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Wine Tour de France | Better with Champagne: An Effervescent Tasting with Ariel Arce

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Wine Tour de France

Better with Champagne: An Effervescent Tasting with Ariel Arce

Recorded on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 6:30pm ET

FIAF’s 2021 virtual Wine Tour de France kicks off with a Champagne and cheese masterclass guided by Ariel Arce, the “Champagne Empress of Greenwich Village.”

Known for her modern and lively take on bubbly, Arce traces the evolution of Champagne and its most popular iteration: the Traditional Blended Brut. Over the course of the tasting, Arce spotlights a new generation of winemakers and producers who are adding their own twists, melding traditional methods with progressive techniques: Aurélien Laherte, a seventh-generation winemaker from Laherte Frères; Quentin Paillard, an eighth-generation winemaker from Pierre Paillard; and Cristian Rimoldi, Export Director at Champagne Delamotte.

Each producer recommended a cheese to pair with their cuvée, showcasing the versatility of Champagne. The cheeses are presented by Baptiste Elhorry from the French Cheese Board.

Nina Friend of Food & Wine magazine moderates the conversation.

In English

Featured Champagne

• Laherte Frères, Brut Ultradition NV

• Pierre Paillard, Extra Brut Les Parcelles Bouzy Grand Cru NV

• Champagne Delamotte, Brut Tradition NV

Featured Cheese

• Brie

• Tomme de Savoie

• Chabichou du Poitou

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