We hope to see you this weekend On Sunday, June 26, when we host the Chaine des Rotisseurs for a special Wine Dinner. The Chaine is an historic dining group with chapters all over the world that has been devoted to fine dining for centuries.
This will our 4th Chaine dinner over the past 26 years and we lobbied to allow our guests to be eligible to attend. The Champagne reception begins at 5:00 p.m. followed by a secret six course production complete with wines! Cost is $139.
Check out these fun facts on Bubbly Champagne from Suite101.com
The next time you pop the cork off a bottle of bubbly, consider, for a moment, these intriguing facts:
- The three traditional grapes used to make champagne are the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. True champagne, as opposed to other sparkling wines, has to have developed bubbles by undergoing the fermentation process twice: once in barrels and again in bottles.
- Dom Perignon, a Benedictine monk at the Abbey of Hautvillers, is considered to have invented champagne.
- There are 49 million bubbles in a 750ml bottle of champagne, give or take a few, as calculated by scientist Bill Lembeck.
- The pressure in a bottle of champagne is 90 pounds per square inch, about three times that in an automobile tire.
- The longest champagne cork flight in the world was 177 feet, 9 inches, set by American Heinrich Medicus in New York in 1988.
- A champagne cork leaves the bottle at a velocity of approximately 38-40 mph, but can pop out at as fast as 100 mph.
- Marilyn Monroe is said to have once taken a bath in the bubbly. According to her biographer, it took 350 bottles to fill the tub.
“Champagne Trivia, Fun Facts About the Bubbly” by Cynthia Riede
Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and there’s no better way to bring in the new year than with the classic tradition of cracking open a bottle of bubbly and celebrating. IntoWine.com asked a panel of wine experts their thoughts on what a good sparkling wine alternative would be to toast the clock striking midnight (source: http://www.intowine.com/new-years-eve-champagne-recommendations-and-ideas):
“Rosé Sparkling Wine/Cremant de Bourgogne Rosé. Start off the New Year with a new wine! Cremant de Bourgogne is methode Champenoise sparkling wine from Burgundy and a celebratory at that. The NV Parigot Rosé (approx $20-$25) is 100% Pinot Noir juice with a great summer sunset color and moderatly priced in the low twenties.” – Jamie Koren, Buyer/Sales, The Wine House, Los Angeles
“Try an elegant, smaller production grower-producer Champagne rather than one from a larger, commercially run Champagne house. My recommendation is the 2000 Franck Bonville Brut Millesime Blanc de Blancs Champagne (Price range typically $30-$35). This Champagne is bright and clean with notes of green apple, white flowers and a hint of biscuit.” – Mulan Chan, Rhône and French Regional Buyer, K&L Wine Merchants
“Roederer Estate N.V. (approx $35). A California sparkler that has loads of fruit and body. This is the one I recommend when someone asks what’s your favorite “reasonably priced” bubbly that’s widely available in stores. Score: 89/100.” – Natalie MacLean, author of the best selling book Red, White and Drunk All Over, offers a free e-newsletter at www.nataliemaclean.com.
“Cava. My recommendation is the Colet Brut Cava ‘A Priori’ (approx $15). I love drinking Champagnes any day of the year. But as Terry Theise, the importer of most of the grower Champagnes that we sell, says, “happiness is being ticklish in more than one place.” My favorite place outside of Champagne to get tickled with bubbles is Spain, whose sparkling wine is called Cava. Colet’s ‘A Priori’ includes, besides the traditional Cava grapes Macabeo and Chardonnay, smidgeons of Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Muscat, which gives the wine wonderful aromatic verve.” – Mark Middlebrook, Paul Marcus Wines, Oakland, California
“Instead of mass-produced grocery store Champagne, why not try an estate-bottled beauty for even less money? My recommendation is the Ariston Carte Blanche Brut Champagne (Price range typically mid $20’s). Our best deal in bubbles? No doubt many on our staff would say yes! From the small commune of Brouillet in Champagne, the Ariston is made from 40% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir and 30% Meunier. A balanced cuvee in every way, this Champagne is clean and powerful at once. No bottle in our inventory transports me to Champagne like this one. It is as true to the terroir and as pure as anything I could wish for.” – Gary Westby, Champagne Buyer, K&L Wine Merchants
“Prosecco. Specically, I would suggest Riondo Prosecco (approx $12). By the time midnight rolls around, most revelers have had plenty of libations so I suggest something softer and friendlier like Prosecco. This hugely popular Italian sparkler is all the rage because they have abundant fruit, softer carbonation and lively, crisp finishes.” – – Efrain Madrigal, Wine Director, Sam’s Wines & Spirits, Chicago, Highland Park and Downer’s Grove, Illinois