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Sushi & Sparkles
Have you ever had Champagne with Sushi? If not, then you're missing out. This is a classic pairing. There are sushi bars that will allow us to bring our own wines. Some do not charge a corkage fee. For the sushi bars that do charge, it varies from 10 to 20 USD per bottle. Please bring a bottle to share with the group. If you're not sure what kind of wine to bring, perhaps share the cost of a bottle with someone. Ideally, it would be great to have at least 1 bottle for every 2 people. Rosé Champagnes pair really amazing with sushi. The "brut" sweetness level will work fine. If you like spicy sushi, an "extra dry" or "demi-sec" will do. The exact restaurant and date will be posted shortly.. Leaning towards either Goye-Mon or Sushi-Mon (sahara) around late June, 2016.

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    What we're about

    Bonjour !

    This group is dedicated to one of the best drinks ever created:
    Sparkling wine from the Champagne region of France.......aka CHAMPAGNE !

    This group is for those who love, enjoy, and are passionate about Champagne and would like to connect with others who are of like mind. Although there are other wine groups in the Las Vegas area, these other wine groups gather mainly for still wines. There has yet to be a group dedicated mainly for sparkling wines.

    The purpose of this group is to spread the awareness that Champagne is not just a celebratory wine that one would consume only on holidays or special occasions, but a wine that can be consumed more often and be paired with food, just like still wine.

    Goals for the meetup group include:
    * To laugh and be bubbly! (Champagne results in a bubbly and giddy buzz)
    * Discover foods and dishes that Champagnes would pair amazing with
    * Taste, experience, and share various Champagnes
    * Improve the palate if one is a connoisseur
    * Increase one's knowledge, appreciation, and respect for Champagnes

    For now, there will be a meetup twice per month. One of the tastings can be at my place or someone's home should they wish to host (we all can take turns hosting) while the other tasting can be at a restaurant that allows one to bring their own wine.

    Before joining the group, there are a couple of things the organizer would like each member to be aware of as there are people who are either misinformed or misled as to what Champagne is.

    For those who are not aware, Champagne is a sparkling wine that comes from the Champagne region of France. Most people are under the impression that all sparkling wines are champagnes--this is not correct. Unless a sparkling wine comes from Champagne, it would not be proper to label or call it "Champagne".

    Here is a map of the wine regions of France.
    The Champagne region is just east of Paris.

    https://thewhalleywineshop.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/france_wine_map.jpg

    Some popular Champagne producers include:
    * Bollinger
    * Taittinger
    * Moët &; Chandon
    * Krug
    * Veuve Cliquot
    * Louis Roederer
    * Perrier Jouët

    Some sparkling wines which people mistake for champagne are:
    * Korbel
    * Cooks
    * Barefoot
    * Tott's
    * Andre's
    Sadly, these producers from California are merely marketing their cheap sparkling wines as champagnes when they really shouldn't. Therefore, if the previous are all you have ever had, then you have never had Champagne as Champagne has a different taste and feel on the palate, and is produced differently.

    The previous paragraph is not intended to defame the mentioned producers, but rather, to make it known that these are NOT champagnes. To be fair, there are producers in California that respect the Champagne region of France by not labeling their sparkling wines as champagnes.

    Some fine California sparkling wine producers include:
    * Domaine Carneros
    * Domaine Chandon
    * Schramsberg

    A simple phrase to keep in mind is:
    "Champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wines are champagnes."

    It is not required for one to have vast knowledge about Champagne to join this group, but if one did, they would really appreciate and respect Champagne. This group is for tasting with persons who are adventurous, creative, open-minded, and have a passion for Champagne.

    Please be aware that Champagne can be relatively expensive. Expect to spend around at least 40 USD for a bottle to share should you decide to join this group and attend a tasting.

    Also, although this group will be focused mainly on sparkling wines from Champagne, France, it is not exclusive to that. As Champagne can be pricey, we could also have tastings with less expensive but decent sparkling wines from Italy (Franciacorta, Asti, Prosecco), Spain (Cava), and California (Producers who do not label their sparkling wines as Champagnes).

    Lastly, the group is purposely limited to 50 members and the meetups will be limited to 10/12 people so that everyone gets at least 2oz of Champagne to taste when we share. Unless of course we attend a public wine tasting such as UNLVino's "Bubble-Licious" and Wine Spectator's "Grand Tour" which can accommodate many.

    So, if you're ready to enjoy some fine bubbly, explore amazing pairings, and laugh, this group is for you!

    Looking forward to enjoying Champagne with you!

    Santé !

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