Date: Friday, September 2, 2011
Following Saturday's USA vs. England match on Sept. 3, a 'Sabrage' of Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte by wine expert Jeffrey Pogash will be a highlight of the Trophy Presentation, to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Westchester Cup, as well as Season XX of the Newport International Polo Series.
Sabrage is a technique for opening a champagne bottle with a sabre, used for ceremonial occasions, which dates back to the Napoleonic era in France when the army of Napoleon visited many of the aristocratic domains. The saber was the weapon of choice of Napoleon's fearsome light cavalry, who's spectacular victories across all Europe gave them plenty of reason to celebrate. During these parties the cavalry would open the Champagne with their sabers. Napoleon, known to have said, "Champagne! In victory one deserves it; in defeat one needs it."
The most legendary of all international polo tournaments, the Westchester Cup, was inaugurated in Newport between US and England in 1886, and was one of the earliest international sporting events, predating the modern day Olympic Games. The 125th Westchester Jubilee will celebrate the origin of this most famous polo rivalry in the history of the sport, and set in motion the excitement & anticipation of its next contest in the not-to-distant future.
The day's events will conclude with a western-style BBQ dinner, a nod to match sponsor, Texas-based Mission Pharmacal.
Jeffrey Pogash is a french wine expert, whose career spans decades with Moet Hennessy and as US representative with France's wine growers industry. He is currently a consultant of The Cocktail Guru, special inhouse mixologist and creator of signature cocktails for the Newport International Polo Series. Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte is the official champagne of the Newport International Polo Series.