Tag 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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The Best Cavas of Catalonia

Cava is one of the most important wines of Catalonia (Cataluña) and thus is also a major part of our Report #42 The Wines of Catalonia, to be released May 2014.  We’ve tasted more than 100 Cavas, almost all from … Continue reading

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Francis Ford Coppola Winery: Five 2011 Chardonnays

The Chardonnays reviewed here are from three different collections of the Francis Coppola Winery and are made from grapes sourced from several of California’s best growing regions. The Director’s Collection which is a series of wines to “showcase Sonoma County” … 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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How to Read a Champagne Label

Knowing how to read a Champagne label can help you make the right choice of Champagne for your next meal or for a gift during the holiday season. Here are 7 tips from our just published Report #34 Champagne Revisited … Continue reading

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Discussing Champagne with Roederer’s Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon

Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon, Louis Roederer’s Chef de Caves, came to Washington, DC, last week. We spent an hour talking with him about Champagne before we all sat down to a Champagne luncheon in his honor hosted by Maisons Marques & Domaines. … Continue reading

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Champagne Sales Bubble Up

According to the CIVC (Comité Interprofessionel du Vin de Champagne), the world purchased 323 million bottles of Champagne in 2011, of which 44% were exported. The single largest export market is the UK (35 million bottles), and the second largest … Continue reading

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