Champagne: My Wine for Every Season + Reason

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Wine Oh TV ChampagneIf we can put the threat of alcoholism aside, I would like to sing the praises of my beloved wine, and justify my love affair with the world’s most famous sparkling wine: Champagne.

If these French bubbles could talk they would tell you what we have experienced together. My oh so glittery BFF, how her effervescence escorted me through all of the ups and downs life has to offer: engagements, weddings, birthdays, creating life, coping with death. Hope, grief, happiness, loneliness, sickness, sadness, success, solitude, all served with a side of Champagne.

Is this a love affair, an obsession, an addiction? Yes, maybe, I don’t know…

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” – Mark Twain

What I do know is I associate Champagne with joy, jubilation, pure delight. When life delivers us a low-light reel, Champagne serves up the highlights. The best moments cherished with a bottle of bubbly by my side. A Girlfriend in a glass, a coupe of comfort, a flute filled with a fantasy of a life that flew by in a flash.

On my darkest days, in my loneliest hours, in my weakest state, I somehow managed to muster up the will to keep going. Knowing at the end of each day, I will be rewarded by a glass, a flute, a coupe, (but never a plastic cup) of the world’s most famous and my absolute favorite sparkling wine.

Knock-Knock Joke Made Up By My 4 Year-Old

Knock. Knock.

Who’s There?

Mommy.

Mommy. Who?

Mommy, Champagne! (and the crowd goes wild)

Here Are A Few that Have Seen Me Through

Chartogne-Taillet Cuvée Sainte Anne Brut NV (2017 Base) $55 Sainte Anne Brut NV is a changing blend of all three main varieties (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier ), vinified in stainless steel.

Emile Paris – Champagne Brut Reserve Personelle NV $32 Pinot Noir , Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay

Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV $45 50-55% Pinot Noir 30-35% Meunier 15-20% Chardonnay 10-20% reserve wines Dosage : 10 g/

Taittinger Brut La Française $48 is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier wines from at least 35 villages

Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blancs NV $96  Charles Heidsieck relaunched their Blanc de Blancs bottling in 2018. Made from 75% Chardonnay from the 2012 harvest, some coming from the most prestigious crus in the Côte des Blancs, the blend is rounded out by 25% reserve wines with an average age of five years.

Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve NV $87  Cellar Master Cyril Brun selects reserve wines of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for 20% of this blend to blend with 80% wines of the year.

The bright, pink hue and fresh strawberry flavor come from 5 to 6 percent of red Champagne wines from the Les Riceys region in the Côte des Bars known for its Pinot Noir.

Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV $69 60 percent wines of the year go into the Brut Réserve bottling—a third each of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier, bringing delicate fruitiness, structure, and freshness.

Then blended with 40% reserve Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and aged for ten years in Heidsieck’s chalk cellars.

Super Sparklers to Survive Life’s Sucker Punches

Other sparklers that have supported me and helped me survive the non-stop sucker punches of this sh%t storm we call 2020.

2017 (INAUGURAL) Paula Kornell “Blanc de Noir” Sparkling Wine, Napa Valley, California, $22 California Brut Méthode Champenoise  80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir

2017 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs (white from whites) $41 Blanc de Blancs was the first wine Schramsberg produced in 1965 and was America’s first commercially produced Chardonnay-based brut sparkling wine

“Pop Punk” A new series of fun and funky wines from our friends at Meeker wines . The first two releases are a 2019 Pet Nat of Verdelho $29 and 2020 Pet Nat Rose of Pinot Noir $34

Piper Sonoma Brut Rosé $22, Sonoma County Appellation, Blend 53% Chardonnay, 39% Pinot Noir, 6% Pinot Blanc, 2% Aged Reserve Blend, Production Method Méthode Traditionnelle

2012 Le Reve, Blanc de Blancs $115 100% Estate Grown Chardonnay

Masottina Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Rive di Ogliano Extra Dry 2019 $27.00

Ferrari Perlé $41 100% Chardonnay, Wine Enthusiast Magazine named Trentino, Italy its “Wine Region of the Year 2020″. I’ve been in love with this wine region since I first visited there in 2014

Brick & Mortar California Blanc Bubbles $6.00 24 cans to a case, order in 4 can increments. Brick & Mortar made these can wines inspired by life here in Healdsburg where wine is a necessity on picnics, at the beach and in the plaza during the summer! No wine opener or glassware needed.

Famous Folks Loving on Champagne

“There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.”Bette Davis

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” Mark Twain

“Remember gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne!”Winston Churchill

“In a perfect world, everyone would have a glass of Champagne every evening.”Willie Gluckstern

“I only drink Champagne on two occasions, when I am in love and when I am not.” Coco Chanel

“I drink champagne when I win, to celebrate… and I drink champagne when I lose, to console myself.” Napoleon Bonaparte

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PUBLISHED DATE: December 2nd, 2020 | WINE CATEGORY: Wine 101
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