rolling in the ruinart

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Everyone is over winter. OVER. But there’s nothing like an awesome all-Champagne dinner to brighten your cold and slushy night.

IMG_8998Marika Vida-Arnold, the wine director at the Ritz’s Auden Bistro, puts together Phenomenal Femmes wine dinners throughout the year to showcase wines made by women. At yet another fantastic one last week, I had dinner with Maison Ruinart winemaker Amélie Chatin and 6 of her incredible Champagnes.

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Over many many many bubbles, I learned a few amazing things:

1 sometimes I like blanc de blancs

FullSizeRender-3Champagne is traditionally made with one white grape (Chardonnay) and two red grapes (Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier). When only Chardonnay is used, they call it blanc de blancs (“white of whites”). Most people go crazy for it, but I’m in a very small minority who always likes a blanc de noirs instead. I really liked the Ruinart blanc de blancs though – and luckily, because we had…

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