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champagne facts

I ran across this today in an old Saveur magazine and thought some people might find it useful:

Labels on French champagnes can be confusing and here are some quick facts:
Blanc de Blancs-made only with white grapes, 100 percent Chardonnay, ages well
Blanc de Noirs-light colored champagnes made from the juice of dark-skinned grapes such as pinot noir or pinot meunier
Brut-meaning dry, very little sugar added to the bottle, 95% of all French champagnes
Demi-Sec-pair well with desserts,noticeable amount of sugar
Extra-Dry-pretty sweet, popular in American sparkling wines
Rose-wide variety of taste, made with contact with dark grape skins or blending with red

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nothing more beautiful than aisles wallpapered with deep ink filled grape bundles

nothing more beautiful than aisles wallpapered with deep ink filled grape bundles

A gorgeous place, the view as well as the actual building, not far from Portland.  There is that fireplace, as you walk in, about 20 feet tall, clad in copper, that’s John standing in front of it for scale.  We tasted the Pinot Noir flight, all 2007 vintage, the one we ended up purchasing was the Carabella Pinot.  At $50 it was steep but worth every delicious sip!

looking down the vines

looking down the vines

Penner Ash Vineyard

Penner Ash Vineyard

the fireplace

the fireplace

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