If there is one thing we have all learned to expect this year, it is the unexpected. Even so, here we are, right on time with our annual Champagne sale—and, boy, is Champagne in order! In case you’re feeling a little humbuggish, convinced there is nothing to celebrate, I asked our three Champagne producers why it’s always appropriate to pop a cork. Charles Fourny, a suave ambassador of his family’s wine and fervent believer in the revitalizing powers of Champagne, said, “Any weekend with Champagne is a successful one. It is the nectar of exceptional moments just as it is a remedy for life’s trials.” Case in point: Stéphanie Ducloux from Champagne Paul Bara recounted a near-miss on the autoroute when a semi almostmerged into her car, leaving a long scratch, but no further harm. “As soon as I walked in the door, I said to my husband, ‘Let’s open a nice bottle because I’m a survivor!’ ” Surviving life’s trials, voilà—a good reason to celebrate. You can do it with style à la Angéline Templier, granddaughter of Jules and Olga Lassalle, who shared her “everyday improvement” to her Italian grandmother’s risotto recipe: Cuvée Angéline! Used as the base to render the rice transparent, it becomes a good excuse to share a glass or three of Champagne as you stir. “The risotto is perfectly cooked when the bottle is empty,” advised Angéline. There you have it, the joie de vivre à la Champenoise: when life throws lemons, drink Champagne. Stock up now!
It’s that time of year! We have begun to receive the latest vintage of rosés from our producers in France and Italy and will update this page as more arrive in Berkeley. Check back here regularly for your favorite rosés!
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