Category: Sparkling Wine

A Brief Video Lesson in Champagne Disgorgement

Compared to normal still wine production, Champagne winemaking gets pretty complicated. Once you’ve made a still wine, you put it

A Singular Expression: The Champagnes of Cédric Bouchard

When I first met the improbably youthful Cédric Bouchard six years ago on his first visit to the United States,

Highlights from Tasting Champagne with the Masters

The best wines often have a quality that I tend to summarize as gulpable. While I am perfectly content with

2014 Masters of Wine Champagne Tasting: September 29, San Francisco

Champagne will begin harvesting their grapes on Monday, September 8th this year, having recently received the official go-ahead from their

The Best Champagnes I’ve Tasted Lately

Champagne cap collection in Reims France © 2013 George Rose. When I look back on my days as a beginning

Vinography Unboxed: Week of October 27, 2013

Hello from the bottom of the samples pile. This is the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some

Tasting the Stars of Trento: A Vertical Tasting of Cantine Ferrari

At the turn of the 20th century, people everywhere set their dreams adrift in the currents of a new era,

Cantine Ferrari, Trentino, Italy: Entry-Level Wines

Who knows what it is, exactly, about sparkling wine that entices us so. But go to any wine region around

The World’s Best Champagne?: Tasting Bubbly with The Masters of Wine

There was a time I didn’t care for Champagne. Now, a week doesn’t go by without me wishing I had

2012 Masters of Wine Champagne Tasting: October 1, San Francisco

I never liked Champagne until I had the really good stuff. For years I went to weddings and New Year’s

Where is All the Deeply Discounted Champagne?

Every day, I get e-mails with wines being offered at more and more outrageous prices. What you can get for

Masters of Wine Champagne Tasting 2010: September 27, San Francisco

I never liked Champagne until I had the really good stuff. For years I went to weddings and New Year’s

Dom Pérignon, Champagne, France: Some Current Releases

Where to begin with Dom Pérignon? It is a brand, a wine, and a historical figure welded into an idea

Schramsberg Vineyards, Napa: A Few Current Releases

At the risk of oversimplifying things past the point of reasonableness, I’d like to suggest that there are really two

NV Henri Billiot “Cuvee Laetitia” Grand Cru Brut Champagne, Ambonnay, France

It seems that this week has me on a sparkling wine kick, and I see no reason to stop. As

Farmer Fizz: Tasting the Terry Theise Champagne Portfolio

Ask most people to name a good Champagne, and most will likely stall after a couple of well known names

2002 Ferrari “Perlé” Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Wine, Trentino, Italy

Who knows what it is, exactly, about sparkling wine that entices us so. But go to any wine region around

Tasting Notes for Top Champagnes of the World

You might call me a born-again Champagne fanatic. There was a time when I didn’t care for the stuff, but

Alfred Gratien Champagne, Epernay, France: Current Releases

The more good Champagne I have, the more it seems to me that you really get what you pay for.