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Deal Alert: A 92 pt Champagne for $26.95

July 3, 2012 High End Values  No comments

You can't buy bad Champagne at this price let alone a highly rated example that I've personally enjoyed on several occasions and certified as a 5 Star, A+++, 90+ point Nickel and Dime Wine value!  The NV Duval-Leroy Brut Champagne has received a good bit of press since its 92 point Wine Spectator rating so you may have heard about this one before.   But I'm quite confident you haven't seen it at this price because LA Wine Co. has it for the lowest in the country according to Wine Searcher.  As a point of reference on how good this deal is, Wine Spectator gave the famous Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, a wine I enjoy, 90 points.  It sells for $40-50.  Furthermore, the Wine Advocate who is notoriously hard on Champagne gave this 88+ and the Veuve 87.  Any way you slice it, this is better.

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Deal Alert: Pommery Brut Royal Under $20

May 11, 2012 Daily DrinkersHigh End ValuesSpecial Occasions  No comments

Happy Friday!  LA Wine Co. is selling FULL BOTTLES of non-vintage Pommery Brut Royal for $19.95.  This is a textbook Champagne (you know - the kind from France), for the lowest price in the country by $8.39!  Actually, I can honestly say this is the lowest priced Champagne I've ever seen, and it's not some random no-namer.  It's Pommery!!!
Buy Here: Pommery Brut Royal $19.95
Wine Spectator 89 points

"Broad and inviting, exhibiting peach, honey and spice flavors. This is creamy and, though balanced on the soft side, stays focused, with moderate length. Drink now. 5,568 cases imported."

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Why We Love Champagne

March 6, 2012 Cellar WorthyHow To  No comments

Here are some facts of Champagne: It grows in a crappy climate, it's overpriced and many people think it's only for celebrations.  Ironically though, each of these facts has contributed to making this fizzy beverage something we love to enjoy. Let's examine each a little more closely.
Champagne Grows in a Crappy Climate
The Champagne region lies just East of Paris along the 49th parallel.  Also on the 49th parallel: North Dakota.  Sounds like prime wine country, right?  Not exactly, but this less than ideal climate has really made Champagne what it is today.  Most Champagnes are bottled non-vintage (N/V) which really means that they are a mix of multiple vintages.  This is because dramatic variations from vintage to vintage meant the grower needed a way to ensure quality and

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Pommery Brut Royal Champagne Gift Pack- Perfect for the holidays. $29.95

December 6, 2010 High End Values  No comments

Everyone loves to receive Champagne as a gift.  Those who don't are hereby declared suspected communists (yes that's you dad).  This year, make it a point to ditch the Asti Spumante (A.K.A. "Nasti Spumante") shrink wrapped in the cheesy basket, and get a gift that someone can actually enjoy: Fine Champagne.  But wait,  there's more!  This fine Champagne happens to come with some nice glasses that are the perfect shape for enjoying Champagne and other sparkling wine.  They are shaped like narrow versions of a Bordeaux glass rather than a straight flute.  I much prefer this style, so much in fact, that I'm going to buy another gift pack for myself so I have a total of four glasses.

So how's the bubbly?  It's great.  It actually compares quite favorably with the other $25-30 Champagne

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A Poor Man’s Rosé Champagne- Lucien Albrecht Cremant d-Alsace Brut Rosé $14.95

October 24, 2010 Daily Drinkers  No comments

How much do I like Champagne?  A lot.  How much do I like Champagne's pink version?  A lot plus a little more.  Unfortunately, the rosé version usually costs between 2 and 5 times more than the standard version, so it's a very rare occasion that I get to drink the real deal.  Legally, only grapes grown in the Champagne region of France can be called Champagne (with the exception of a few U.S. sparkling wines that were grandfathered in).  And much like the "Napa Valley Effect" Champagne demands a much higher price than it's less prestigious, though sometimes just as tasty, counterparts in different regions of France and elsewhere.

In this case the grapes come from Alsace in eastern France near the German border.  Lucien Albrecht's brut rosé is made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes whose

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Heidsieck Monopole Brut Blue Top – Textbook Champagne $26.95

October 11, 2010 Daily DrinkersHigh End Values  No comments

I've been on a major Champagne kick lately and it seems like anything with the word "Heidsieck" on the label is really good.  In the last month, I've had Piper-Heidsieck, Charles Heidsieck and Heidsieck & Co, all in the $25-30 range and all fantastic values.  This got me thinking about about how three different Champagne houses could have the same name, so I did some research on the Interweb's #1 source of sometimes accurate information (Wikipedia), and here's what I came up with:

Charles Heidsieck (of Charles Heidsieck) was the son of Charles-Henri Heidsieck (a Champagne merchant) who was the nephew of Florens-Louis Heidsieck (of Piper-Heidsieck) and the cousin of Pierre Auguste Heidsieck (of Heidsieck & Co Monopole).  Got it?

Now that you know who founded Heidsieck &

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Piper-Heidsieck NV Brut Champagne. Another excuse to celebrate. $27.95

September 23, 2010 High End ValuesSpecial Occasions  One comment

I was in Chicago last weekend and having recently enjoyed the 2000 vintage Piper-Heidsieck, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to give the non vintage version a try.  As you will find out with our soon to be launched (massive) Facebook campaign, I don't need a celebratory excuse to drink Champagne, but in this case I was celebrating meeting up with the family in the Second City.

Much like Chicago, this Champagne is clean, crisp and a little nutty.  Unlike Chicago, it's best enjoyed on ice.  Totally unrelated to Chicago it has a really nice citric note and a creamy mouthfeel with a complexity rarely found in Champagne at this price point.  I loved Piper-Heidsieck's vintage bottling, but at less than half the price I'm having trouble coming up with a reason not to just drink the NV

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Piper-Heidsieck Vintage Brut 2000- Vintage Champagne value $59.95 WS92

September 14, 2010 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  One comment

Generally speaking, Champagne releases two different kinds of bubbly: Non vintage and vintage.  Non vintage Champagne is released every year and consists of a blend of multiple vintages with the goal of creating a sparkling wine that's consistent year to year.  It's meant to be consumed within the first couple years of life.  Vintage Champagne is only produced in the best years and consists of only one vintage of grapes and is meant to be aged.  The 2000 vintage is the most recent that most Champagne houses released a vintage bottling.  My question: how do those bubbles last 10 years!?

In fact, those tiny bubbles can last much longer than 10 years, with some decades-old Champagne drinking great to this day.  To me, that's what is so satisfying about drinking vintage bubbly.  So how

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Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label- High End Champagne $36.95

July 16, 2010 Special Occasions  No comments

It was our 4th wedding anniversary so I needed some classy Champagne to celebrate.  You can never go wrong with Veuve Clicquot and its iconic yellow label (that curiously looks more orange to me).  We went with the half bottle because we were also opening a 15 year old bottle of Cabernet.  I love half bottles of Champagne because it's the perfect amount for two people to share before dinner!

Veuve Clicquot might be the most popular higher-end Champagne in the United States, and for good reason.  It's a perfect expression of what Champagne should be- dry, nutty and with lots of tiny tongue tingling (say that 3 times fast) bubbles.

You can easily pay $100 at restaurants, $60 at the grocery store and $50 at wine superstores for Veuve Yellow Label.  LA Wine Co. has it for $36.95 for

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