I was completely taken by surprise to learn today was #WorldChampagneDay this morning. I’ve been so busy with a new job in the city that wine events have fallen off my radar.
On a whim tonight on the way home, I stopped into Diablo Foods in Lafayette for dinner. The store has historically had a great wine selection, and the chilled wines, sparkling and still, was no exception. I grabbed a 375 ml. of the Piper-Heidsieck Brut to explore after my meal.
According to Tom Stevenson’s Christie’s World Encyclopedia Of Champagne & Sparkling Wine, the champagne house of Piper-Heidsieck is located in the Champagne region of France. Established in Reims by Florens-Louis Heidsieck in the summer of 1785, the house combined the name with Piper in 1839. Piper-Heidsieck was enfolded into the Remy Cointreau group in the late 1980’s.
The Brut is made in the traditional way with pinot noir and chardonnay and, interestingly, none of the fruit is grown on site, and sourced throughout the Champagne region.
I’ve gotten almost completely over a recent cold, and while the aroma wasn’t strong for me, the flavors were exquisite. I perceived a light floral nose, perhaps honeysuckle? The taste was light, and citrus, with an abundance of enjoyable acidity.
I love champagne, and actually became a huge fan both from drinking and living vicariously through many of my wine blogger friends’ posts. What has also caught my attention is David Glancy’s Champagne course over at the San Francisco Wine School that is part of the French Wine Scholar program. Now that I’ve returned to my previous profession and am working in the city, I actually have more opportunities to continue my education in wine studies, albeit away from Las Positas. Let’s see what 2017 brings!