Category Archives: Champagne

Holiday Toasts: Sparkling Rosés from Champagne and America

Champagne and sparkling wines are festive by nature and perfect for holiday toasts. Lively and effervescent, they literally “sparkle”. Rosé Champagnes and sparkling wines are especially festive. They not only have bubbles; many have a touch more fruity sweetness and … Continue reading

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Laetitia: Superb Sparkling Wines from the Arroyo Grande

Preparing our 2015 end of year report on American Sparkling Wine, we recently tasted the sparkling wines from Laetitia, located 6 miles south of Pismo Beach on California’s Central Coast. These are sumptuous wines that show unusual refinement while also … Continue reading

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Israel’s Golan Heights Winery: Review of Current Releases

The Golan Heights Winery is one of Israel’s leading wineries.   Established in 1983, its first wines were released to critical acclaim within Israel and abroad.  Today it produces 450,000 cases annually and exports its wine to more than 25 countries.   … Continue reading

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The Vineyard’s Successful 7th Annual Champagne Bash

This past Thursday evening I attended  The Vineyard’s  “7th Annual Champagne Bash”   It’s a terrific event held at the beginning of  the holiday season which offers  customers the opportunity to taste a wide selection of stellar Champagnes.   This year’s selections included … Continue reading

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Rosé Champagne and Sparkling Wine for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s is the perfect, romantic occasion to crack open an elegant, sparkling rosé.  We reviewed 150 for our recent Report # 40 on Rosé Champagne and Sparkling Wines.  Drawing on those reviews, we present our recommendations for those celebrating Valentine’s … Continue reading

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The World’s Love Affair with Rosé Champagne

All the world loves rosé Champagne, today more than ever. While the French consume the most, the British and Americans aren’t far behind.  Rosé Champagne sales have continued to increase over the past few years despite the severe recession and … Continue reading

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Champagne and Rhône Selections from JAO Imports

John Otterbeck, owner and founder of JAO Imports, and his wife Dominique are especially well known for the very high quality wines they bring in from boutique, family run domaines in Burgundy.  While focused on Burgundy, they also venture a … Continue reading

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Rosé Champagne: Blending Lessons from Veuve Clicquot

Rosé Champagne is more popular than ever these days.    In preparing for this holiday season, the International Wine Review is issuing a special report focusing on rosé Champagne and sparkling wine.  The report will be a follow-up to our Report … Continue reading

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Cristal Through the Ages

Louis Roederer’s Cristal was the world’s first prestige cuvée Champagne and is still the most famous (and one of the most expensive, too).  Thanks to Maisons Marques & Domaines’ East Coast representative Roland Herrmann, we recently had the opportunity to … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Finest Wines of Champagne by Michael Edwards

>When preparing for a trip to Champagne last year, Michael Edwards’ book The Finest Wines of Champagne was an invaluable resource.  Although published by the University of California Press in 2009, it’s the kind of solid, scholarly book that ages … Continue reading

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