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Pop…fizz…bubble. New Year’s cheer is often symbolized by an elegant flute or coupe of Champagne, but you’d be surprised how many holiday party goers are actually toasting with it’s cousin – sparkling wine. True Champagne is exclusively from the Champagne region of France.
We caught up with Susanne Lerescu, Sommelier for the Wine Cellar, to talk about the different types of Champagnes. The takeaway? An incredible education on Champagne and two exceptional recommendations to ring in the New Year:
Henri Billiot, “Cuvee Julie”, Reims, Champagne, NV
This producer owns about 5 hectares of vines in Ambonnay, which is considered one of the best towns for Champagne. What Montrachet is for Burgundy, Ambonnay is for Champagne!
This particular Champagne has equal parts of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and does not see malolactic fermentation. The wines are fermented in enameled steel tanks and are not fined or filtered, so you get a lot of pure fruit flavors.
The nose is more on the herbaceous side with dill and cucumber aromas, which is pretty different. Susanne recommends pairing this Champagne with Oysters, Lox and Shrimp, and notes, “If you like interesting Champagne that drinks easy and is not too dry – this is the one.”
Henri Goutorbe, “Special Club”, Vallee de la Marne, 2002
This producer has been producing this estate bottled Champagne in Ay since the late 1940s. Ay is a grand cru village (the highest designation) and home to some amazing Champagne.
The wines are all fermented in stainless steel and malolactic fermentation is taking place.
This champagne uses two grapes – 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. The Champagne is aged for 8 years at the estate before it is distributed.
The nose is more subtle, while you get a lot of complexity on the palate. “This Champagne drinks like a big white wine with just a few bubbles and would be nice to drink throughout the evening,” says Susanne.
Both of these Champagnes are from small producers, so you’ll have a hard time picking them up at a local wine shop. Instead, you’re more likely to find these Champagnes on select wine lists, like our very own Restaurant Latour,
Cheers to a bubble-filled holiday! Happy New Year!
We brewed up a weekend of fun, food and beer for our guests at the 3rd Annual New Jersey Beer and Food Festival July 15th – 16th.
The weekend’s events kicked off on Friday with a Sam Adams ‘Meet the Brewer’ tasting seminar at Black Bear. Guests sampled four new styles of Sam Adams beer paired with assorted hors d’oeuvres. Sam Adams brewer, Bert Boyce, was onsite for a Q&A session. The Sam Adams Beer Dinner followed with a four course gourmet menu with beer pairings. At the end of the evening, one lucky guest took home a unique bottle of Sam Adams Utopias.
Saturday morning was a picture-perfect day for the ‘Brews and Birdies’ golf tournament, which combined two favorite universal past times – beer and golf. Golfers enjoyed 18-holes at Ballyowen or Wild Turkey and sampled a variety of craft beers along the golf course.
The Beer and Food Festival continued Saturday afternoon with a Beer Seminar and Tasting in The Chef’s Garden. Executive Chef Michael Weisshaupt and Top Chef Season 7 winner Kevin Sbraga prepared a delicious menu featuring Grilled Lamb Kabob, Smoked Turkey Reuben, Carmelized Onion Flatbread with Savory Peach Confit, Andouille Sliders with Garden Cucumbers and Cilantro, BLT “Chef’s Garden” and Wood Oven Roasted Apricots with Pomegranate Glaze. Beer pairings included Shiner Ruby Redbird, Sierra Nevada Summerfest, Blue Moon Honey Moon, Sam Adams Summer Ale, Beach Haus American Pilsner and Cricket Hill Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale.
Our signature Beer Festival took place on the 9th hole of Cascades Golf Course at Grand Cascades Lodge. The event featured over 100 varieties of beer from over 40 breweries. Guests received souvenir pint glasses and enjoyed unlimited beer sampling, delicious BBQ food and live music by North Jersey-based rock cover band, Likely Story.
For more photos of the 3rd Annual NJ Beer and Food Festival, visit our gallery on Facebook.
Save the date! Next year’s 4th Annual NJ Beer and Food Festival will take place June 22-23, 2012.
Our 1st Annual Sussex County Long Drive Championship competition attracted more than 200 competitors to qualifying events held every Friday and Saturday since July at the Black Bear Golf Club to identify the finalists. On Friday, September 3rd, the top ten men and women came together to determine who would be crowned the 1st Annual Sussex County Long Drive Champions. Below is a short recap video from this year’s event.
Our congratulations go out to women’s champion, Dawn Carley for her drive of 253 yards and men’s champion, Dan Sauter driving a distance of 323 yards. We appreciate everyone that came out and participated, and we’re looking forward to next year’s competition!
We had an amazing time at the 25th Annual Oktoberfest at Minerals Resort. Hundreds of people joined us to take advantage of authentic German cuisine prepared by our very own Chef Peter Case and staff. The weather was beautiful offering a picturesque setting on Minerals Field. It truly was the perfect day to spend with friends and family.
Thank you to everyone that spent the day with us. We can’t wait until next year! Until next time, enjoy two short montages from this year’s Oktoberfest below and don’t forget to find us on Facebook for more photos from the event. (Tag yourself in the photos if you’re in them!)
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