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Annual Wine Media Guild Champagne Lunch

Always the high point of the year, Ed McCarthy, author of “Champagne for Dummies,” pulled out all the stops for a fabulous tasting of vintage treasures and brand icons. The 2002 Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d’Or was exquisite … I had just visited the property. The Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires 1995 was just as delicious […]



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Visiting Ruinart in Champagne

“Welcome to Ruinart,” says Helga Barroso, an energetic young woman who speaks excellent English and turns out to be quite the enologist (as well as a brilliant historian). Ruinart is the last, yet certainly not least, visit in a week of visits to many of the Grand Maisons, and I am very excited to see […]



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Champagne and the CIVB:

“We are always looking for new ways to conserve the environment,” says Philippe Wibrotte, PR representative for the CIVB in Champagne. With his dashing good looks,quick smile, and excellent English, M. Wibrotte is an elegant representative to convey the quality and value the Champagne region has to offer — as well as its message of […]



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Visiting Billecart-Salmon in Champagne

Welcome!” says gregarious Antoine Roland-Billecart, gliding down the 19th century staircase with the good looks and confidence of a sports star. On the stairwell wall behind him are oval, gilt-framed portraits of his ancestors. Antoine’s family has lived in the quaint village of Mareuil-sur-Ay since the 16th century when Nicholas Francois Billecart, an attorney, married […]



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Meeting Jean-Marc Lallier-Deutz of Champagne Deutz

“We are trying to find harmony in our Champagne,” says Jean-Marc Lallier-Deutz, a member of the Deutz family who holds – and has held – numerous responsibilities at the house. Like the rich, sumptuous, elegant style of the Champagne house itself, Jean-Marc is also extremely handsome and finely dressed – dapper is the word – […]



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Visiting Champagne Gimonnet

  “Blends are better than single vineyards,” asserts Didier Gimonnett, whose family has been growing vines in Champagne since 1750. Actually, Gimonnet is one of the first “grower Champagnes” I tried in Manhattan a six years back, when the idea first became popular. Of course, the popularity of “grower Champagne” was part of a larger […]



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Michael Kalish creates Belle Epoque Installation for Perrier Jouet

… so excited to attend a party to celebrate the sculpture Belle Epoque by artist Michael Kalish, his interpretation of a beautiful, alluring garden to pay homage to the flowers on the Perrier- Jouët Belle Époque “flower bottle” (images of the work can be seen here) in Hudson River Park. The ‘Belle Époque’ installation will […]



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Terres et Vins de Champagne 2012

So fab! The day started out great with a glass in my hand and a few dozen producers pouring their vin clairs and champagne. I would llke to say all were fabulous —  yet will modify this by saying all were clean and precise and from that point it is personal taste.  Many people from […]



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Terroirs & Talents 2012

Wow it is so exciting to be here and meet the growers. I am in Epernay at the Terroirs & Talents de Champagne tasting at the Au Restuarante Theatre.  It is the same glamorous red-themed restaurant where the CIVC took educators in November, yet upstairs. On the way to my hotel Clos Raymi in Eperney, […]



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Visiting Champagne Next Week!

I am SO excited to visit Champagne next week! I heard about the three festivals on LinkedIn from Jiles Halling (My Man in Champagne) and he has been very helpful in helping me set up the trip. The first event is  Terroirs et Talents de Champagne and  takes place in Epernay on  Sunday 15th April […]



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Tasting Notes Week of January 5, 2011

  Aurielle 2008 A very smooth and well balanced California cab marked with “restraint” in terms of keeping med+ acid, smooth tannins, richly concentrated fruit in balance. The use of oak is only apparent from its benefit in terms of giving oxygen to the wine (new french oak and used). Lots of Bordeaux cherry, some […]



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Grower Champagne on Christmas Day

So now after two and a half days of drinking $$$$ of very fine champagne (as a guest!) I am back in New York and looking for something slightly more affordable for Christmas. At Le Bernadin last week, sommelier Aldo Sohm (who won best sommelier in the world competition and is always winning new ones) introduced […]



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Visiting Biodynamic Francis Boulard near Reims

  Drive up to the home/winery of winemaker Francis Boulard — who makes some of the finest Champagne I have ever tasted — and you will see a modest farmhouse, colorful children’s toys in the large driveway, and … a trampoline.   The farmhouse had been purchased by Francis, his wife, and daughter/winemaker Delphine after […]



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Champagne: Understanding the Four Initiatives

      “How theatrical!” Was the response as we entered the red velvet walls of Le Theatre in Epernay, a charming town with its petite pretty parks and Belle Epoque buildings. 18th century Paris and some modern romantic arty types of pieces (silouttes anyone?) decorated the restaurant’s red walls. “Welcome!” said the movie star […]



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Brasserie Beaumarchais: St, Tropez in NYC

  “Now all we need are sun umbrellas!” said a friend recently at Brasserie Beaumarchais, a very fun restaurant with a lively club-style brunch. The restaurant scene in St. Tropez is fairly wild and decadent with wealthy patrons spraying expensive champagne at one another and bikini-clad patrons dancing to loud disco music. The scene was […]



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Sparklers: Schramsberg takes on Champagne

  Rather risky, don’t you think, to put a California sparkling wine up for comparison among some of the best houses in Champagne? Yet that’s what Hugh Davies did in NYC recently when presenting his sparkling wines to a very select group of journalists. “Of course, I can detect a California sparkler!” you might think […]



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Using Current Events To Boost Wine Sales

When I was head of Deg.Com Communications in Boston, working with small companies to build buzz for their business, I often spoke at a variety of conventions ranging from the Institute of Management Consultants to Book Expo America to the National Speaker’s Association. No matter what the business I always suggested that media-hungry entrepreneurs begin […]



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Champagne to ring in 2010

Champagne Lunch at the Wine Media Guild Curious about some favorite Champagnes? At a recent Wine Media Guild (WMG) event here in New York I had the opportunity to taste several different brands for this holiday season. Speaking at the event – an annual event – was Ed McCarthy, author of Champagne for Dummies Below […]



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Tasting Perrier Jouet Champagne with Chef de Cave Herve Deschamps

Perrier Jouet   “On Valentines’ Day I would always buy boxed sets of Perrier-Jouet Champagne with matching glasses so my guests would have a memoir of the evening,” said a well-connected restaurateur at a recent lunch to celebrate past and present vintages of the House of Perrier-Jouet Fleur De Champagne Portfolio. Of course, you know […]



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Review: Mumm NV Blanc de Noir

“I’ve had this wine before!” says a friend, savoring the pale salmon sparkling wine during a New Year’s brunch. “Was it at the Ritz-Carlton? The Peninsula hotel in L.A.? It was someplace posh …” When the subject of the conversation…