Made from a chardonnay and chenin blanc dominated blend, the non-vintage
Cuvee Royale Brut Cremant de Limoux is an excellent
But a group of experts recorking the two bottles tasted earlier this month found some were Veuve Clicquot non-vintage
from the 1830s.
The restaurant offers two sparklers by the glass, priced from $7 to $8, and seven bottles, ranging in price from $28 for a Spanish cava to $75 for a non-vintage
Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne.
But the hotel's extensive list includes non-vintage
Krug at pounds 220, while 1999 vintage Cristal costs an eye-watering pounds 375 a bottle.
Of the "household name" champagnes, Moet & Chandon Imperial, Louis Roederer's Brut Premier NV (non-vintage
), and the Nicolas Feuillate Rose, also non-vintage
, are all delightful, easy-to-drink champagnes, that complement every kind of food, from souffles to risottos, and run in price from the mid-$30s to around $60.
The wine list features Spanish wines, of course, from the bargain-priced and nose-tickling Cristalino brut, a non-vintage
cava, to the equally well-priced Torre La Moreira 2005 Albarino, both well matched with ceviche and other light dishes.
Armed with this, you can tell your non-vintage
from your Prestige Cuvee - and know what and what not to pay
The choice of which champagne quality level--basic non-vintage
brut, vintage champagne, or prestige cuvee--depends very much on the customer's budget.
5% ABV), a non-vintage
California White Zinfandel ($5.
Brandy Peak Distillery of Brookings won Best of Class-Fortified and Brandy for its non-vintage
The year inscribed on a bottle's label identifies the year of the harvest, while other markings classify the champagne by age, Non-Vintage
of NV champagne (made with grapes from various harvests) is aged for at least year, Vintage champagne (made with grapes from a sole harvest and bottled that same year) is aged for three or more years, and Prestige Cuvee champagne (made with the very best grapes) is aged for five or more years.
Best of Show--Dessert" wine was awarded to Barwang Winery's Non-Vintage
Australian Muscat, Riverina, New South Wales.