|Sent on:||Friday, December 30, 2011 4:44 PM|
First, on behalf of the organizers, wine-tenders, photographers, and everyone connected with helping make our wine-tasting events so successful – I would like to wish all of you a very Happy New Year!!!
If you haven't done so yet, please check-out the pictures we posted of our most recent event … the pictures speak for themselves and clearly demonstrate the fun everyone was having.
I also want to announce our next event to be held on Friday – February 10, 2010 … So keep this date open. We are planning a very special event, with detail to follow soon.
Lastly, I would like to offer you some tips and bits about Champagne, so you can more fully enjoy it as you usher the New Year … CHEERS!!!
... If you know that Champagne is a region in France, then you are a step ahead of most. In fact, it is the only sparkling wine region in the world that is entitled to name there bubbles, Champagne,.
... How much to spend on Champagne for New Years? You can spend 20-40 bux on a bottle of Champagne that is authentic and true to it's taste at the wine shop I work at (Trader Joes),.
Pairing Champagne with food:
Champagne is the most food friendly wine the world has to offer. Aperitifs, main courses and desserts alike, all blend with it's revelatory effervescence, cleansing the palate after each mouthful, and making it a true Renaissance wine.
- Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label rated 91 by Wine Spectator is my choice for this occasion. It's lacy filigree of a 200 dollar bottle of Champagne, with classic aromas of a fresh baked sourdough loaf, makes it worth the 40 dollar price tag at the wine shop.
- Nicolas Feuillatte's Rose Brut is astonishingly tastier then it's more expensive competitor, Veuve Clicquot's Rose . There is an expression of baked foccaccia on the nose, with a subtle balance of candied apples and soft bubbles that leave a slight tingle on your tongue. A well priced Nicolas Feuillatte Brut with a 92 pt rating, certainly fits the bill. Hey as long as the bubbles fizz and the cork pops, you and Nicolas will definitely be able go out in style.
Characteristics of a Classic Champagne?
- It's all about the softness of the bubbles. As the quality of Champagne increases, the bubbles become softer and smoother.
- You want your Champagne to have a radiance of gold with aromas and flavors of freshly baked biscuits.
- Champagne consists of a blend of 3 grapes, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Each bringing there own flavor components and texture to the sparkler.
I look forward to seeing you all on February 10th at the Denise Bibro Gallery.
Again, wishing you all a bubbly New Year.