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Champagne for Dinner: The Ultimate Everyday Food-Pairing Wine

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Grab a bottle of champagne and join wine writers Kevin Day & Zachary Sussman on Zoom as they explore why these bubbles belong at the table.

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Champagne is perhaps the most famous wine of all: Champions spray it when they win the title. Brides and grooms toast with it after their nuptials. Wannabes order it to look like big spenders. But could it be that — all this time — champagne’s greatest purpose was to pair it with food?

In this virtual wine tasting and snob-free seminar, wine writers Kevin Day and Zachary Sussman will provide some context on the greatest bubbly drink known to humankind: how did it come to be? What’s the Champagne region in France even like? Which producers are noteworthy and why? And most importantly: which surprising food pairings do you need to know about?

Like all of our virtual tastings, the presentation will be filled with high-quality imagery, maps and in-depth insights. Kevin is also a professional photographer, and Zachary wrote the book on bubbly — his latest, Sparkling Wine for Modern Times, will debut in November 2021.

Participants are invited to bring a bottle (or two or three) to the session, as well as a bag of potato chips (really) and a choose-your-own-adventure assortment of noshes from a menu of magnifique food pairings that Kevin and Zachary will provide in advance. Entrance to this tasting includes an exclusive “Study Guide to Champagne” — written by Kevin and Zachary — to help you with your shopping.

Proceeds from ticket sales help support Opening a Bottle Magazine’s independent wine coverage of Europe on openingabottle.com. Subscribers to the site can access the tasting with their paid subscription via the site. Learn how you can attend any of these — plus get access to in-depth wine reviews and stories — for just $89/year.

A good bottle of Champagne can be had for around $35, so prepare to include that in your budget as well. If you’d like to take part in a comparative tasting, increase that budget to at least $70.

Note: Only 12 tickets are available to the general public for this event. One ticket is good for a single log-in (so no need to buy two tickets if you are a couple). Multiple parties are expected to buy a ticket per party logging in. Access to all Opening a Bottle virtual tastings is included with a paid subscription to the site ($89/year).


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About Your Instructors

Kevin Day

Kevin Day is a wine writer and photographer and the founder of the wine magazine, Opening a Bottle. He is both an Italian Wine Scholar™ with Highest Honors as well as a French Wine Scholar™ with Highest Honors, as certified by the Wine Scholar Guild — of which he is a member.

In 2019, Kevin was shortlisted as the “Emerging Wine Writer of the Year” by the Louis Roederer Wine Writers’ Awards. He has also been twice nominated for the Millesima Blog Awards in the Wine Reporter category. Opening a Bottle was also nominated for “Best Individual Blog” by the International Association of Culinary Professionals in 2019. He is an accomplished photographer with images licensed through PhotoShelter.

Kevin is a regular contributor to SevenFifty Daily, an online magazine for professionals in the beverage-alcohol industry. He has hosted numerous virtual wine tastings as a wine educator, and he occasionally consults on private collections. He is based in Denver, Colorado.

Zachary Sussman

Zachary Sussman is a Brooklyn-based wine writer, educator, and consultant whose work has appeared in Saveur, Food & Wine, Wine & Spirits, The World of Fine Wine, and The Wall Street Journal Magazine, among many others. He is a regular contributor to PUNCH and was formerly named the Champagne Louis Roederer Emerging Wine Writer of the Year.

Zachary is the author of two books, The Essential Wine Book: A Modern Guide to the Changing World of Wine (Ten Speed Press, 2020) and Sparkling Wine for Modern Times (forthcoming November 2021, Ten Speed Press; pre-order today!).

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