Hostess with the Most: Wines of the Empress Josephine

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  1. [​IMG]Here’s a switch. Instead of spending the afternoon at Piazza Navona, take a few minutes and walk up the street to the Museo Napoleonico at Palazzo Primoli, for a glimpse into Empress Josephine’s wine cellar. From 1800 until the time of her death in 1814, Josephine amassed an impressive collection of over 13,000 wines at her (and Napoleon’s) country get-away Château de Malmaison, leading a revolution across high society tables.
    Wines of the Empress: Josephine’s Wine Cellar showcases Josephine’s delicious vintages, including luxury Bordeaux, approximately 45% of her collection, according to The Independent, which would be later classified as First Growths in 1855: Lafite, Latour, Margaux and Haut Brion, as well as sweet wines from Sauternes. Alongside the Bordeaux, her cellar French regional wines and champagnes, wines from South Africa, and 332 bottles of rum– a nod to her Caribbean upbringing. [​IMG]The exhibition places you as well at the seat of honor at the Empress’s table with exquisite crystal stemware and curious, lavish escutcheons, coat-of-arms shields placed on the bottles as there were no labels.
    Palazzo Primoli, Piazza di Ponte Umberto I 1​
    Tuesdays through Sundays, 9am to 7pm​
    through 27 February 2011​


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