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