Guest Post By Susan Cooper
It looks like Susan Cooper from Finding Our Way Now will be featuring a wine post for us once a month. It will be a great addition because her reviews are absolutely wonderful. Now I leave you with our resident wine writer, Susan Cooper.
Hi Everyone, as you know Patrick and I shared a post a little while back. We had so much fun with the last blog post swap, that we thought it would be great to do it again a few more times. So here we are with our second swap and not to be our last… :-).
It’s that time of year when we start thinking about family gatherings and celebrations. When we have a family gathering, the same questions always seem to arise. The question is always the same; what wine or beverage should we serve? I decided to plan ahead and look for some good choices so when the need does arise I will know what I should have on my list for the coming events.
One of the wines I chose, with the help of my local wine buyer, was Chandon Brut Classic Sparkling Wine produced by Domaine Chandon of Napa Valley. It is a wonderful sparkling wine.
I know what your thinking, I thought this was a French Champagne, and what is the difference between Champagne and Sparkling wine? Let me explain. It is French, but in order for a sparkling wine to be called Champagne the grapes and wine needs to be produced in the Champagne region of France. If a sparking wine is produced anywhere else it is simple referred to as sparkling wine. It’s just that simple.
Moët et Chandon is a French winery and co-owner of the luxury goods company Moët-Hennessy • Louis Vuitton. Moët et Chandon is one of the world’s largest champagne producers. Moët et Chandon was established in 1743 by Claude Moët.
In 1792, Moët et Chandon expanded the business to include the Abbey of Hautvillers, where Benedictine monk Dom Pérignon perfected double-fermentation for creating champagne. The company attracted a loyal international following after it initiated an account with Napoleon in 1804 propelling Moët et Chandon to become the most famous winemaker in the world.
In the late 1920’s, the company introduced a Dom Pérignon brand of vintage champagne. Dom Pérignon became one of their most successful brands, recognized by connoisseurs as the perfect champagne, and the most expensive.
Then in 1973, the company launched Napa Domaine Chandon, in California, the first French-owned sparkling wine producer in Napa Valley, near Yountville, CA. Domaine Chandon makes both sparkling and still wines made from traditional grapes used in the production of Champagne. When the French founders came to the Napa Valley they recognized the unique climate and soil, and how ideal is was for producing superior and traditional grape varietals to make a French Sparkling wine (Champagne).
Today Domaine Chandon now owns three of California’s finest areas in Yountville, Carneros and Mount Veeder. Like many of the vineyards of that area, they are leaders in sustainable farming taking great care in preserving the environment.
One thing that makes Domaine Chandon an engaging experience is the art. Throughout the property, you will see works of art by outstanding local artists offered for sale to the public. They also provide various tours showcasing the process used in producing their amazing sparking wine.
This is one of those wineries that you must see while in the Napa wine region. The grounds and the facility are gorgeous, the tours are great fun, the wine tasting is very special, and their restaurant is world class.
This is what the winemaker has to say about this sparkling wine:
“Classic balance typifies this refreshingly soft, yet dry wine. The wine delivers complex apple and pear characteristics accented by citrus spice over notes of almond and caramel in the bouquet. When you taste Brut Classic, look for nutty flavors with hints of brioche that build to a refreshingly dry finish.
Chandon Brut Classic is a nice way to refresh the palate when eating salty, creamy, or nutty foods such as Caesar salad, fried calamari, oysters, or fresh sashimi and sushi.”
This is a delightful sparkling wine and one anyone would enjoy sharing with a guest, family and friends on any occasion.
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You can find Chandon Brut Classic Sparkling Wine at, wine.com, totalwine.com, amazon.com, BevMo.com, CostPlus/World market, and any good wine purveyor or wine markets.
Once again, another great post. If you haven’t had a chance, please visit Susan at Finding Our Way Now for more wine reviews, recipes, art and great stories.
Be sure to check out my post at Finding Our Way Now. Beer and Football – A Thanksgiving Pairing