With the holidays upon us, wine shops are promoting their selections of sparkling wines for the festivities by hosting lots of in-store tastings. Fellow blogger Glenn and I were fortunate to go to one of the most extensive and interesting of these: the Annual Champagne Tastings hosted by Federal Wine and Spirits.
The event was held over two evenings at Cafe Marliave, with the first evening featuring primarily Champagne Houses and the second Estate Champagnes. We went to the latter, at which 14 sparklers (all but two were Champagne) ranging in price from $13.99 to $57.99 were served. It was an incredible selection of Champagnes that are not commonly found in your average wine shop.
- Camille Saves Carte Blanche Brut 1er Cru
- L. Aubry Fils Brut, Premier Cru
- Vannier-Fanniere Brut, Grand Cru, Avize
- Jean Lallement Brut, Grand Cru
As we left, Glenn stopped to express his praise and thanks to Federal Wine’s owner Len Rothenberg. As Glenn said, it is indeed the best Champagne tasting in the city. And yes, Len, you may quote us on that!