Archive for June, 2011

Summer School @ SFWC

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Summer is here, and we’ve got a fresh line-up of classes at Wine School! Intro classes, summer whites, new regions to explore and familiar ones to revisit. Plus we’ve added new walk-around tastings that will include multiple wine themes from around the world. Check out the schedule and sign up for summer school – the kind you’ll actually want to go to!

See you soon!


Melanie Friedman

The Stars of Champagne with Christie Dufault – May 31

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Champagne – exciting, refreshing, celebratory.  We celebrated the coming of summer last night at SFWC with our Champagne class, led by sommelier and wine educator Christie Dufault. Christie gave a great explanation of how Champagne is made and why it is so special – the grapes, soil, climate, and winemaking technique are all contributing factors. The wines were fantastic – grower Champagnes, vintage Champagnes, and a trio of rose Champagnes. My favorite was the Billcart-Salmon Prestige Cuvee rose, their top bottling. What can I say, I have expensive taste!

The wines:

  1. Paul Berthelot Brut Reserve NV – Dizy
  2. Jean Lallement Brut Grand Cru NV – Verzeney *
  3. Pierre Péters Cuvée de Réserve Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru NV – Le Mesnil-sur-Oger *
  4. Laurent-Perrier Brut Millesime 1999 – Tours-sur-Marne
  5. Gaston Chiquet Brut Cart d’Or 2002 – Dizy *
  6. Taittinger Prestige Rose NV – Rheims
  7. Vilmart Cuvee Rubis Premier Cru Rosé NV – Rilly-la-Montagne *
  8. Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 1998 – Mareuil-sur-Ay

*Small quantity available for purchase; let us know if you are interested.

Thanks to Christie for a great class and to all the students for attending!


Melanie Friedman