Champagne / Sparkling Wine Tasting Notes
Taste in wine is incredibly personal. What one person simply adores, another might find too sickly sweet. A Champagne that one person thinks is perfect, another might fine bone dry and nasty. Be sure to taste for yourself what Champagnes you enjoy before you splurge on a special occasion bottle. You can do tastings with friends, or sample glasses at restaurants!
Top 5 Picks from Various Sources
If you're looking for quick-and-easy, here are a variety of Top 5 Champagne/Sparkling Wine picks from various sources.
A Tasting of 9 Champagne & Sparkling Wines - 2006
This tasting included two Jacob's Creek, Chandon, Sofia, Franco Lucien, Roederer, Perrier-Jouet, Louis Roederer and Veuve Cliquot.
A Tasting of 5 Sparkling Wines - 2006
This tasting included Mionetto Prosecco, Sergio Mionetto, Roederer Estate, Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc and Gruet Brut Rose.
Piper Heidsieck vs Charles Heidsieck - 2005
This comparison explained how the 5 different Champagnes differed from each other.
A Tasting of 6 French Champagnes - 2005
This tasting included Pol Roget, Duetz, Gosset, Bellefon, Bellefon Rose and Nicholas Feulette Rose.
A Tasting of 7 Sparkling Wines - 2005
This tasting included Codorniu, Cristalino, Gloria Ferrer, Mumm Brut Prestige, Taittinger Domaine Carneros, Roderer, and S. Anderson.
A Tasting of 7 Champagne & Sparkling Wines - 2003
This tasting included Perrier Jouet Grand Brut, Greg Norman Estates, Chandon CA, Pol Roget, Duval Leroy, Louis Roederer, and a 1996 Moet & Chandon.
A Tasting of 6 Champagne & Sparkling Wines - 2002
This tasting included '95 Veuve Cliquot, '95 Moet & Chandon, Pol Roger, and a few others. This tasting included many appetizers and desserts.
A Tasting of 8 Champagne & Sparkling Wines - 2001
This tasting included Pol Roger, Beaumont, Perrier Jouet, Mumm Cuvee Napa, Greg Norman, Pommery Pop, and a few others. We did a full meal at this tasting, complete with appetizers, food and desserts.
A Tasting of 3 Champagne & Sparkling Wines - 2000
This tasting included Nicholas Fuilette Rose, Mumm Carte Classique, and Westport Rivers.
Champagne Course Tasting with Ian White - 2000
At this course we tasted a series of Champagnes and sparkling wine, starting with Andre and Freixenet, and going through Mumm and Moet et Chandon and others right up to Dom Perignon.
Champagne Course Tasting with Ian White - 1999
Like the course the following year, the tasting began with Andre and Freixenet, and going through Mumm and Moet et Chandon and Pommery and others right up to Dom Perignon.
A Tasting of 6 Champagne & Sparkling Wines - 1999
This tasting included Krug, Roederer, Joseph Perrier, Piper-Heidsieck, Westport Rivers, and Moet et Chandon.
A Tasting of 8 Champagne & Sparkling Wines
Gloria Ferrer, Westport Rivers, Domaine Carneros, Willamette Valley, and a few others.
The Basics of Champagne
Methode Champenoise - How Champagne is Made