Celebrate World Champagne Day 2017

Today October 20th, 2017 is the eighth annual World Champagne Day, a celebration of bubbles.  There are many beautiful sparkling wines around the world, but only Champagne is from Champagne France, the region that produces the most famous of all sparkling wines.  World Champagne Day is one of my favorite days to discover, explore, and drink all things Champagne.

Champagne, located on chalky hills just an hour east of Paris covers 34,000 hectares and is divided into four regions; Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne, Côtes des Blancs and Côte des Bar.  Champagne is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a region that is a must visit for all wine lovers.

Start off the weekend by gathering a few friends and sipping this effervescent, sparkling wine.  I can’t think of a wine that is more fun, joyous and celebratory. Remember you don’t need Champagne Day to pop open a bottle.  Champagne can be enjoyed anytime of day(morning or night) or anytime of the week.  Celebrate everyday and celebrate life with a bottle of Champagne.

This past week I had the opportunity to taste some of the best Champagnes and meet some incredible Champagne producers at the Skurnik Champagne Celebration at La Sirena in NYC.  Skurnik is a premier importer of fine wine and spirits and is most well-known for elevating the grower Champagne movement, long before it was fashionable.  I have listed below just a sampling of some of my favorite grower Champagnes.  Grab some of these bottles and celebrate World Champagne Day.  Cheers!!

Alexandre Chartogne from Chartogne-Taillet

Champagne Chartogne-Taillet Le Rosé made from 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay

Laetitia Billiot from H. Billiot & Fils

A lovely Grand Cru Rosé from H. Billiiot & Fils 75% Pinot Noir – 25% Chardonnay from the Grand Cru Ambonnay Village

Didier Gimmonnet from Pierre Gimonnet & Fils

Champagne Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Cuvee Flueron Brut Blanc de Blancs 2009 100% Chardonnay

Champagne Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Special Club Oger Grand Cru Brut 2012 100% Chardonnay

Egly-Ouriet Champagne Blanc De Noirs Grand Cru ‘Les Crayeres’ 100% Pinot Noir

Egly-Ouriet Champagne Brut Rosé Grand Cru made from 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay

An exceptional Rose from Aubry Fils Sable Rosé Nicolas Francois Aubry 1er Cru Brut Nature 2013. A real interesting blend of all the grapes of Champagnes 30% Pinot Menier, 10% Chardonnay, 20% Arbanne, 25% Petit Meslier, 10% Pinot Blanc, and 5% Pinot Meunier from the Village of Jouy-Les-Reims

Le Nombre d’Or Campanae Veteres Vites 1er Cru Brut 2013 from 25% Pinot Gris & Blanc, 20% Petit Meslier, 20% Arbanne, 10% Chardonnay, 5% Pinot Meunier from the Village of Jouy-les-Reims

Champagne Vilmart & Cie Couer de Cuvee 1er Cru Brut 2007 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir

Jean Lallement Et Fils Reserve Grand Cru Brut NV 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay

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