The rise in popularity of green, or sustainably made wine, has created new terminology -organic, organic grape, biodynamic, sustainable farming, natural/raw/minimal intervention/no addition – unique to wine grape growing (viticulture) and wine making (viniculture) practices. This class is aimed at clarifying each distinct method by taking you through the varietals, terroir and the rigorous process/guidelines each method follows in order to produce its categorized wine.
Drive too quickly down Danbury Road and you’ll miss Bistro 7, a casual and unassuming eatery serving seasonal fare and craft cocktails. Local, organic sourcing is a priority for owner Breno Donatti, so much so that the staff uniform is a black t-shirt emblazoned with “Your Local Farmers Present: Locally Sourced Comfort Food”.
Allô Alsace! When Americans think about French wine, Bordeaux comes to most minds. For others, it’s Burgundy. And, of course, nothing could be more French than Champagne. It seems like the cool, northeasterly region nestled between the Vosges Mountains and Germany known as Alsace is oft overlooked. But Alsace has exceptional wines, especially if you’re a lover of whites, and deserves its due attention.
Sparkling wine is appropriate any time of the year, but it’s especially welcome during celebrations and holidays. Besides being festive, sparkling wines are made using grapes with high acidity. This acid, as well as the bubbles, helps these wines cut through a myriad of holiday foods, including those with higher salt and/or fat contents, making them excellent mates for varied holiday hors d’oeuvres.
The perfect glass of Champagne starts with selecting a boutique, single-vineyard Champagne from a sustainable, family-owned estate. Henri’s Reserve expertly curates Champagnes that reflect the terroir of France’s finest private vineyards, the artistry of the winemakers and the legacies of the families behind them. The uniqueness and outstanding quality of these “boutique” Champagnes -both grown and made on organic and biodynamic estates – have made them the darlings of sommeliers and the world’s toughest wine critics.
Knipschildt Chocolatier, CT Magazine’s Best of CT for chocolate, and the Wine Institute of New England (WINE), CT Magazine’s Best of CT for wine appreciatio join forces to bring you a tasting of the best of the artisan chocolate and local wine worlds. The gustatory journey begins with chocolate-infused hors d’oeuvres and sparkling wine, followed by a guided pairing of Connecticut wines and Knipschildt’s artisan chocolates.