Champagne Taittinger portfolio
When you are smack dead in the middle of the autumn season, do you ever think ahead to say, Valentine’s Day? You may not, but for the house of Champagne Taittinger and a few select members of the media in NYC, Valentine’s Day came early this year. To preview their full portfolio of sparkling wines and food & dessert pairings, Champagne Taittinger held a special press day devoted to love in a gorgeous TriBeCa loft entitled “Uncage My Heart”.
Guided champagne tasting
Hosted by Vitalie Taittinger, Global Ambassador and Artistic Director of Champagne Taittinger (one of the last family-owned & operated Grand Marque Champagne houses in France), the event served as a platform for both friends and lovers to celebrate Valentine’s Day. It was broken up into three segments, the “bubble bash” which featured entertaining ideas for a group of friends, the “first date”, and “lasting love” for those that have been in a relationship for a number of years.
I started off my time with a guided tasting of the Taittinger sparkling wine portfolio, held by Vitalie Taittinger and sommelier Heidi Turzyn of Gotham Bar and Grill. We tasted five wines, starting with Taittinger Brut La Française, the house’s most popular champagne, and ending with Comtes de Champagne Rosé 2005, the house’s most exclusive blend. It was really great to hear insight from these two women regarding the characteristics of each wine, their age, and the general demographic for each variety.
Once out of my session, I was welcomed into the gorgeous dining room area you see in the photo above to try out some desserts. Each section of the table was labeled with the name of the treat on the plate, and paired with Comtes de Champagne Rosé. It was here that I really grew a liking to this particular rosé. Do I have expensive taste? Possibly.
Dinner & hors d’oeuvres pairings
The food of the evening was prepared by Chef Camille Becerra of Navy in SoHo. We were treated to a smorgasbord of delectable small bites, including liver mouse with chocolate cocoa nibs, lettuce hearts with gentleman’s relish, spiced steak, and chocolate mousse.
I stood attentively for the chocolate mousse demo, and believe I am capable of making it on my own. Very helpful that all guests received a little guidebook with recipes included.
Listening to more on the champagne
Post dinner bites, we were treated to a tasting of Taittinger Prelude Grands Crus, a rare blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. The creaminess of this variety is perfect for post-dinner, and pairs well with dessert. The Taittinger team also suggests this bottle for a first date. Sure to impress!
I circled back to the “Bubble Bash” section to end my evening. This portion of the event was focused on gift-giving amongst friends (candles, games, etc) and an informal bar set-up and photo booth area to attract singles. It was here that I discovered my favorite champagne out of all, the Nocturne, seen being poured in the photo above.
Aside from the bottle looking like a gorgeous purple disco ball, the flavor was right up my alley; not to dry, not too sweet, with the perfect amount of bottles. I look forward to celebrating with a bottle of Nocturne soon. Will you be drinking Champagne Taittinger this coming Valentine’s Day?
*Photos courtesy of Champagne Taittinger/Creative Feed