The Okanagan Valley’s Tinhorn Creek winery may be roughly 8,000 kilometres away from Champagne, but its Blanc de Blanc from the 2018 vintage might convert even the most ardent champagne drinker to a different bubbly.
Champagne dresses up a party. Veuve Clicquot does so in its signature yellow. Enter Paola Paronetto, and the Veuve Clicquot Grande Dame 2015 gets a makeover with an entirely new colour palette, a collaboration in celebration of the maison’s 250th anniversary.
When Mhairi (pronounced Vari) O’Donnell sat down with her mother more than a decade ago to look through old black-and-white photos of her grandmother, she had no idea it would lead to her opening what are possibly the world’s only champagne and fondue bars.
No matter the suite, the experience is exceptional. Champagne flows freely at Château de Saran, and cocktail hour is a cinematic scene with the grandest of champagne towers.
The combination of grape varieties and growing conditions in England results in sparkling wines that tend to show excellent flavour complexity and the high acidity expected of this style of wine. The generous bubbles stream in beads and are often tiny, a trait associated with fine sparkling wine.
Veuve Clicquot is paying homage to its legacy with the Solaire Culture exhibition, the name a reference to the company’s sunny yellow labels.
No longer considered a drink solely for special occasions, sparkling wine is now widely drunk on its own as a casual sipping wine, as an aperitif, and with meals. And although champagne might be the gold standard, it has plenty of competition.
The first of its kind in Montreal, the Champagne Box is the result of a partnership between W Montreal and Moët & Chandon.
Saying that 2010 was a bad year for champagne would be an understatement.