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CakeSpy Illustrates My Love for the Champagne Flute

If you’ve been a faithful reader of this blog, there is one thing you know without a shadow of a doubt: I am a staunch defender of the Champagne flute as my preferred vessel for sparkling wine enjoyment. Wait, you didn’t know that? OK, we can rectify that later. But first I want to give [More]

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A Most Unique Champagne: R. Dumont & Fils Solera Reserve Brut

When someone says “solera” I think Sherry, not Champagne. That’s what makes the R. Dumont & Fils Solera Reserve Brut so fascinating. What is a solera? Here’s a diagram showing how it works when it comes to Sherry. It’s not in English, but you get the idea:  As Sherry is drawn off and bottled, some [More]

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Enough With The Hating On The Champagne Flute!

Lovers of the Champagne flute have suffered enough. I, for one, have reached my tippling point. Witness “The Tragic Flute: Why You’re Drinking Champagne All Wrong“. While I truly appreciate the first part of this post’s punny title (Mozart y’all), it’s the latter portion of the headline that gives me pause. The “Why You’re [Doing Something] All Wrong” [More]

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Considering Champagne in Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises

I’ve been pondering this passage from Ernest Hemingway’s seminal Lost Generation novel, The Sun Also Rises. Here are my thoughts: “I say that is wine.” Thank you, Brett. For many, Champagne exists in a separate category from wine. People think of it as a special outlier. You can listen to my conversation with David Speer, [More]

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Ambonnay’s David Speer Explains Why Champagne is Way Better Than Cable

This immortal quote (“Champagne is way better than cable.“) about budgeting, entertainment, pleasure, and the pinnacle of sparkling wine came from an interview I conducted with David Speer, owner of Portland, Oregon’s most excellent Champagne bar, Ambonnay. What prompted me to contact David (via e-mail) and query him about all things Champagne was a post-International [More]

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Champagne Offers Sparkling Variety: Reflections on 31 Bottles

What’s it like tasting 31 Champagnes in one afternoon? Well, part of it stinks because you have to spit them out. I am, after all, compelled to maintain my professionalism at an industry event. But just because it’s not a boozy experience doesn’t mean it isn’t compelling, if not captivating. If you think Champagne is [More]

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Has Champagne Ever Saved Your Life? The Bookery Cook Interview

Has Champagne ever saved your life? Gee, if it hasn’t yet, I’m sure it will some day. I am thankful that Maxine Thompson, of the wonderful site The Bookery Cook, asked me this question and so many more. She is able to pry from me such information as: What music I listen to while cooking [More]

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The Debut of My Wine Without Worry Podcast

I’ve been talking longer than I’ve been writing so it’s about time I launched a podcast. Wine Without Worry is live, and my first episode is a great half hour chat with Bryan Maletis of Fat Cork. It’s a Champagne 101 for anyone curious about what makes the wines and the region so special. After [More]

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