Yoanna's Beauty Buzz: Champagne

Bottoms up! Champagne sets the mood as a great start to an intimate dinner or a perfect beginning to kick off a holiday gathering. Fashion model and style expert Yoanna House shows us its versatility and some stylish pairings:

Champagne is a versatile and complex sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region of France.

Champagne gets its unique bubbles because it undergoes a secondary fermentation process after bottling the wine -- a few grains of yeast and a small amount of sugar are added to the bottle to begin a second round of fermentation. The gas produced becomes trapped within the bottle and create the sparkling effect.

Over the past couple years, I have seen a big rise of champagne bars in cities like Chicago and New York. What I love about champagne is that whether you are at a gala, a soirée, or even going out with friends for dinner/ brunch.. it pretty much can be paired with almost any cuisine.

Recently I ventured to Bistro Aix and learned about the different types of Champagne.

I was so lucky to have a local Sommelier walk me through the various types of champagne and the possible food parings. Steve, the GM at Bistro Aix, gave me insight into the different types of Champagne and what these types mean. I sourced his help because, like so many of us, it gets confusing walking into a store wanting to pick up a bottle of “Champs” to impress someone with a gift. Often I feel intimidated not knowing the right one to get or thinking that spending a hefty amount will deliver? Of course there are premium brands that we know of but I also wanted one that won't break the bank.

The typical types of champagne and what they signify:

BRUT -- Brut is the driest type of champagne and the most popular. Probably my favorite; perfect for almost any meal -- definitely stay away from any sort of acidic foods like tomato sauces but a Brut is great with seafood and cheeses.

EXTRA DRY -- Then you have extra dry.. not as dry as a Brut. However, terrific for any meal or for a cheeseboard

DEMI SEC -- The sweetest champagne. It's sweet but not super sweet; with just a touch of sweetness. Demi Sec goes great with desserts or fruit too.

Rose, otherwise known as a pink bubbly, has an extra dose of fruitiness. Often Rose has a splash of red wine in it or it has been blended with red grapes and that's what gets the color and its taste.

Here are some great options through my discoveries and shopping trip at www.WORLDMARKET.com

Steve gave me a list to simplifying the art of buying a decent bottle of Champagne and some pairings based on our taste and budgets?

Let's go over the ones that the Sommelier listed for me and what I found:

As far as Prosecco one that you can find for 20 bucks or less is delicious LAMARCA available in small and large bottles. Delicious and with a delightful note of fruit.

As far as a terrific Brut and my favorite BRUT-GH MUMM

Le Grand Courtage ROSE 

PREMIUM -- definitely a Moët & Chandon or Veuve Clicquot

I also found the most darling accents for a gathering of course using a flute and a little champagne decor like these little cheese markers..

I also am big on building a cheese board  Cheese Board  this particular Cheese board can be separated and moved around.

Thank you to Toni Smailagic (Follow him @TONISMAILAGIC on Instagram) for taking these pictures during the Champagne Introduction with Steve at Bistro Aix.

Forking Amazing Restaurants Announces Global Champagne Day Specials
Restaurant group will offer curated selections by the glass and bottle, October 17-23

October 14, 2016 - Jacksonville, Florida - Forking Amazing Restaurants will host a weeklong celebration of Global Champagne Day, recognized annually on October 21.

The restaurant group’s celebration kicks off on October 17 and runs through October 23, with special pricing and Champagne pairings available all week long at its three Jacksonville restaurants (Ovinté, Il Desco and Bistro Aix). All three restaurants recently received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

“We are excited to share our love of Champagne with our customers,” said Matt Mannick, president of Forking Amazing Restaurants. “We couldn’t limit the celebration to just one day, so we’re celebrating all week long. Our award-winning restaurants offer some of the best Champagne selections you’ll find in town.”

Weeklong specials by the bottle and the glass will include:

Ovinté
● Château de Bligny Grand Reserve Rosé Brut: $14 per glass or $70 per bottle
● Perrier Jouet Grand Brut: $15 per glass or $73 per bottle
● Piper Heidsieck Cuvee Sublime: $85 per bottle

Il Desco
● Leon Launois Brut: $10 per glass or $50 per bottle
● Château de Bligny Grand Reserve Rosé Brut: $14 per glass or $70 per bottle
● Taittinger Brut la Francaise: $85 per bottle

Bistro Aix
● Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut Reserve: $10 glass or $49 bottle
● Canard - Duchene "Cuvee Leonie" Brut Rose: $14 per glass or $70 per bottle
● Perrier Jouet Grand Brut: $54 per half bottle

For more information about Global Champagne Day, visit www.champagneday.fr


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