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To Champagne or To Not Champagne

Champagne has come a long way from early attempts to get rid of the bubbles...

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C. Blake Powers

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December 31, 2013 - 7:00 am
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Champagne, Sparkling WInes, Oh My!

Champagne, Sparkling Wines, Oh My!

Ah, New Year’s Eve. A time to party, to celebrate the year that was, and a time to raise a toast for a better new year. Tradition calls for champagne, as this drink of royalty is associated with wealth, success, and other positive attributes.

Irony abounds in this, as the original goal for the wine makers of the Champagne region was to get rid of the bubbles that make modern champagne and sparkling wines the toast of the party.  They wanted to be like Burgundy.  Even the celebrated monk Dom Perignon spent his life trying to get rid of the bubbles that plagued his wine. Even as the French worked hard to eradicate them, the English developed a passion for the bubbly wine and it was because of that demand that the French royal courts came to embrace it.

The creation of the modern champagne industry is a study in materials and production science. The glass bottles used for traditional wines were not strong enough to withstand the pressures that built up inside. The idea of making the wine bubble, rather than trying to eliminate it, required a good deal of trial and error in the production process. Eventually, the modern “Methode Champenoise” was developed by Veuve Clicquot and adopted by all champagne producers.

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14 weeks ago
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In the last few years israeli wines have become world class. Robert Parker has been here four or five times and has awarded many of our wines 90 points or better.
In the area of Champagne what we produce is a wonderful sparkling wine by Yarden , the Blanc de Blanc.

Heres a review -
" Yarden Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine possesses a delicate, yet complex mixture of characters, including lemon, apple and floral notes, all layered with a hint of rich toast. The wine’s generous acidity leads into a tasty and fresh finish. While ready to drink, Yarden Blanc de Blancs will age gracefully for a few years after disgorging. The wine makes an excellent and festive aperitif, paired with canapes on the rich and/or salty side, such as caviar or pate. Yarden Blanc de Blancs’ subtle flavors also pair well with delicately flavored foods, such as sushi or pan-fried chicken breasts finished with a splash of Blanc de Blancs.
Yarden Blanc de Blancs is made entirely from Chardonnay, strictly according to the traditional method, including: hand-harvesting, whole-cluster pressing and secondary fermentation in the bottle. The wine has aged for a minimum of three years with the tirage yeast.
The Galilee (or Galil) is the most northern, and generally considered the best, appellation in Israel. The highest quality area within the appellation is the Golan Heights (or simply the Golan), the coldest region in Israel. The vineyards on this volcanic plateau rise from 400 meters (1,300 feet) above sea level to 1,200 meters (3,900 feet) and receive snowfall in the winter. The Golan Heights Winery is located in the town of Katzrin, in the central Golan. "

At about $35 a bottle it is a bargain compared to many. Have fun. Enjoy. L'Chaim!!!
15 weeks ago
15 weeks ago Link To Comment
Phrench Champagne is carbonated vinegar.
Like most Phrenchified wines are a Post-Waterloo joke to get even with the English.
Much prefer German Sekt or Italian Asti Spumonte.
15 weeks ago
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A lot of the cheap stuff is, but go even $30/bottle (retail) and it's generally a different story and the "good" stuff is better than the soda-pop asti. But Germans are good with sweet wines, no doubt.
15 weeks ago
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Too sweet! Blanc de Noirs, or even Brut Rose might work. . .
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