Champagne – Explored and Considered

 
When: Thursday, March 15
Time: 6:00 pm TO 7:30 pm
Where: Milwaukee

Location: Bacchus Restaurant, Milwaukee, please call 414-765-1166 or email KatieEspinosa@bartolottas.com to register.  The night of the tasting please check in at the restaurant front desk to confirm your attendance.

Cost: $40 per person

 

Champagne – the most delicious drinking beverage in the world?  I think very much so.

Yet for all its deliciousness, and fame, glory, history and expense, few of us really know what Champagne is.  Sure, we know the slogan “Champagne only comes from Champagne, France” but in terms of flavor, how does that apply to what is in our glass?  And for those of us who drink Champagne like Coco Chanel “only on two occasions – when I am in love and when I am not” – how are we to stretch our Champagne budget to cover all such occasions?

Clearly a tasting is needed.  So here it is:

In this tasting we explore the why, the how, and the history of Champagne while linking all of these factors to what you taste in the glass.  In the first flight, we take a look at the legal definition of Champagne and what it actually means – both geographically and in wine production.  In the second flight we examine the blend practices in Champagne – both across grape varieties and across vintages.  In the third flight, we explore the newest trend in Champagnes – site-specific, vineyard-specific wines.  Clearly this is a tasting not to miss!

 

Wines to be tasted:

Los Monteros Cava $9.99

Bortolotti Prosecco $14.99

Veuve Cliquot Champagne Non-Vintage Rose $79.99

Ruinart Blanc de Blanc Champagne $89.99

Gaston Chiquet Carte Verte Champagne $54.99

Tarlant Cuvee Louis Brut Nature Champagne $119.99

2010 Larmandier Bernier Terrede Vertus Brut Nature $74.99

Varnier Fanniere Cuvee Saint Denis $79.99

2007 Gilbert Gruet Grande Reserve $49.99

& a bonus wine for those who show up on time!

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