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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:
The Champagne Campaign
Date: Monday, November 4th – Friday, November 8th (nightly, 10pm – close)
Location: Corkbuzz Wine Studio
Throughout New York Champagne Week, cap off your night at Corkbuzz Wine Studio with 50% off ALL bottles of Champagne? EVERY night? YES!
Champagne Cocktail Competition
Date: Tuesday, November 5th (6pm – 9pm)
Location: Experimental Cocktail Club
Showcasing the diversity and approachability of Champagne. Come see ten of the city’s best bartenders mix up Billecart-Salmon Champagne cocktails with a variety of spirits including Hendricks Gin, Milagro Tequila, Montelobos Mezcal, Reyka Vodka, Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Plantation Rum, Pierre Ferrand Cognac, and many more!
Bubbly Bourbon Libations
Date: Wednesday, November 6th (6pm – 8pm)
Location: Evelyn Drinkery
Following the Boutique Champagne Tasting, add a little spirit to your step and head to the East Village for the official after-party Happy Hour at Evelyn Drinkery. This event will feature Hudson Baby Bourbon in a Classic Champagne Cocktail!
Piper Heidsieck Champagne Pairing Dinner
Date: Thursday, November 7th (8pm – 10pm)
Location: Trattoria Il Mulino Gramercy
An exclusive four-course meal designed by chef Michael Mazza to pair with four Champagnes from the beautiful Piper Heidsieck portfolio. Accompanying each course, revelers will savor Piper Brut, Piper Rose Sauvage, the elite Rare Millesime Brut and the coveted, newly released Piper Vintage 2006. The ever-so elegant Piper Heidsieck Brand Ambassador, Estelle Ngo, will be on hand to guide guests through pairings. This dinner is limited to 25 guests and will take place in the downstairs private dining room.
Closing Champagne Week Bubbly Hour Reception featuring Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte
Date: Friday, November 8th (6pm – 8pm)
Location: The Pierre Hotel’s TwoEBar/Lounge
Conclude New York Champagne Week and your work day in high-style at the uptown, elegant Pierre Hotel. The posh TwoEBar/Lounge will offer guests a special sparkling menu featuring Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve and their delicious Rosé. Guests may also sip an assortment of sparkling cocktails concocted exclusively for Champagne Week.
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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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