Chances are, you don't drink nearly enough Champagne. I don't either, and I try to make an effort. Chances are you don't know as much about Champagne and other sparkling wines as you do about red, white and rosé. Most people don't. And if you're like most people, you haven't been to New Orleans lately.
There's a simple fix to all of the above, and it's called the Independent Champagne and Sparkling Wine Invitational. And just like it sounds, it's a conference (and more importantly, a tasting event) dedicated solely to bubbles.
I don't know about you, but to me, that sounds like a hell of a good time.
The event starts on Friday April 16th, with a seminar on the sparkling wines of the world. Then around mid-day, the Grand Tasting hall opens to the public, and you have the opportunity to taste hundreds of sparkling wines and Champagnes. In the evening, winemaker dinners are followed by an after-party on Bourbon Street. The next day offers more of the same, with a grand bash on Saturday night on Rue street.
Unfortunately the event web site isn't great, so its quite difficult to tell, for instance, what the winemaker dinners are, which winemakers will be attending, or where they will be held.
However, the one thing that is quite clear is the list of producers that will be attending and pouring, and I've started salivating just reading it.
Independent Champagne and Sparkling Wine Invitational 2010
Friday April 16 - Saturday, April 17, 2010
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Boulevard
New Orleans, Louisiana
Tickets for the event start at $200 (or $150 if you just want to attend a winemaker dinner), and go up to $400 for a Grand Cru VIP ticket. Tickets can be purchased online. Of course you gotta get yourself to New Orleans (assuming you aren't lucky enough to live there) but tickets look to be pretty cheap this time of year. If any of you folks go, let me know how it is !
A wine book like no other. Photographs, essays, and wine recommendations. Learn more.
I'll Drink to That: Danilo Nada of Nada Fiorenzo Wine News: What I'm Reading the Week of 8/23 Vinography Images: Night Sorting Small is Beautiful: The Champagnes of Savart I'll Drink to That: Karl duHoffmann of Anchor Brewing Warm Up: Jerez de la Frontera I'll Drink to That: Antonio Flores of González Byass California 2015 - Vintage of Fire Wine News: What I'm Reading the Week of 8/16 A Selection of Georgian Wines
Wine Will Never Smell the Same Again: Luca Turin and the Science of Scent Forlorn Hope: The Remarkable Wines of Matthew Rorick Debating Robert Parker At His Invitation Passopisciaro Winery, Etna, Sicily: Current Releases Should We Care What Winemakers Say? The Sweet Taste of Freedom: Austria's Ruster Ausbruch Wines 2009 Burgundy Vintage According to Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Charles Banks: The New Man Behind Mayacamas Wine from the Caldera: The Incredible Viticulture of Santorini Why Community Tasting Notes Sites Will Fail Chateau Rayas and the 2012 Vintage of Chateauneuf-du-Pape A Life Indomitable: The Wines of Casal Santa Maria, Portugal Bay Area Bordeaux: Tasting Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernets Forgotten Jewels: Reviving Chile's Old Vine Carignane The First-Timer's Guide to Les Trois Glorieuses of Hospices de Beaune