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Old 12-10-2017, 06:06 PM
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Never drank a Champayne I didnt like.

My all time favourite is Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque.


Due to its relatively high cost- only drink on very special occasions
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Old 12-11-2017, 12:24 AM
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Often I have a champagne party this season but... too much gear this year. In the US itís hard to get a line on the small houses. And the vintages at the big houses can be variable and a risk at US prices. I was glad to see Taittingerís Comtes de Champagne was back with their 2005, for example, but between 1998 and then was a bit hit/miss IMHO (and I like that style). If I donít want to risk it, Krug nv is always a good standby (when bolder will do). Sadly the market is efficient (*ahem* Salon).

Like gear, everyone has their preferences. And there are great small houses if you can find them.
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Got talked into a bottle of Bollinger Brut Special Cuvee in place of our usual Vueve Clicquot. Looking forward to 'popping the cork'. The buyer for the store told me that Bollinger has been providing the best of "big house" wines for the past few years. None of the variance that the others have suffered, though I've not had a bad bottle of Vueve Clicquot in the 30+ years we've been drinking it.
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Old 12-11-2017, 06:07 PM
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Doug.......Toured the Korbel Winery in Napa Valley quite a few years ago. It was very interesting to learn how many processes take place to bring their products from grapes in the field to Wine and Champagne. We spent some time in their tasting room at the end of the tour and enjoyed sampling several wines and their Brut Champagne. As I remember their Brut Champagne was very good.





A reasonably priced light sparkling white wine that I enjoy is Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut. I keep several bottles on hand as everyone enjoys it.


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Cold Duck. Doesn't anyone drink Cold Duck these days? Do they still "brew" Cold Duck? Been quite a while since I've seen it (though I'm not really looking).

Dan - Excellent choices at reasonable prices.
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I need to get out more. I thought Champagne was only consumed at weddings, topless ballets, and by coke heads. I've been watching too many movies.
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Never drank a Champagne I didn't like.
My all time favourite is Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque.
Due to its relatively high cost- only drink on very special occasions
Have you tried any of the sparkling Pinot/Chard blends from Australia? We've been pleased with Brown Bros. Cab & Shiraz, but have not found any of their sparkling wines in the U.S.
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Ivan - can I pick up my E-270? You get the champagne and I'll bring 4-dozen Cape May Salts.
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