Seattle Wine Blog

This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

More Delightful Champagne - Happy New Year

Today, we focus on French Champagne in the $30-$50 price range. These wines make excellent gifts, especially for business associates. They are a wonderful way to celebrate the New Year, especially with caviar. There are many excellent Champagnes, in addition to the ones mentioned here. Like Port, and unlike many other wines, the consistency and overall quality of Champagne is fairly high, so even if you just pick a bottle off the shelf, you may to do pretty well. And price is generally related to quality which isn't necessarily so with other wines. Here are a few suggestions, going from lighter to yeastier. These are all NV Brut Champagnes - dry!

  • Hemard "Origine"
  • Charles Heidsick
  • Piper Heidsick
  • Pol Roger
  • Veuve Clicquot
  • Roederer
  • Bollinger

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