San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Join us on November 7th 2012 at 7 pm to experience true creativity and the magic of the magnum bubbles in our exclusive Pop Up tasting of Growers Champagne and Premium Sparkling Wine poured from Magnum in the hip PayneShurvell Art Gallery in London.
Magnum means "large" in Latin, and in wine it refers to the 1,5l bottle size. It is a well known fact among wine experts that wine bottled in magnum ages better and develops complexities not possible in a regular bottle size. This is particularly significant for ¨Méthode Traditionelle¨ Sparkling Wines, such as Champagne, as Magnum is optimum size for the second fermentation in the bottle. However as this format requires a lot more manual handling and it is rare, and always more exclusive and exquisite than the ordinary 75cl bottle.
The 7 wines we have picked for this tasting all stand out by their individuality and expression of their unique terroir and winemaking. We will pour 4 Grower's Champagnes from the following producers: Champagne Tarlant (Valee de la Marne), Champagne Boulard (Montagne de Reims), Champagne Piollot (Cote des Bars) and Champagne Philippe Gonet (Cote des Blancs), 2 premium Cava (Gramona Imperial, Recaredo Brut Nature) and 1 Franciacorta (Il Mosnel Rose Pas Dose Parose)) and 1 English Sparkling (Ridgeview Blanc de Blancs) Sparkling from Magnum focussing for each wine on the purity of their specific terroir. We will bring soil samples to illustrate the differences and we have partnered with the professional make up Paula Valenciartist who will work with these soil samples to create another expression of the wines and the terroir at the tasting.
All the wines are available for purchase in the UK - but often not in Magnum format - and we aim to provide details of where you can stock up on them.
We have chosen the wines in function of their unique character, their approachability and the ability to pair well with food. Each wine has a story to tell and we believe this tasting will allow you to discover a different dimension in sparkling wine especially when poured from Magnum and paired with our tantalizing food selection of oysters, Iberian Bellota ham, foie gras, parmigiano reggiano, and other especially well matched appetisers.
© Hannah Brown, Columbjohn, 2012 courtesy PayneShurvell gallery
This one of a kind tasting will take place in the trendy and buzzy Hoxton neighbourhood in central London in the hip PayneShurvell Art Gallery. The background for the tasting Hannah Brown: The Unseen Landscape exhibition. Time Out Magazine describes the exhibition as "Modestly scaled paintings that capture perfectly the stillness and often brooding nature of the English landscape." We feel that these landscape pictures are another expression of terroir and that they add value to our tasting by setting the perfect backdrop.
This exclusive tasting experience will be hosted by two naturally entertaining wine educators. Onneca and Caroline are both certified sommeliers, writers and wine consultants obsessed by sparkling wines and terroir. Caroline Henry is specializing in grower's Champagne and lives and works in Hautvillers, Champagne. Onneca Guelbenzu worked for several years in Penedes, the heart of the Cava district and lives and works in Switzerland.
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Tasting is limited to 20 people
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We are two sommeliers specialized in Sparkling terroir wines. Caroline at MissinWine lives and works in Champagne where has been focussing on outstanding grower's Champagnes. Onneca from Viva le Vin worked with one of the most internationally recognized Cava cellars of Sant Sadurní d´Anoia for several years and now lives and works in Switzerland promoting Wine Culture from Terroirific Wine Bar.