#NWTW: French Sparkling, NOT Champagne

#NWTW: French Non-Champagne Sparkling Wine The #NWTW wine of the week this week is sparkling wine from France, but not Champagne.  For much of France, the wines are labeled “Crémant”, but this doesn’t apply exclusively.  As long as it was made in the same method as Champagne (Methode Champenoise or Methode Traditionnelle), we would be … Continue reading

Holiday Oysters & Champagne

Do you have a Christmas Day tradition?  After all the pre-Christmas family events, our usual Christmas day is easy and unstructured.  During a visit to the Walrus and the Carpenter in Seattle over Thanksgiving, we found our young adult children both liked oysters on the half shell.  A new Christmas tradition is born: Oysters and … Continue reading

Champagne Season

Every year at this time, Surdyk’s has one or two “bubbly” tasting nights.  They have local wine distributors hosting tables with a variety of sparkling wines, all at sale pricing.  We have embraced sparkling wines this year as a nice part of almost any gathering.  One of our local distributors, The Wine Company, has really … Continue reading

#ChampagneDay: Domaine Chartogne-Taillet & Oysters!

Champagne Day is one of those made-up holidays; on October 26 people around the world open a bottle of champagne (only the real stuff) and tweet about their experiences.  I didn’t even know it was #ChampagneDay last Friday until I saw a tweet about it mid-day.  After a busy work week, we grabbed the opportunity … Continue reading

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