There is something about champagne that makes every moment float. No, I don’t just mean alcohol or just the bubbles (although they help). Drinking champagne in the Hamptons on an August Wednesday is a reminder to celebrate and savor every second of the Summer.
You know you’ve made it as a writer in the Hamptons when you get invited to a celebrity-hosted champagne and caviar event at one of the Hamptons’ most venerated venues—Sunset Beach Hotel. This is where you host a champagne and caviar event, that is, only if your vintner can match the vibe.
Luckily, G.H.Mumm knows that the Hamptons are meant for celebrating and elevating every day. The iconic G.H.Mumm Champagne House, a scion of luxury since 1827, celebrates life’s most significant moments and the little luxuries that make Hamptons’ life so special.
Graciously hosted by celebrities Bryan Greenberg and Jamie Chung, invited guests were treated to an intimate and exclusive evening, perfectly pairing a taste of Summer’s most vivacious champagne with creative bites surrounded by the beautiful sunset. Among the notable guests (your favorite writer included) were models, influencers, and tastemakers.
Not to name-drop, but check out the guest list! Izzy Metz, Bella Banos, Young Paris, Ali Lasky (owner, The Influence.), Kailyn Shepherd, Sergio Farias, Carson Light, Cole Combas, Em Marie, Faith Harper, Joe Floww, Justice Carradine, Kate Helming, Kelsey Elliott, Julian Perry, Megha Bajaj, Maggie McCormick, Sarah Hemrick, Tommy Ros, Victoria Casalino… All elegantly captured by prolific Hamptons photographer Rob Rich.
The night was distinctly European: French champagne, Portuguese disco, decadent caviar.
Sunset Beach is The Peconic Portofino, in a world of its own on the North shore of Shelter Island, where the sunsets’ dazzling light shimmers across the glassy water. Light, airy, easy-going, and elegant—in the bottle and all around.
Can’t say no to caviar. Well, I guess you can say no, but you shouldn’t. Not when it’s this good. And especially when it’s been curated to pair perfectly. Best yet, when it’s a passed appetizer, no one can accuse you of taking too much. Mumm is NOT the word (sorry about that) for champagne this delicious, and it’s available all around the Hamptons.
The garden courtyard balances beachy and elegant, encapsulated best by an outdoor disco ball—this is where you want to take a pic for the gram. Sorry to anyone I photobombed frantically scribbling notes (if I did, tag me @bydavidandrews)!
G.H.Mumm is its own celebrity bartender, the real star of the show. Not to ignore the actual bartender, busy pouring an endless flight of delicious bubbles. Every 5 minutes, saying “Cheers” loud enough to clear the slowly growing line of people waiting to order, including me. Just grab a glass, buddy.
Facing the delightful decision between the Rose (my fav) and the Brut (a close second) isn’t a bad position to find yourself in. Sometimes, the majesty of the moment calls for recognition and gratitude—calls for celebration—calls for champagne!
As the sunset over the bay, rays of pink paint the pastel sky so bright even the ground glows. Without hyperbole or hesitation, this is the best sunset in the Hamptons (sorry, Montaukette). Scanning the scene, a wash of sun-kissed and smiling faces. And honestly, why wouldn’t you smile? You’re drinking Champagne, eating caviar, and watching the sunset in the Hamptons.