Veuve Clicquot is celebrating its 30th anniversary in Ireland this year. The Vevue Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award has recognised and rewarded women around the globe who have succeeded in the business world and who personify the characteristics of Madame Clicquot, the founder of  the great Vevue Clicquot champagne house.

Originally created in France in 1972, in conjunction with the famous champagne house’s bicentenary celebrations, Vevue Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award is now held in 20 countries worldwide. It was introduced to commemorate Madame Clicquot, the first great businesswoman of her era. www.veuveclicquotaward.com

Colette Twomey, Managing Director of Clonakilty Blackpudding is the 2011 winner.

Edward Dillon & Co. Ltd are the agents in Ireland for Vevue Clicquot Champagne.

$ 70,000 a bottle for ship’s bubbly

Two bottles of bubbly preserved for nearly 200 years in a Baltic Sea shipwreck are heading for the auction block. The Government of the Aland Islands – an autonomous region of Finland – said it will auction off one bottle each of the oldest preserved examples of Vevue Clicquot and Juglar on June 3rd. Experts believe the bottles could fetch more than $70,000 (€ 49,000) each at auction.