Champagne (French: [ʃɑ̃.paɲ]; English /ˌʃæmˈpeɪn/) is a sparkling wine produced from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France following rules that demand secondary fermentation of the wine in the bottle to create carbonation. Some use the term champagne as a generic term for sparkling wine, but the majority of countries reserve the term exclusively for sparkling wines that come from Champagne and are produced under the rules of the appellation.The primary grapes used in the production of Champagne are black Pinot noir and Pinot Meunier, and white Chardonnay.
Posts about Champagne
    • Getting into Grower Champagne

      We worked with expert, Bryan Maletis, who runs to help create a guide grower Champagne. Learn some interesting details on about Champagne that will surprise you and find out how to select small-producer Champagne. What is Grower Champagne? Grower Champagne is sparkling wine crafted by grape growers and their families.

      Wine Folly- 6 readers -
    • Enough With The Hating On The Champagne Flute!

      Lovers of the Champagne flute have suffered enough. I, for one, have reached my tippling point. Witness “The Tragic Flute: Why You’re Drinking Champagne All Wrong“. While I truly appreciate the first part of this post’s punny title (Mozart y’all), it’s the latter portion of the headline that gives me pause.

      Jameson Fink/ Jameson Fink- 6 readers -
    • The Wines of Champagne – with Jacquart

      ‘Tis the season, as they say, so we thought we’d finish up the year with a show featuring one of our favorite wines – Champagne! The Jacquart story began in the early 1960s, as an effort by the Champagne growers’ to control their own destiny. Rather than selling their grapes or juice to the large Champagne houses, a small group of growers realized that they needed to launch ...

      GrapeRadioin Pinot Noir Chardonnay- 8 readers -
  • Weekend Wine Notes: Did You Think We Were Finished with Bubbles?

    Longtime readers of this blog — bless your tiny pointed heads and may your tribes increase! — know that a great deal of effort goes into the annual “12 Days of Christmas with Champagne and Sparkling Wine” series, but as encompassing as that sequence is, it cannot include all the Champagnes and sparkling wines that I taste from late November through early January.

    Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head- 3 readers -
  • Charles de Monrency Réserve Brut Wiggin’ out on this...

    … Charles de Monrency Réserve Brut Wiggin’ out on this champagne this Friday! Lemon crème, Golden Delicious apples, tarte tatin, and yeast on the nose. Initial hit of lemon crème on the palate, yielding to Golden Delicious apples mid-palate, finishing with a hint of slate. Simple. Good. Classic. 3/5 bones $$ Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay 12.5% abv Champagne, FRANCE …

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  • Let’s Have More Champagne

    …The New York Wine Press’s annual Champagne luncheon was held last December, as it always is, in a private room at The Brasserie. This year’s event was a standout even among those normally fine tastings, however, both because of the selection of Champagnes – all Rosé – and because of the sheer pleasure…

    Tom Maresca/ Tom's Wine Line- 3 readers -
  • Discover the Champagne Tourist Route

    … A vineyard in Champagne, France Have you traveled the Champagne Route in France? The Champagne Tourist Route in the Champagne region of France is long. The route is divided into five separate trails that include: Massif Saint-Thierry, Reims Mountain, Vallée de la Marne, Côte des Blancs Route, and Hills of Vitry Route. Whether visiting Reims…

    Wine Trail Traveler- 4 readers -
  • The Musée du Vin’s Champagne Scene

    … in the underground caves that were quarries for chalk. At one time these caves were cellars holding wine. Now they hold artifacts and dioramas of the French wine industry from the past to the modern. The dioramas are life-like scenes that depict French and wine history. In the scenes, visitors will observe many artifacts used in the vineyards and wine…

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  • What We Have Been Drinking–1/19/15

    … Cabernet Sauvignon Bates Ranch: Retail $30? OK. It was time. Even past time. I tried to pretend that this was a big, bold, introspective wine, but really it was tired, faded, although mildly interesting. Not horrible, but past its prime for sure. But given that this was nearly 30 years old? Good, maybe Very Good. 85-87 Points. 2010 Tallulah Marsanne Como…

    the drunken cyclistin Cabernet Sauvignon Pinot Noir Syrah Malbec Riesling- 3 readers -
  • A Taste of Emilia-Romagna #ItalianFWT

    … scale in terms of Lambrusco. The grapes are estate grown and fermented into a dry red base wine; three or four times a year batches of the base wine are re-fermented in pressurized tanks to add sparkle. The wine is bottled in a champagne bottle with a champagne cork. I should emphasize that this wine bears no resemblance to the mass-produced…

    Martin D. Redmond/ ENOFYLZ Wine Blog- 6 readers -
  • An Influence of a Champagne Family on a North American Winery

    … conflict or tradition. A few years ago we met François Scieur a 6th generation winemaker from Champagne. Along with his brother, Jean-Paul, the two established a vineyard and winery in the Canton de l’Est area of Quebec, Canada. At Vignoble le Cep d’Argent, François is the winemaker and Jean-Paul is the vineyard manager. They left behind another…

    Wine Trail Traveler- 8 readers -
  • Celebrating “La Befana”

    … customs and traditions. The evening began, as always, with Champagne. Champagne Brut Andrè Clouet Rose No 3 Bouzy 100% Pinot Noir fermented as blanc Champagne blended with 8% still Bouzy Rouge. The Clout family owns 8 hectares of vines in preferred mid-slope vineyards in Grand Crus Bouzy and Ambonnay where they have excelled as Pinot Noir…

    Charles Scicolone/ Charles Scicolone on Wine- 3 readers -
  • What We Have Been Drinking–1/12/15

    … Blancs Brut: Retail $18. Used for Kir Royales–perfect in that role as there is great acidity and sparkle. 2012 La Cave des Vignerons de Gigondas Gigondas Les Primaires: Retail $30. A very good Southern Rhône wine with a bit of stewed fruit and plenty of earthiness. We paired this with some grilled beef and both were better as result. Very Good…

    the drunken cyclistin Cabernet Sauvignon Pinot Noir Syrah- 3 readers -
  • A Most Unique Champagne: R. Dumont & Fils Solera Reserve Brut

    … A Most Unique Champagne: R. Dumont & Fils Solera Reserve Brut When someone says “solera” I think Sherry, not Champagne. That’s what makes the R. Dumont & Fils Solera Reserve Brut so fascinating. What is a solera? Here’s a diagram showing how it works when it comes to Sherry. It’s not in English, but you get the idea: As Sherry…

    Jameson Fink/ Jameson Fink- 7 readers -
  • Golden Globes Cheers!

    … they are pouring their 2004 Grand Vintage Brut Rosé. The Champagne is a combination of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier in a dry style with a mix of fine pinpoint bubbles, pomegranate, currant, subtle black cherry, green apple and a crisp acidity. Over 600 full-sized bottles of wine and 400 Moët & Chandon magnums will be poured tonight…

    Grape Occasions- 4 readers -
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