This Mother’s day, I’m celebrating my love and memories of Clotilde, with a glass of Clotilde Davenne Crémant de Bourgogne!
A few years ago, I discovered Clotilde Davenne on the wine list at Camerata at Paulie’s Wine Bar, and had to try a bottle! Clotilde Davenne is not a champagne, but a Crémant de Bourgogne: both are French, coming from different regions but made in the same traditional manner. I found Clotilde Davenne Cremant to be extraordinary, and in my opinion competes right along with the best champagnes and other popular sparkling wines in the same category.
Another reason why I was so compelled to try Clotilde Davenne is I have a personal connection to the name Clotilde, You see, my aunt, Clotilde “Lillie” Castillo-Serna, was my Godmother. Godparents in the Latino community are very special and have an important role in one’s life. My “Madrina” (“Godmother” in Spanish) —”Nina” for short — took her position very seriously and I so appreciated her guidance, love and friendship throughout my life and Catholic upbringing.
My Nina’s given name was Clotilde, named after a female heroine in a Spanish novel my grandfather was reading at the time (we’re not sure which book). Growing up, “Clotilde” eventually shortened to “Lillie”. Lillie loved her family, family-style celebrations and especially Thanksgiving. She also liked the bubbly and was partial to sparkling wines from northern California. One funny, sweet memory we have of my Nina goes: while enjoying dinner at a posh restaurant in northern California, she asked the waiter, “Please do fill my glass with more shrimp (and in her warm silly giggle)…I mean please…more champagne.” LOL! For years after, she never lived that moment down… and smiled every time we remembered.
For this upcoming Mothers Day, a highly Latino-celebrated holiday, we’re cooking a feast and toasting to my Nina in heaven for her love of family, friends and good food with a Crémant De Bourgogne instead of champagne.
For your Mothers’s day celebration, you can also find Clotilde Davenne Crémant De Bourgogne @WholeFoods in their sparkling wine section.