG Awards ‘Behind-The-Scenes Day.’
Attendees mixed and mingled with the Vitalie Taittinger, Heiress and Artistic Director of Champagne Taittinger, as well as many of the people that make The SAG Awards a success, such as executive producer Kathy Connell, production designer Joe Stewart, event designer Keith Greco, and committee chair and SAGAFTRA Foundation board president JoBeth Williams.
Lauded by critics for its style, simplicity and genuineness, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which made its debut in 1995, is the only televised awards show to exclusively honor performers. It presents thirteen awards for acting in film and television in a fast moving two hour show which airs live on TNT and TBS. The awards focus on both individual performances as well as on the work of the entire ensemble.