What is the Best White Wine to Pair with Seafood?
1813Today, New England-based sommelier Nicholas Daddona explains some of the best white wine with seafood pairings. Could you explain some of your favorite styles of white wine and tips for pairing these styles with seafood? What makes these pairings standout? Seafood is a New England staple. Boston and New England ..
What Does ‘Sur Lie’ Mean When Aging Wine?
6197Sur Lie If you’ve ever found the aroma of freshly baked croissants in your glass of Champagne, then you’ve found the mysterious Sur Lie (Suhr Lee, for my fellow Americans). While this winemaking marvel happens in a great number of wines, it’s most pronounced in a classic glass of bubbles from France’s ..
What’s the Difference Between Champagne & Prosecco?
1577While both wines are sparkling and are apt to liven up any occasion the two sparkling beverages are different in more ways than one. First, while all Champagne is sparkling not all sparkling wine is Champagne. Champagne comes exclusively from the cool northerly French region that shares its name. Prosecco, ..
What Are the Best Affordable Champagnes?
837Are there any good, affordable champagnes you recommend? While Champagne does start at an understandably higher price point than most wines, there are wonderful values spanning several styles available that won’t break the bank: VINTAGE: Veuve Clicquot, Vintage 2008 Rose ($89): Hand-crafted by the Chef ..
What Are the Best Foods to Pair with Champagne?
8062There are few foods that do not pair with Champagne! The rule of thumb is that any food with salt, butter, oil, or fat will work well. Some of my favorites pairings are a toasty, Brut-style of Champagne with a rotisserie chicken, or a Brut rose with pepperoni pizza… but truffle fries are always a […]
What is a ‘Grower’ Champagne?
950There are over 14,000 “vignerons”, or growers, who own the vineyards and grow the grapes used in Champagne. Many of the vignerons have long-standing contracts with Champagne producers. While upwards of 80% of the growers operate on these contracts, some dating back to the late 1800’s, some of the vignerons ..
What is a Demi-Sec Champagne?
1313A Demi-Sec is a style of Champagne that contains between 30-50 g/L of residual sugar. While less common today, these wines pair beautifully with spicy or ethnic foods, and integrate well into cocktails. The Veuve Clicquot Demi-Sec is a great example of a Demi-Sec, still donning her original white label, ..
What is a Brut?
1109A Brut Champagne is a dry style. To qualify as Brut, the wine must have less than 15 g/L of residual sugar. While most Champagnes on the market today are a Brut style, historically Champagne was quite sweet, with some topping out at over 150 g/L in the 1800’s – almost as sweet as a […]
What is Blanc de Noirs Champagne?
965A Blanc de Noir, or “white of blacks”, is a Champagne produced using Pinot Noir or Meunier, or a blend of the two. Most Blanc de Noirs are in fact clear wines, as in Champagne the grapes are pressed quickly and gently in the vineyard, resulting in a clear wine. The red color of the […]
What is a Blanc de Blancs?
1323A Blanc de Blanc is quite simply the “white of whites.” A Champagne produced from the white grape varietal used in Champagne production: Chardonnay.