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Published: February 16th 2021
How many of your shop at Trader Joe's for your wine and spirits? Generally, they have some interesting and well priced deals. Their wide selection allows me to try some new varietals from places I might not otherwise try. Next time you are there, just go to a different country, like Argentina, Spain or Italy, and pick a varietal that you have never heard of. Oh, and make sure the price is around $10 or less. You will thank me. The local wine expert has a column on Wednesday, and always touts his bargains, or "steals" as he calls them. And the place he touts is none other than Grocery Outlet, rapidly becoming the place to go for bargain wines across a wide spectrum. Of the 18,000+ growers in Champagne, only 4000+ own their vineyards 100% and make the wine, what we commonly call "Grower" Champagne, generally in VERY small quantities. And only 5% of these are even imported into this country! Of the 4000+ growers, only 28 (!) belong to the exclusive “Club Trésors de Champagne”, aka the Special Club.
“To drink Champagne in a flute glass is like going to a concert with earplugs in. You
lose everything that is fragile and nuanced.”
—Margareth HenriquezCEO, Krug Champagne, on the necessity of using a wide white wine glass for Champagne.
Maison Perrier-Jouët was born from the wedding of founders Pierre-Nicolas Perrier and Rose-Adélaïde Jouët in 1810. United by a love of nature and a passion for champagne, they founded their own House, joining both their surnames to create Perrier-Jouët.Which country produces the most sparkling wine? Every year since 2016, Italy has made more spumante (“sparkling wine” in Italian) than any other country in the world according to the OIV (International Organization of Vine and Wine). Italy’s achievement has been driven in large part by the skyrocketing success of Prosecco which, at 660 million bottles a year, now makes up more than 10%!o(MISSING)f all Italian wine produced. Other major types of Italian sparkling wines include Lambrusco
, and Asti. Most people will guess France or the US.Biggest sparkling wine secret EVER: Have you ever purchased a bottle of champagne, sparkling wine, prosecco or cheap bubbly that is not very palatable? Just add
a teaspoon or so of St. Germaine liqueur (aka elderflower liqueur) to each glass. You will be totally amazed. And know that each bottle contains more than a thousand elderflowers! It becomes, what they affectionately call, a St. Germain Royale. And it is!So, now you know my sparkling secret. Maybe you have some of your own.
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