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#386615 - 12/04/12 09:47 PM Champaign (or made in the method of...)
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I'm looking for suggestions on a good bubbly for a Christmas Eve family get together. I'm not averse to spending $$, but if its good and not too expensive two bottles is always a good thing.
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#386625 - 12/04/12 10:20 PM Re: Champaign (or made in the method of...) [Re: fredk]
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Saint-Hilaire sparkling wine. It is made in Limoux, and is therefore the Champagne method. However it also was one of the first sprakling wines produced and predates Champagnes. It is very good for about $10-11 U.S.
My wife's favorite is Veuve Clicquot, and their non-vintage Champagne runs about $40 U.S.
You can find California sparklers from Domaine Chandon and Mumm Napa that run between the Saint-Hilaire and Veuve in price that are excellent as well.
My thought is, if the Champagne/Sparkling wine will be drunk at the end of the meal, there is really no reason to spend a big chunk on Champagne when everyone's palate has already been influenced by other drinks smile.
You really can't go wrong with the Saint-Hilaire, it's a staple for us at our Christmas party.
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#386627 - 12/04/12 10:23 PM Re: Champaign (or made in the method of...) [Re: fredk]
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Sparkling...

Henry of Pelham Cuvee Catharine
Cave Spring
Peller Estates Ice Cuvee
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#386633 - 12/05/12 12:45 AM Re: Champaign (or made in the method of...) [Re: DL30]
fredk Offline
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It will be served at the beginning of the meal. In my family, a good wine is never wasted. We all have well developed palettes.
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#386634 - 12/05/12 12:46 AM Re: Champaign (or made in the method of...) [Re: BlueJays1]
fredk Offline
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Thanks Blujays dude. I remember picking up a white from Cave Springs last year that was quite good. I'll have to look for the sparkling.
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#386642 - 12/05/12 07:44 AM Re: Champaign (or made in the method of...) [Re: fredk]
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While you are there, grab a bottle of the Cave Spring Riesling CSV (whatever year they have available at the LCBO). World class riesling from Ontario.

The Henry of Pelham Cuvee Catherine sparklings you should have no problem finding at your local LCBO. Very, very good. Henry of Pelham, like Cave Springs make excellent wines.

The Peller Estates Ice Cuvee and Ice Cuvee Rose are again very, very good. This sparkling I believe would appeal to most tastes and secondly probably never have tried before. It's fantastic.

"One of our most awarded wines at the winery, this traditional ‘méthode’ sparkling wine is made. When the lees are degorged, a ‘dosage’ (doh-sahj) of Icewine is added (110ml)."

BTW these are all Ontario wines. smile
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#386644 - 12/05/12 08:18 AM Re: Champaign (or made in the method of...) [Re: fredk]
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I rather like the Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs myself. I think that's what Peter had at his wedding. I'm not sure what we had, but it was pretty good and I've got it written down somewhere.
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#386647 - 12/05/12 09:14 AM Re: Champaign (or made in the method of...) [Re: Ken.C]
Amie Offline
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Registered: 02/06/02
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Nicolas Feuillatte is the only one that doesn't give Ian a headache (one small flaw in an otherwise lovely man):

http://www.lcbo.com/lcbo-ear/lcbo/product/details.do?language=EN&itemNumber=537605

It's dry and delicious.

BTW, for an interesting change at Thanksgiving, I poured 2/3s champagne to 1/3 Cranberry wine (a Muskoka classic - they grow in Bala) and it was really lovely - tasty with Turkey and beautiful on the table.
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#386653 - 12/05/12 11:10 AM Re: Champaign (or made in the method of...) [Re: Amie]
cb919 Offline
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Registered: 02/17/09
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Loc: Ottawa, Canada
That cranberry wine sounds interesting and festive - do they have a web page?
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#386657 - 12/05/12 12:54 PM Re: Champaign (or made in the method of...) [Re: fredk]
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Registered: 07/23/04
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I do not discriminate against any wine, I like them all; with the exception of champaign or sparkling. I dunno why, but I just can't get into them. I've tried everything from Asti to Cristal.... Yuk.

So it was with great surprise that I actually found one that I not only liked, but really-really liked it. Enough to order a case. I stumbled onto it by accident a couple weeks back when we were in Napa, overindulging in food and wine. Come to find out, it has a cult following in the area. It will probably become hard to get and uber expensive in a year or two. They make several, but I only tried the one; Blanc de Blancs. Next trip to Napa, I am going to visit the winery and try the rest of their offerings. http://www.schramsberg.com/
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