Celebrating Global Champagne Day with Henri’s Reserve

Did you know that the last Friday in October is a global holiday!? The last Friday in October is Champagne Day.

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Last Friday I got to enjoy several champagnes courtesy of Henri’s Reserve at the Southport Galleries in Southport CT.
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When Ruth invited me to enjoy a champagne tasting, I just couldn’t say no. I really enjoy champagne!
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Some fun facts I learned from Ruth about champagne is that champagne is only made in Champagne France. It can only be made from 3 grapes; pinot noir, pinot meunier, chardonnay.

The champagnes:

First we tried the 3 Blancs de Blancs which are 100% chardonnay. I love that Ruth also suggested what food best pairs with the champagne. For these she said an exquisite aperitif or with Parmesan, oysters, fried chicken.
We tried:
Guiborat Fils, Grand Cru
Jacques Lassaigne, Le Vignes de Montguex
Guiborat Fils, 2006, Grand Cru this was my favorite of the evening!

We tried a Rose which pairs well with anything pink; salmon, filet, berries or Ruth also suggest to have it with Thanksgiving dinner. The champagne we sampled was 80% pinot noit 20% chardonnay.
H.Billiot, Grand Cru– I really enjoyed this one as well.

Next we tried 3 Brut. Brut pairs well with caviar, rich creamy cheese, Chinese takeout, sushi, curries and popcorn with truffle butter.
Egly- Ouriet, Gran Cru was my favorite of the lot. This one is 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay.
H.Blin- is 80% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay. This one would have been better if it were much colder.
Last of the brut was J. Blin, Millesime 2002. This one was 40% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay. I didn’t particularly care for this one.

Lastly we tried a Blanc de Noirs this is 100% Pinot Noir and pais perfectly with eggs benedict, anything smoked or grilled.
We sampled the Jean Laurent, which I enjoyed.

My knowledge about champagne and wine goes as far as this tasted good, this did not. For a more educated post on the champagnes of the evening you can see Anatoli’s post.

Along with champagne we samples some delicious cheese from the Fairfield Cheese company and bread from Wave Hill bread.
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We also got to taste some sweet treats from Sweet & Simple. I had a great time chatting with Carrie, a friend of the owner.
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The brownies were delicious, crunchy on the outside, soft and gooey on the inside.

Guests also got to sample Le Rouge by Aarti chocolates.
We got to try dark chocolate with lentil filling, which was surprisingly really good!
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Dark chocolate with chocolate Irish cream which was my favorite
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Dark chocolate with apple spice which was also really good!
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I had a blast champagne tasting and can’t thank Ruth enough for inviting me to such a fun event.

Have you ever been champagne tasting?

Do you like champagne?

If you could only chose one which would you choose, cocktail, champagne, beer or wine?
I think I would chose cocktails.

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  • i am so so so bummed i couldn’t go to this. it looks absolutely incredible. i actually love one of barcelona’s cheapest champagne offerings which is a blanc de blanc and is only $7.50/glass. it’s quite good and i had a free pour on saturday night there πŸ˜‰ i’m very intrigued by the one that is 100% pinot noir! i’d definitely like to try it some day. i kinda laughed at the fact that one of the pairings for 3 brut is popcorn with truffle butter, as if that is something i’m always eating πŸ˜› ah yes just my casual movie snack of popcorn and truffle butter!
    i love dessert with champagne soooo much but that cheese takes the cake (or the cracker) for me.
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    • I wish you could have come as well!! Haha the lady who put the whole thing together typed up the list and she was like I must admit its a huge guilty pleasure of mine. A few of my girlfriends have a strong love of truffle butter and I wouldn’t be surprised if they did put it on their popcorn haha!

  • Just stumbled across your blog, and since we have a mutual love for champagne, it was meant to be. Totally didn’t know about National Champagne day but I made up for it by having Moet on Saturday, so I think that counts…ish. Love the lentil/dark choc pairing — sounds totally interesting enough to be delicious.

    • So glad you found my blog! I think you made up for missing the actual day! It was surprisingly delicious, it was a combination I would have never thought to put together so I am glad someone else did!