La Fête du Champagne: All of the Pleasures of the World of Champagne

When: Saturday, April 6
Time: 12:00 pm TO 4:00 pm
Where: Milwaukee

ADDRESS: 1450 N Lincoln Memorial Dr. Milwaukee, WI 53202

COST: $30 per person per tasting

REGISTRATION: Please call 414-277-9094 or email or click directly here ~ tickets ~to set up your registration.

Credit card required at time of registration.


“I drink Champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad.

Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone.

When I have company, I consider it obligatory.

I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am.

Otherwise, I never touch it unless I’m thirsty.”

— Lily Bollinger, 1899-1977

Almost any wine can be made to sparkle, and there are many and various styles of sparkling wines made in nearly all of the world’s wine regions from nearly every variety of the world’s wine grapes. In the Nineteenth century, you could even find wines like Clos de Vougeot Mousseux and sparkling Sauternes. But there isn’t a sparkling wine from any appellation all the world over as delicious, as sublime, as versatile, and as complex as Champagne.

Folklore attributes the advent of sparkling Champagne to Dom Perignon, a monk who became a cellar master at Hautvillers in 1668. But six years earlier, English coopers were adding sugar and molasses to still wines to make them sparkle. And by the middle of the 1660s, there was a strong demand in London for bubbly wine. Meanwhile, the French refugee Marquis de Saint Evermont was making the still wines of Champagne popular at the English court. Fashion dictated that the two should come together, and it was only in London that the necessities for the sale of sparkling wine — the English innovation of reinforced glass bottles and the rediscovered ancient Roman usage of cork stoppers — were available.

The Waterford Wine Company Fête du Champagne would love to escort you into our exciting, heady and spectacular world of Champagne. We’d love to guide you through our thoughtfully curated bacchanal of 50 Champagnes representing the 17 distinct appellations from Champagne’s five separate sub-regions. Champagnes from the region’s biggest, most storied houses to its smallest, most unique growers. Champagnes made from the various cepages of the region’s three classic grapes — Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier — and made with the various dosages of the region’s classic styles — from Brut and Brut Nature to Demi-Sec and Doux.

As Lily Bollinger, the Grande Dame of the House of Bollinger teaches us, the world of Champagne offers us pleasures to enjoy when we’re with family and friends, as well as when we’re by ourselves. Pleasures to enjoy before dinner, as well as with hors d’oeuvres, or entrees, or desserts. And pleasures to enjoy when we’re just rather thirsty. Our Fête du Champagne invites you to make the all of the pleasures of Champagne’s world your own.

 Wines to be tasted:

Sparkling Wines to be tasted:

2008 Drappier Gran Sendree $121.99

2008 Drappier Gran Sendree Rose $135.99

2010 Ca Del Bosco Vinatge Brut $74.99

Segura Viudas Heredad Reserva NV $24.99

Drappier Brut Nature Rose NV $60.00

Piper-Heidseick Sublime $67.99

Boizel Brut Reserve $59.99

Boizel Brut Rose $65.99

NV Champagne Emile-Paris Brut $42.99

NV Champagne Waris-Larmandier “Racines des Trois” Brut $68.99

NV Champagne Waris-Larmandier BdB “Particules Crayeuses” Brut Grand Cru $79.99

NV Champagne Tarlant Zero Rose Brut Nature $66.99

2004 Champagne Tarlant “l’Aerienne” Brut Nature $109.99

Le Vigne di Alice “Doro” Prosecco $21.99

Bisol Jeio Prosecco Rose $16.99

2012 Contratto For England Rose $49.99

Cote Mas Cremant de Limoux Rose $16.99



2008 Veuve Clicquot Brut $89.99

Veuve Clicquot Brut Rose $74.99

Gosset Brut Excellence $49.99

Sabine Brut Blanc de Noir Grand Cru $79.99

Billecart Salmon Sous Bois $79.99

2018 Delinquente Bianco d’Alessano Pet-Nat “Tuff Nutt” $19.99

2015 Colonia las Liebres Sparkling Bonarda Brut Nature $18.99

2017 Red Tail Ridge Riesling Pet-Nat $22.99

Farmstead Sonoma County Brut $29.99

Bortolotti Lagrein Rosato Brut NV $14.99

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee NV $65.99

2015 Raventos I Blanc Reserva de la Finca $43.00

Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray Brut Selection NV $25.00

Moutard Brut Grand Cuvee NV 750ml $39.99

Moutard Brut Grand Cuvee NV 1.5L $79.99

2010 Larmandier Bernier Terre de Vertus Brut Nature $79.99

2016 Garofoli Guelfo Verde Frizzante $12.99

2016 Adami Prosecco di Valdobbiadene “Sur Lievito” $19.99

NV Marie-Pierre Manciat Cremant de Bourgogne Brut $22.99

2017 Onward Petillant Naturel Malvasia Skin Ferment $32.99

2013 Nigl Sekt Rose $33.99

NV Gimonnet Brut Blanc de Blanc $51.99

NV Chartogne-Taillet Cuvee St Anne $51.99

NV Mousse L’Or Eugene “Perpetuelle Blanc de Noir” $52.99

NV R. Pouillon & Fils Rose de Saignee Brut $59.99

NV Vilmart & Cie Cuvee Grand Cellier $79.99

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