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Le Voyage Hennessy: A Masterclass in the Art of Cognac & Cocktails with Rich Varga

  • BGLounge at Nerano Restaurant 9960 South Santa Monica Boulevard Beverly Hills, CA, 90212 United States (map)

Hennessy Le Voyage is a fun-filled and engaging, hands-on experience that educates and entertains in equal parts as attendees learn how Cognac is made and discover its forgotten history in some of our most-beloved cocktails. On Tuesday, November 19, join Hennessy Ambassador Rich Varga at BGLounge in Beverly Hills for an evening of fine Cognac and a lesson in cocktail crafting—the French 75 and the Sazerac—plus learn the traditional method of sampling Cognac. Then apply your new skills to savoring and tasting a 30-year-old rare blend. Admission includes gourmet Italian appetizers from the acclaimed kitchen of Nerano, two cocktails, and multiple pours of world-class Cognac!

Tickets are $40 for National Food & Beverage Foundation (NatFAB), USBG, SoCal Culinary & Spirits Clubs, and Hospitality Industry members, $45 General Admission in advance, and $50 at the door (if available). NatFAB membership is available to all at

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Rich Varga has been a Hennessy Cognac Ambassador since 2017. He draws on over a decade of experience as a Brand Ambassador in brown spirits—most recently as a Master of Scotch with The Glenlivet. An engaging and natural speaker, he has a flair for conveying complex ideas about distillation and wood chemistry in relatable terms and has a deep regard for the heritage behind the Hennessy brand.

During his career as a brand ambassador, Rich has nationally debuted brands to the press and personally conducted private tastings for Mexican President Vicente Fox and British Prime Minister Tony Blair. During his tenure as Hennessy Ambassador, Rich has had the honor of bringing Cognac to life through education platforms supporting Total Wine nationwide, Le Voyage, and the immersive Le Grand Voyage in New York City.

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Featured Pours & Cocktails

Welcome Cocktail

  • French 75 (featuring Hennessy VSOP)

Hennessy VSOP (two ways)

  • Neat

  • Sazerac Cocktail

Hennessy XO (two ways)

  • Neat

  • On a Tea Rock