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Champagne

Champagne is without question the finest sparkling wine made in the world. Champagne is the name of the wine region located about 90 miles northeast of Paris.

Champagne can contain up to three different grapes: Chardonnay, and the red grapes Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Vintage Champagnes are only produced in the very best years; they are always more expensive than non-vintage Champagnes, but they are not always better tasting. Most Champagnes are the supreme expression of the Champagne blender's art, assembled from numerous vintages, multiple grape types and various selected vineyards within the Champagne district, then carefully hand made and fermented in the bottle. By making these blends, the Champagne winemakers are able to create a consistent ''house'' style and, indeed, each Champagne producer has its own distinct style.

Finally, there are several important terms you will encounter on a Champagne label that tell you much about the contents. From dry to sweet, Champagnes are labeled Brut Absolut, Brut, Extra-Dry, Sec, Demi-Sec and Doux. Blanc de Blanc Champagne bottlings are made entirely from Chardonnay grapes and tend to be lighter and more delicate in style. Blanc de Noirs Champagnes are made from red grapes and tend to be fuller bodied and richer tasting; Rose Champagnes are dark pink in color and frequently intensely flavored.

Champagne Wine Tip:

In Champagne, the name and reputation of the producer tells you more about the wine than any other single factor. Champagnes combine the complexities of fine grapes grown in some of the best vineyards in France with the intricate subtleties of yeast and sometimes even oak elements plus the experience of tongue-tickling delight from pinpoint bubbles and effervescence to create one of the most sensual taste experiences in the world!

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Forbes

New Wine and Spirits Releases This Fall
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Chron.com

Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits buys distribution facility in Katy
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Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits, the largest wine and spirits distribution company in North America, has purchased warehouse space in Katy. The roughly 676,000-square-foot facility is expected to be operating by late summer 2019.


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Big Sip Festival to include beer, wine, spirits and coffee Nov. 11
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Pernod Ricard Renews Distribution Agreement with Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits
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The San Luis Obispo Tribune

2 of the world's best wines come from Paso Robles, magazine says
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Two of the best wines in the world come from Paso Robles, according to Wine & Spirits magazine. The magazine recently released its list of the Top 100 Wines of 2018, featuring valued vintages from Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, South America ...


Pernod Reports Strong First Quarter, Renews With SGWS In 35 States
Shanken News Daily
Pernod has also solidified its distribution agreements in the U.S., renewing its 11-state deal with Republic National Distributing Company earlier this month and, today, announcing that it will extend its 35-state contract with Southern Glazer's Wine ...

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Forbes

Wine And Spirits Wholesalers Find It Hard To Glean Market Trends
Forbes
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Forbes

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