Champagne would probably be one of the most famous wines today. Admit it, you probably have used champagne and wine almost interchangeably at some point in your life. It's fame is quite understandable because champagne, unlike some wines, is always on the table during festivities. Come to think of it. When you celebrate your birthday, what do you usually drink aside of course from colas? On New Year's Eve? On your best friend's wedding? Champagne, right?
A Quick Glance at the History
Champagne, aside from being a "celebration wine" is world-famous for being a sparkling wine. But Champagne, as we know it today, was originally just a "wine" until of course it adapted the name of the region where it originated.
Dom Perignon, a Benedictine monk, was widely regarded as the Champagne inventor, but history would tell that he was only instrumental to the development that occurred in the Champagne-making process. His contributions include cork usage, blending of different grapes from different vineyards, and clarification strategies.
Quite often a good wine is a great wine when paired with the right food. Some food and wine pairings are quite obvious where as others are often illusive. Are you planning a dinner and want to see what wine would go best with it? Have you had a great meal that was perfectly paired with a wine? Please share it so we can all enjoy the wine pairing.
If you are in the Los Angeles area (I know how large of an area that is) and know of events/tastings in L.A. that you plan on attending please let us know. I'm sure we are all going to bump into one another at some point in time so let's get started! Or, if you have a secret wine shop that is near and dear to your heart here in L.A., let us know about it.
Welcome to the Virtual Wine Tasting Club. Every month in our online wine tasting series we will taste a different wine and post our tasting notes. In advance, if possible, please post the wine you will be trying that fits the tasting. The tasting will last one month so you can taste and post your notes in that time frame. Please ask questions about the wine we're tasting, post recommendations for future wine tastings and make this online wine tasting group a wonderful, interactive, informative wine discussion.
I am not a wine snob, and I have been involved in the wine industry long enough to not be intimidated or bullied by people who think you have to spend a lot of money to find good wines. When I worked at Wine.com, my employee picks always turned into the best sellers. I would like to start a discussion that will bring to light lesser known (but not impossible to find) wines. All are encouraged to share what they know on this subject with the rest of us.