Monday, November 5, 2012

Hosting Champagne Day at Crush Wine Lounge



Crush Wine Lounge asked me to host a Champagne Day event for them on Friday, October 26. Attendees tried four of Crush's top-selling Champagnes served with paired hor d'oeuvres while learning about Champagne- the region, the method and the wines. Early arrivers started with an alternate sparkling made in a different way so as to be prepared to compare when the tasting began.

The line up for the evening included:

  • NV Henriot Blanc served with mini crab cakes
  • 2006 Louis Roederer Brut Rosé served with seared tuna
  • NV Bollinger “Special Cuvee” served with roasted chicken and chutney
  • 2004 Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Fleur served with grilled shrimp
Of particular interest to this group:
  • Champagne's long history to protect the ownership of its name- Since 1887.
  • The cellars made from old Roman chalk quarries under the cities of Epernay and Reims.
  • The rumors of scandal surrounding Dom Perignon.
  • The riddling process as developed by Nicole Barbe Ponsardin aka Veuve Cliquot.
  • The different ways to produce Rosé Champagne- the one we tasted was made via the Saignée method. 
At the event's end, guests were treated to another pour of their favorite Champagne from the line-up to enjoy with a cheese tray and freshly baked cookies. Each guest also received a painted Perrier-Jouet Fleur glass to take home.

This event is the first in a new quarterly series of educational tastings that Crush will be offering. Stay tuned for the upcoming schedule.