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Definitive Guide to Vintages in Champagne

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Vintages in Champagne are more important than in most other regions. At these northern limits of grape growing it is important to mind the varied conditions of each and every vintage. It was this that first inspired the blending that today is inextricable to winemaking across Champagne. To balance the lean
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But First, Champagne: A Modern Guide to the World’s Favorite Wine

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"But First, Champagne" has proven a tour de force -a fresh take on covering everything Champagne from history and trends to methods and producer profiles. Back in May of 2013 The Wine Company hosted the author and "Terroirist" David White for a chat on all things afoot in the wine blogosphere. As
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WHY TWC CHAMPAGNE?

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An at-a-glance cri de cœur for all that is small and beautiful • DISTINCTION • ADVENTURE • GREATNESS • FARM-TO-TABLE • AFFORDABLE LUXURY Récoltant Manipulants Pierre Gimonnet – Récoltant Manipulant • Family grown since 1750 • Côte des Blancs / 100% Chardonnay • 27 acres of Grand Cru Vineyards – old vine focus Pierre Callot – Récoltant Manipulant •
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Part Three: Nine Champagnes Wil Bailey wants you to know

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Our Champagne portfolio at The Wine Company represents 60 selections with a nice offering of the most capable Récoltant-Manipulants as well as an enticing selection of the most illustrious boutique houses to be found - not to mention the additional 70+ sparkling wines from outside of Champagne. Choosing can be daunting. Wine Company Portfolio Director Wil
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Part Two: Nine Champagnes Wil Bailey wants you to know

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Our Champagne portfolio at The Wine Company represents 60 selections with a nice offering of the most capable Récoltant-Manipulants as well as an enticing selection of the most illustrious boutique houses to be found - not to mention the additional 70+ sparkling wines from outside of Champagne. Choosing can be daunting. Wine Company Portfolio Director Wil
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Part One: Nine Champagnes Wil Bailey wants you to know

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Our Champagne portfolio at The Wine Company represents 60 selections with a nice offering of the most capable Récoltant-Manipulants as well as an enticing selection of the most illustrious boutique houses to be found - not to mention the additional 70+ sparkling wines from outside of Champagne. Choosing can be daunting. Wine Company Portfolio Director Wil
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In Support of Pinot Meunier (and welcome Moussé Fils to Minnesota!)

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It's never fun to be the third wheel. To sit at a dinner table and be the one that feels like you don't know as much as the vivacious and outgoing people surrounding you. To be the one picked last to join the kickball team. To be the one that answers
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Photos and videos from the Grower Champagne Extravaganza

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What happens when hundreds of wine lovers and hundreds of bottles of incredible Champagne from tiny and integrity-driven producers are in one room together? Relive the Grower Champagne Extravaganza below ... photos, videos, and more! If you're looking for tasting notes from the event those can be found here.
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Tasting notes from the Grower Champagne Extravaganza

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Wow! Many thanks to the hundreds of consumers that came out to our Grower Champagne Extravaganza on January 25th, 2014! The room was packed with wonderful people enjoying incredible Champagnes all produced from boutique-sized houses. It was an afternoon to remember! But for many (us included!) some of the nuance and details
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Champagne vintages 1988-2013

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Vintage Champagne is a rarity, only about 10% of the total production of the region. On average the producers will declare about three out of every ten years. The producers themselves declare the vintage for the house, there is no "regional announcement" or vintage decree. This means that even on
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