Don and Petie Kladstrup

Don and Petie Kladstrup are former journalists and now live in Paris. Don was a television news correspondent for CBS and ABC News from 1978 through 1994 and is the winner of three Emmys, two Dupont-Columbia Awards (Gold Baton), the Robert F. Kennedy award for humanitarian journalism, several Overseas Press Club awards, and a National Association of Black Journalists award. Petie was a reporter for several midwestern newspapers, assistant to the U.S. ambassador to UNESCO in Paris, and is the winner of an Overseas Press Club award. They are the coauthors of Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France’s Greatest Treasure and Champagne: How the World’s Most Glamorous Wine Triumphed over War and Hard Times.


Champagne Charlie

Champagne Charlie by Don and Petie Kladstrup

Champagne Charlie | The Frenchman Who Taught Americans to Love Champagne by Don and Petie Kladstrup recounts the story about Charles Heidsieck, who faced a tumultuous road in his quest to introduce champagne to the United States. It is a thrilling tale of how the go-to celebratory drink of our time made its way, thanks to the controversial figure of Heidsieck.