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Holiday Champagnes: This Season’s Best Bets

There are an increasing number of very good sparkling wines out there, but there’s still something very special about a fine Champagne for honoring those memorable moments–gatherings with friends and family, holidays like Christmas, and the start of a new year. And in 2012, assuming we make it through the supposed final date of the Mayan calendar on December 21, we’ll have an additional reason to break out the Champagne in celebration. Continue reading

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Great Grower Champagnes and other Sparkling Wines for the Holiday Season

Terry’s Estate Selections and the sparkling wines and Champagnes from the WineWise Portfolio that were presented at the tasting event I attended in mid-October include most of the great grower producers: Vilmart, Pierre Péters, H. Billiot, Chartogne-Taillet, Gaston Chiquet, Henri Goutorbe, Jean Milan, Marc Hébrart, A. Margaine and Pierre Gimonnet. These great Champagnes, represented in many cases by the winemaker or a member of the family that owns and runs the domaine, were poured alongside a variety of other sparkling wines. In all, I tasted 87 sparkling wines from 25 producers at this event. These were impressive wines across the board, and a very strong group of producers. Continue reading

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Disappointing Showing for Most Non-Vintage Champagnes: 2011 Masters of Wine Tasting

This is a terrific event for assessing the latest releases from most of the major Champagne houses, and some of the more significant grower Champagnes. Unfortunately, most of the non-vintage Champagnes I taste year in and year out were weaker–less complex and captivating–this year, presumably due to wines from lesser recent vintages making up their base. Maybe nature is trying to tell us that this year we should check out some of the great non-Champenois bubblies for a change–cavas, spumantes, sparkling Loire and Jura wines that we might not normally reach for at holiday time. Continue reading

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