Category Archives: Champagne

Bruno Paillard’s Exquisite Champagnes

Bruno Paillard accomplished what many thought impossible—creating a new, prestigious Champagne house from scratch.  Champenois by birth, he had the advantage of a family history of growing grapes in Champagne, and he began by working in the Champagne wine trade. … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson’s Champagne (Sillery) & Food

In this article, we report on our tasting of the wine and food of Thomas Jefferson with special focus on Champagne and the recipes Jefferson acquired while living in France. Our tasting included the Champagne from one of his favorite … Continue reading

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The Outstanding Low Dosage Champagnes of JM Sélèque

Founded in 1965 by Henri Sélèque in Pierry, a Premier Cru village in the Coteaux Sud d’Epernay in the Vallée de la Marne, today JM Sélèque is one of the top producers of grower Champagne (récoltant-manipulant). Champagne in Pierry dates … Continue reading

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Cristal Champagne Through the Ages

We recently dusted off one of those special bottles in our cellar and opened it on an equally special occasion—a dinner with friends of fresh oysters, osso buco, and risotto milanese. That bottle was the Louis Roederer 2002 Cristal Champagne, … Continue reading

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Champagne Barons de Rothschild: Current Releases

With its lengthy and lofty heritage in Bordeaux, the Rothschild name conveys excellence in wine. But in Champagne where many of the houses are centuries old, it’s a relative newcomer. Although they’re new producers, the Rothschilds are not without prior connections … Continue reading

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Graham Beck: Exclusive Focus on Premium Sparkling

Industrialist Graham Beck founded his eponymous vineyard and winery in Robertson in 1983.  A few years later Pieter Ferreira joined Graham Beck, making his first sparkling wine  (called MCC or Methode Cap Classique in South Africa) in 1991. We visited … Continue reading

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Champagnes & Sparkling Wines for the Holidays: The Best of 2018

Champagne and sparkling wines are especially popular during the Holidays. Families and friends toast their friendship and welcome the new year with the bubbles that convey a sense of celebration and joy.  To help guide your purchases of Champagne and … Continue reading

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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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