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12 of the Best Grower Champagnes to Toast the Holidays

12 of the Best Grower Champagnes to Toast the Holidays

‘Tis the season to pop some bubbles! If we ever need an excuse to drink Champagne (spoiler: we don’t), the holidays offer plenty. We are also awash in grower Champagne, or bottles from smaller, artisanal winemakers who produce Champagne only from estate-owned vineyards. According to MarketWatch, grower Champagne imports to the United States grew by more […]

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We’re Drinking More Rosé Champagne Than Ever Before. Just Don’t Call It a Trend.

We’re Drinking More Rosé Champagne Than Ever Before. Just Don’t Call It a Trend.

We may fancy ourselves singular snowflakes, but patterns checker what we eat, drink, and hashtag. Thanks to the lightning-fast nature of digital sharing, trends like Negronis and so-called “unicorn foods” quickly escalate from local to global phenomena. Look around, and suddenly everyone (no seriously, everyone) is feting Persian New Year, drinking cortados, or collectively dropping $207 […]

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Behind the Bottle: Vitalie Taittinger Pulls Back the Curtain on Her Family’s Evolving Champagne Empire

Behind the Bottle: Vitalie Taittinger Pulls Back the Curtain on Her Family’s Evolving Champagne Empire

For a nearly 300-year-old enterprise, the Taittinger Champagne house behaves remarkably like a startup. It’s thanks in part to Vitalie Taittinger, the art school-trained daughter of the business’s president, Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger. For the past 11 years, Vitalie has helped steer the company toward new and exciting possibilities.

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Champagne Toe-sts: The Strange History of Drinking Bubbly From Women’s Shoes

Champagne Toe-sts: The Strange History of Drinking Bubbly From Women’s Shoes

My grandmother was a stern, fastidious woman. She had a live-in housekeeper, and her home was always tidy. She wore expensive jewelry and got her hair done professionally several times a week. She frequently sent back food at restaurants and would chew out waiters who brought her an imperfectly made Martini. So it was quite […]

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Why Champagne and Fried Foods Are Perfect Together

Why Champagne and Fried Foods Are Perfect Together

Champagne with fried foods is an iconic — and irresistible — pairing. The Wall Street Journal and Southern Living have extolled the virtues of the quintessential high-low match, and it inspires an annual charitable event in Chicago, the aptly named Fried Chicken and Champagne Fest. A few years back, New Yorkers were treated to a dedicated fried-chicken-and-Champagne restaurant, […]

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Three Reasons Why Life Is Better With Champagne Magnums

Three Reasons Why Life Is Better With Champagne Magnums

A few months into my first sommelier job, our wine director made a grand announcement during a pre-shift meeting: “Today launches our Champagne magnum by-the-glass happy hour.” The service team oohed and aahed, and I started having phantom pains from soon-to-be sore, magnum-pouring arms. I’m a proponent of more Champagne, always, but I was confused.

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