Don't you just love going to seminars? I do. Contrary to popular opinion, I don't know everything there is to know about wine. Even considering I'm a self-proclaimed Wine Snob, that doesn't mean my knowledge about wine abounds.
That's why when I heard about another seminar on one of my favorite wines (can you guess?), I jumped at the chance. This was all about Champagne. Not sparkling wine or any of the other pseudo sparklers out there, the real thing. It even came with a Champagne Specialist, Rebecca, direct from Moet Hennessy! You know how I like folks that represent a winery or even the winemaker or owner.
Besides that, the way in which the seminar was organized was inspiring and rather entertaining. Generally, you have specific wines poured that are identified in some way, you know the wine, region or something other about it. The 5 wines highlighted this evening, with one exception, were poured blind. I could guess that all the wines would be coming from the stable of Moet Hennessy, but even I found it challenging to try and guess which was which. Now, to be honest, I REALLY DIDN'T CARE! I don't think I've ever found a Champagne I didn't like. Some I like better than others, but none that turned me off completely.
Rebecca took us through the steps in making this nectar of the gods, and the various aspects of vineyard management and selection. Using some well-designed slides to help guide us to the correct conclusion for each wine before us. Kudos for the presentation. Once again, I really wasn't too concerned, I just loved what was perched in front of me.
One interesting fact and one that I hadn't heretofore considered is that the Champagne region is at a latitude that would lie within Canada. That makes winemaking in Champagne a little more difficult, but what also helps make them crisp with nice acidity. AKA, great food wine!
Bottom line; what did we have? The Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut and Brut Rosé, Ruinart Blanc de Blanc Brut (my personal favorite of the evening) and the Veuve Cliquot Brut Yellow Label and their 2006 La Grande Dame.
If you're interested in learning more about wine, I recommend that you look for shops that are not just doing tastings but will have seminars on various topics about wine. It's a great way to learn, even for a Wine Snob like me!