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Mondiale Fourth Friday Sparkling Wine Event

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Mondiale Fourth Friday Sparkling Wine Event

December 23 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC-6

Join the Denver Mile High Bailliage for December’s Fourth Friday Tasting Quest of Celebratory Sparkling Wine!

When:

Friday, December 23, 2022

7:00pm-10:00pm MST

Where:

Lois Paul’s Home

7842 E Bucknell Pl

Denver, CO 80231

What a perfect way to spend a Friday evening before we ring in the New Year. We wanted to do a special, holiday season edition of Fourth Friday this month for we have much to celebrate as this year comes to a close. Hence, this will be an “informal” quest with no judging. Lois will be hosting this month’s event at her home.

Theme:

Bring your celebration-worthy bottle of sparkling wine whether that be a vintaged bottle, grower Champagne, unique/rare find, etc.

How it works:

Each guest will bring a bottle of the named-theme wine and a food pairing (food will be on a side table and not necessarily tasted with your wine). We will open all bottles and guests will be able to pour 1 oz. tastings of whichever wine interests them. The goal is to keep everything approachable, learn something new, and have fun!

New and fun things for this event:
– Around 8pm, Robby (Denver’s bailli, but also Certified Sommelier, French Wine Scholar, and Certified Specialist of Wine) will give a 5-10 minute educational talk about Sparkling Wines.
– We will have a “master list” so everyone can write down notes about their bottle (name/producer, vintage or non-vintage, country/region, grape variety, sweetness, other interesting notes). This will be a helpful cheatsheet when tasting through all of the bottles. You can update the spreadsheet ahead of time, or fill it in when you arrive.
– Let’s finish out this year with a bang. Christiann and Robby will bring their champagne saber to demonstrate and train anyone who wants to try their hand at sabering their bottle (at your own risk).

About Those Bubbles
It’s hard not to conjure up romantic imagery as we have Dean Martin’s “Baby It’s Cold Outside” or classic holiday station playing as we are making a roast or spend time baking cookies or other holiday tradition. These holiday traditions bring us together and inspire us to create. Bubbles signify celebration, family, and tradition. The mysticism and science behind the perfect glass of bubbles is complex but yet simple.

Champagne is a sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wines come from the Champagne region of France. Most sparkling wines made in the tradition of Champagne have “Méthode Champenoise” on the label. It’s your clue the traditional method was used to attain those tiny bubbles.

The two most common sparkling winemaking methods are the “traditional” and “charmat” or “tank” method. Sparkling wine is carbonated via secondary fermentation while still wine only goes through one fermentation. The Traditional Method (Méthode Champenoise) is used in Champagne, Cava, Franciacorta, certain New World sparklings, and even some Prosecco. For the Traditional Method, the second fermentation takes place in a bottle in order to achieve a higher yeast to liquid ratio. After the second fermentation is complete, “lees” (dead yeast cells) release chemical compounds. There is then extended contact with lees to help preserve the wine’s freshness and release more flavors. You’ll notice flavors of biscuit, toast, brioche, or pastry due to the additional yeast exposure. 

While there are dozens of varieties used to make bubbly, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are among the best suited and are used in Champagne and other prestigious sparkling wines. You’ll also encounter different styles of sparkling wine, which outline the grapes used and the method type. If you see Blanc de Blancs, that sparkling wine made from white-skinned grapes. Blanc de Noirs are made from red-skinned grapes. As for sparkling Rosé, there are two variations. Rosé sparkling wine is produced by mixing some red wine in before the second fermentation. Rosé saignée is made from red-skinned grapes bleeding off into the white wine, turning the wine a pink color before fermentation.

In addition to the region where it was made, sparkling wine is classified based on sweetness. Some prefer sweeter sparkling wines, while others only drink those on the drier side. Pay attention to the level of sweetness (often indicated on the bottle) to ensure a satisfying sipping experience.

In selecting a wine for this event, please select a quality/higher-end bottle (i.e. leave mimosa-mixers at home).
This event is open to Mondiale members, guests of Mondiale members, and prospective members. Please RSVP by Wednesday, Dec. 21.

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Details

Date:
December 23
Time:
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC-6
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Venue

Lois Paul’s Home
7842 E Bucknell Pl
Denver, Colorado 80231
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