to Nov 10

La Fête du Champagne, NYC

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Welcome to the fifth edition of La Fête du Champagne, to be held in New York City on November 8-10, 2018! The festivities kick off with our Déjeuner Champenois at Racines on Thursday the 8th, featuring Laurent Champs of Vilmart & Cie., Jean-Hervé Chiquet of Jacquesson, Quentin Paillard of Pierre Paillard and Charles Philipponnat of Philipponnat, who will each be pouring three vintages of a selected cuvée. That evening we welcome Rodolphe Péters of Pierre Péters to a dinner at Eleven Madison Park for a once-in-a-lifetime vertical tasting of Les Chêtillons, featuring 12 vintages of this storied wine, all served in magnums sent directly from the estate’s cellars.

On Friday the 9th, Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon of Louis Roederer will pour an array of champagnes both young and old at a special dinner at The Pool, showcasing the house’s extraordinary vineyard holdings. Also, Olivier Krug of Champagne Krug will be at The Beekman for a Krug x Vinyl event, pairing the house’s champagnes with music by a live DJ and small bites prepared by Chef Arnaud Lallement of L’Assiette Champenoise in Reims and Chef Tom Colicchio of Temple Court.

I’ll be hosting a seminar on Saturday the 10th with importer Terry Theise and wine writer Jon Bonné, talking about different terroirs of chardonnay in Champagne and pouring a selection of Blanc de Blancs from across the region. Daniel Johnnes will also be leading a seminar with four of NYC’s top sommeliers—Michael Engelmann, Sabra Lewis, John Burns Paterson and Hristo Zisovski—each of whom will choose a champagne to pair with a dish created by Chef Abram Bissell of The Modern.

La Fête du Champagne culminates with the Grand Tasting at Pier 60 on the waterfront, which features 34 of Champagne’s finest houses and grower estates, pouring over 125 different champagnes. As always, each of these producers is represented by a winemaker or principal figure, offering the chance to meet some of the region’s most notable personalities, and service is provided by a team made up of a number of the country’s top sommeliers. My book will also be available for purchase at the tasting, along with new books by our friends Terry Theise, Jon Bonné and Rajat Parr. That evening we host our Gala Dinner, where Chef Arnaud Lallement of L’Assiette Champenoise is joined by our chef d’honneur Daniel Boulud, James Knappett of Kitchen Table in London, Michael White of the Altamarea Group, and Philip DeMaiolo of Pier Sixty and the Lighthouse. In addition to enjoying the special bottles provided by all attending producers, guests are invited to bring bottles of Champagne from their own cellars to share throughout the room.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit our website.

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to Oct 21

Champagne Symposium with Domaine Wine Cellars, Taiwan

I’ll be hosting a series of Champagne seminars in Taiwan in partnership with Domaine Wine Cellars, beginning in Taichung on Friday, October 19th, and continuing in Taipei on Saturday the 20th and Kaohsiung on Sunday the 21st. We’ll also be featuring the wines of Savart at a special dinner in Taipei on the 20th, and showcasing Egly-Ouriet at a dinner in Kaohsiung on the 21st. For more details, please visit Domaine’s website.

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to Mar 12

Riga Wine & Champagne, Riga, Latvia

I'll be at Riga Wine & Champagne, where we'll have an action-packed calendar of events, including the annual Bubble Parade and a Gala Dinner with a number of Champenois winemakers, including Laurent Champs of Vilmart & Cie., Adrien Dhondt of Dhondt-Grellet, Christophe Constant of Paul Bara, and Frédéric Panaïotis of Ruinart. 

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11:30 AM11:30

Trade Seminar with the Wine Education Council, Los Angeles, CA

I'll be hosting a seminar for the wine trade, in partnership with the Wine Education Council. We'll be discussing the terroir of Champagne and other contemporary themes featured in my book, and illustrating these with a tasting of selected champagnes. Please note that this is for the wine trade only: for more information, and to reserve a seat, please contact the Wine Education Council here.

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7:00 PM19:00

Champagne Seminar at E&R Wine Shop, Portland, OR

A guided tasting exploring the terroirs of Champagne through the wines of some of the region's most progressive growers and houses. This will be a seated and ticketed event: for more info, and to reserve a seat, please call E&R Wine Shop at 503-246-6101.

Note: The seminar is now sold out, but I'll be at E&R from 5:00 to 6:30 signing books!

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6:30 PM18:30

Champagne Tasting & Book Signing at Terroir Tribeca, NYC

I'll be doing a guided tasting in the Cellar Room, discussing ideas of terroir in Champagne and seeing how these are manifested in a series of six highly site-specific wines. The cost of the tasting is $78, including snacks, and seats are limited: to reserve, please email Paul at Books will also be available for purchase at the event. (NOTE: The seminar is now sold out!)

In addition, I'll be at the bar for the rest of the evening, pouring champagne and signing books. Stop by even if you're not sitting down for the tasting!

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10:00 AM10:00

La Fête du Champagne, London, UK

We're proud to host our first-ever La Fête du Champagne in London! Join me, Daniel Johnnes and 29 of Champagne's finest producers for a Grand Tasting, educational seminars and a Gala Dinner featuring chefs Arnaud Lallement of L'Assiette Champenoise, James Knappet of Kitchen Table, Jonny Lake of The Fat Duck and Isaac McHale of The Clove Club. For more info, and to purchase tickets, please visit or call 212-625-2519.

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to Oct 29

Sherryfest, NYC

Sherryfest returns to NYC! We'll be hosting an exciting range of seminars, including biological aging with Antonio Flores of González Byass, vintage sherries with Paola Medina of Williams & Humbert, and single-vineyard sherries with Jaime Gil of Valdespino. We'll also feature several terrific sherry dinners, as well as a Grand Tasting of over 150 different sherries. For info, and to purchase tickets, please visit

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