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Bring on the bubbly! In 2013, CitySip founder Blaine Ashley introduced New York’s first-ever Champagne Week—and it’s back again for the third year. Bigger, better, and bubblier than ever. From November 9–13, curated events will be taking place all over the city including exclusive tastings and sparkling happy hours, a culinary Champagne excursion featuring top NYC chefs, and a Bubble Bash closing party.
Experience boutique bubbly brands to world-class powerhouses during the ultimate, multi-day Champagne celebration. Snag your tickets here so you can sip away and uncork all the indulgent fun. Here’s the schedule of NYC Champagne Week festivities you can attend:
The Blow Your Mind Champagne Tasting
Wednesday, November 11th | 6-8 pm | Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit
Join Champagne specialist Alyse Mizia for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience several of the world’s best Champagnes—including Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, Dom Pérignon, and Krug Grande Cuvée—all while seriously upping your sparkling wine knowledge.
Champagne Devaux Portfolio Tasting Class
Thursday, November 12th | 6–7:30pm | Back Label Wine Merchants
Brand Ambassador Anne-Caroline Dussort will lead an intimate class featuring boutique brand Champagne Devaux, as guests taste their way through six cuvées complemented by cheese and charcuterie.
Champs de Cuisine
Thursday, November 12th | 7–9:30pm | Haven’s Kitchen
This culinary celebration showcases some of NYC’s most acclaimed female chefs and wine personalities—Esther Choi of Mokbar, Grayson Schmitz, Leah Cohen of Pig & Khao, and Sara Lehman aka “Somm in the City”—as they present savory and sweet dishes featuring Champagne, served alongside specialty cocktails and (of course) more Champagne. A portion of event proceeds will benefit the Toklas Society.
The Bubble Bash: New York Champagne Week’s Official Closing Party
Friday, November 13th | 9pm-12am | Hornblower Hybrid Yacht
Dance and sip the night away aboard a state-of-the-art luxury yacht! This ultra-fun fête will feature multiple bubbly Brut and Rosé bars, sparkling wine cocktail stations, a rotating set of DJs, and more. Refill your Riedel flutes all night long and get home safe with $20 credits via UberPOOL. Code: SIPSAFE
Stay connected to all the bubble-filled happenings on Facebook and Twitter. Hope to see you there. Sante!
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Bring on the bubbly! My friend and CitySip founder, Blaine Ashley, has organized New York’s first-ever Champagne Week. From November 4th through the 8th, exciting events will be taking place all over the city including a Champagne and spirits cocktail competition, exclusive tastings, a private pairing dinner, sparkling happy hours and more. I’ll raise a glass to that!
Experience boutique bubbly brands to world-class favorites during the ultimate, multi-day Champagne celebration. Get your tickets here so you can sip away and uncork all the indulgent fun!
Check out this list of NYC Champagne Week festivities you can attend:
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. And while food is undoubtedly the star of the show, choosing the right wines to pair with your holiday feast can be just as important to having a delicious celebration.
With so many flavors and textures going on in your meal, it can be hard to know which wines work best. In general, you’ll want to select light, crisp wines with delicate aromas, which let the food shine. Also, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get a really good bottle. Each variety featured below is tasty, versatile, and typically sold for under $20. And they’re all organic, to boot!
Sparkling: Bubbly is a hit for any occasion and can be enjoyed as an aperitif, for a Thanksgiving toast, or throughout the entire meal. Light and refreshing, sparkling wine will cleanse your palate so you can properly taste all the delicious food ahead. Pop open a bottle of California’s fresh and zesty Domaine Carneros Brut Cuvée or the delightfully aromatic Mionetto Organic Prosecco from Italy.
White: To tastefully enhance any course of your Thanksgiving feast, pour a crisp, clean white. Vibrant, citrusy Frey Organic Sauvignon Blanc is excellent paired with everything from turkey and ham (or tofurkey and seitan mains) to potato and veggie sides. Another great option is the creamy Chardonnay from Paul Dolan Vineyards; with hints of crisp apple and vanilla spice, this organic Chard is perfect for holiday sipping.
Rosé/Red: Rosé—whether sparkling or still—crosses the bridge between white and red, and pairs well with turkey, stuffings and most sides. Food-friendly Bonterra Organically Grown Rosé presents a luscious blend of berries and spice, with a nice dry finish. If you prefer red, I recommend a light to medium bodied Pinot Noir. The fruit-forward earthiness and spicy notes will complement your food, without overwhelming it. New York’s Silver Thread Vineyard produces a velvety Pinot Noir, rich with black cherry and plum, that stands up against the tartness of cranberries and chutneys.
Dessert: Room for dessert? It’s always a treat to cap off your holiday meal with a touch of sweet wine. While you savor slices of pumpkin and sweet potato pies, sip on a Port-style dessert wine like Coates Red Cap Late Harvest Zinfandel. Or try bright, fizzy Vittorio Bera Moscato di’Asti for a lighter finish.
The most important thing to remember about pairing is to keep it simple. Selecting wine should be enjoyable, not stressful, so have fun making your selections. Cheers to a happy, healthy holiday!
As featured on Clean Plates.
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