What is the Best White Wine to Pair with Seafood?
2387Today, 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?
7858Sur 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?
2029While 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?
1120Are 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 is a Demi-Sec Champagne?
1960A 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?
1517A 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?
1273A 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 […]
Why is Champagne So Expensive?
1525There are a few reasons behind the luxury price-tag that is found with Champagnes. Champagne is Expensive Because of Where It’s Grown Firstly, let’s consider the place itself. Champagne is one of the smallest wine regions in the world, totaling 76,000 acres. There is simply only so much land ..
How is Champagne Made?
1277The Process of Crafting Champagne The process of making Champagne could be thought of as making wine twice. At the heart and soul of Champagne is the process of blending. Each year the winemakers (“Chefs des Caves”) create a plethora of still wines from specific areas of land, with each wine composed ..