Champagne Tasting

I admit it. I am a red wine drinker. Most people who know me, know that.

However, one person is trying to open my mind (or palate) to champagne. It is starting to work a little bit. {{At least I don’t just get annoyed by the bubbles. I am starting to taste actual notes when I drink it. Before the bubbles just tickled my nose and my palate, masking the ability to notice anything else.}}

Tonight we tasted three champagnes. All grower champagnes from the Champagne region of France. {{There is a fancy French word for grower champagnes, however French words have never rolled off my tongue (way too much time as a Spanish student).}}

  • Pierre Peters N/V Brut Cuvee de Reserve – I like the appley flavors in this one. Made me want some dark chocolate caramels to eat along with it.
  • Gaston Chiquet N/V Brut Tradition Carte Verte – My least favorite; it was sharper in flavor. The bubbles maybe bothered me a bit.
  • Margaine N/V Brut Rose – This one was my favorite. It was fruity, but not the way a red wine can be fruity. The flavors lasted much longer.
The other thing that is a bit fun about champagnes is the producer/growers don’t get all caught up in the vintage. They mix and match as they want to. Which actually sounds more complicated than making wine. But maybe not.
For now, my major breakthrough about champagne is that I can drink it without mixing it with orange juice. Progress? I’ll leave that to you to decide.

Author: sheilashultz

Search marketer by day, full-time Mom by night...always looking for ways to find a few moments of "me" time.

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