Welcome Fall! Cooler temperatures, colorful leaves…let’s toast this beautiful season with champagne! Pumpkin can be a bit overdone this time of year (just ask any coffee shop barista about pumpkin lattes!) but champagne is perfect for any occasion, any season.
Fluteau 2006 Cuvée Symbiose Champagne
Champagne Fluteau, founded in 1935, is a family owned winery located in the southern part of the Champagne growing region of France. The grapes are all hand harvested and sorted to ensure that the grapes arrive at the press in pristine condition. Artisan crafted grower champagne. Crisp with apple and lemon notes. Lovely pairing with seafood. Lots of lovely little bubbles dancing in the flute. $50 range.
White pumpkins are my favorite…I love creating tablescapes with white pumpkins.
Voirin-Jumel Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru Champagne
100 % chardonnay. Small producer located in Cramant, France. Lovely pairing with oysters. $40 range. Light lemon notes.
Truly a very special treat…one of my favorite champagnes… 1998 Cuveé R. Lalou Champagne Cuveé Prestige. Lemon, crushed granite, honey, toast – and nice finish. Beautiful radiant gold with effervescent bubbles.
René Lalou was the Chairman of the prestigious Champagne house of G.H. Mumm during the 20th century. In tribute to him, a special cuvée bearing his name was produced from 1966 to 1985. Luckily for us, in 2007, G.H.MUMM decided to revive this legendary cuvée. The Cellar Master devised a champagne de terroir bred from the best of the House vineyards and named it R. Lalou. $200 range.
Champagne…if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector. It encourages a man to be expansive, even reckless, while lie detectors are only a challenge to tell lies successfully. ~ Graham Greene
Sometimes I enjoy mixing a cocktail without all the fuss of sourcing and measuring the ingredients, so I was happy to find Cocktail Crate Craft Mixers at Fresh Market…”Born in Queens, NYC”. Bubblybee chose “Ginger Bee”, mixed it with vodka, served it in a frozen “Copper Mule Mug” with lots and lots of fresh lime. Rich honey sweetness, fresh ginger and subtle clove. Just add one part spirit to one part mixer in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake, shake, shake!
I served Dewey’s Sharp Aged Cheddar Crackers with my cocktail. Delicious crisp little crackers that disappeared quickly! A southern favorite, Dewey’s Crackers are also available in these flavors Low Country Boil, Chipotle Cheddar Cornbread, and Carolina Style Barbeque.
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