Matt Czuchry and Vitalie Taittinger to Open the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® Red Carpet with a Champagne Taittinger Toast

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 25, 2012) – Matt Czuchry, a star of the hit CBS drama “The Good Wife” and a three-time Actor® nominee, will be joined by Vitalie Taittinger, Artistic Director of Champagne Taittinger, to open the red carpet at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® on Sunday, Jan. 29, executive producer and director Jeff Margolis announced today. The annual Champagne Taittinger toast marks the opening of the ceremony and will be Vitalie Taittinger’s U.S. debut as Champagne Taittinger’s new global spokesperson.

Czuchry joins a growing roster of actors who will honor their colleagues at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards that already includes Kevin Bacon, Kenneth Branagh, Kyle Chandler, Jean Dujardin, Patrick Duffy, Tina Fey, Linda Gray, Judy Greer, Larry Hagman, Armie Hammer, Ed Helms, SAG President Ken Howard, Regina King, John Krasinski, Julianna Margulies, Natalie Portman, Maya Rudolph, Kyra Sedgwick, Octavia Spencer, Meryl Streep, Dick Van Dyke and Michelle Williams.

The SAG Awards® ceremony will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT) from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. An encore presentation will air immediately following on TNT at 10 p.m. (ET) / 7 p.m. (PT)

Matt Czuchry, who stars as deputy state’s attorney Cary Agos on “The Good Wife,” has been honored with three consecutive Actor® nominations as a member of the series’ ensemble. He was previously best known for his portrayal of Logan Huntzberger on ‘Gilmore Girls” and his recurring role as Chris Kennedy on “Friday Night Lights.”

Champagne Taittinger’s new global ambassador, Vitalie Taittinger, is the champagne house’s Artistic Director. A trained artist, Vitalie develops and enhances the image of Champagne Taittinger through its visual identity, design and public relations. Vitalie is pleased to be making her U.S. debut with the Champagne Taittinger toast at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®. “Elegance, beauty, and passion define Champagne Taittinger and make the SAG Awards such a dazzling night. We are thrilled to toast to actors-as their gifted performances have the power to move and inspire, like Champagne,” says Vitalie Taittinger.

Champagne Taittinger, the only marquee family-owned and operated Champagne house, is celebrating its 12th year toasting film and television at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Champagne Taittinger’s Brut La Française NV will be served to attending entertainment industry luminaries.