Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Tasting Tuesday March 13th at WWWB and this weeks menu and Wine by the glass

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"in a perfect world, everyone would have a glass of Champagne every evening"

Willie Gluckstern


 


At Wine Watch we do have a glass of Champagne almost everyday and on some days we have a whole bottle!  Tuesday March 13th we have seven different Champagnes open at the Wine Bar from one of our favorite producers Nicolas Feuillatte and a surprise visit from Olivier Zorel.  And with the news that Champagne is good for your brain (scientific evidence in this e-mail) you may want to have Champagne twice a day!


This is a last-minute addition to our Wine Bar schedule this week, so we will not have a menu available other than what we are serving for the Champagne tasting at the bar on this night and the charcuterie and cheese selections on menu section of this e-mail.  The menus for the rest of the week; Thursday, Friday and Saturday are at the end of this e-mail.  Hope to see you at the Wine Bar soon!!


This tasting is only $55 + tax and we only have space for 20 people this evening, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com.


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Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne Tasting with Olivier Zorel at WWWB
Tuesday, March 13th
7:30pm
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NV Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve Champagne

Price: $33.50       Sale $29.48


(90 Points) "Chalky in texture and fresh, this version features a hint of smoky minerality underscoring the flavors of ripe pear, candied black currant and lemon meringue pie. Drink now through 2018." Wine Spectator
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NV Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rose Champagne

Price: $50.75       Sale $44.66


(91 Points) This mouthwatering rosé offers fruit-forward flavors of ripe raspberry and cherry, with fresh ginger and blood orange sorbet accents. Refreshing, lively and well-knit. Drink now through 2020.  Wine Spectator
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2005 Nicolas Feuillatte Blanc De Blanc Champagne

Price: $56.25       Sale $49.50


Fresh apple and quince like fruit with notes of ginger spice and fresh brioche. Bright green apple jolly rancher like candy and fresh ginger spice, fine mousse on the tongue, a nice peppery spice coming out on the second day. Finish 45+ Excellent +
2006 Nicolas Feuillatte 'Palmes d'Or' Brut Champagne


2006 Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes D'Or Brut Champagne

Price: $135.00    Sale $118.80


(93 points) An elegant Champagne that offers flavors of poached pear, candied kumquat and dried cherry on a delicate mousse. Well-cut, with a lingering, mineral-tinged finish. (AN) (11/2015) Wine Spectator


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2005 Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or Rose Champagne

Price: $195.00    Sale $171.60


(93 Points)  I did not yet taste the recently released 2006 so far, but the salmon-colored 2005 Palmes d'Or Vintage Brut Rosé is in a good shape today. The assemblage of Pinot Noirs from Bouzy and Riceys comes along as a full-bodied, round and aromatic rosé de saignée with precise dark, red berry and wild cherry flavors mingled with floral aromas. Fruit intense yet also very delicate and elegant on the broad and intensely flavored palate, with nicely fresh and floral aromas, this generous, smoothly textured cuvée reveals a good finesse, freshness, and a lovely purity in the long and aromatic finish. There is a very fine tannin structure in this supple, elegant and charmingly harmonious wine, which makes it a delicious champagne not only for aperitifs or lobster, but also with fine beef or even mild hard cheeses.  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


 


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Nicolas Feuillatte 225 Brut Champagne

Price: $85.00       Sale $74.80


Aged partially in oak barrels for 4 years, and made exclusively from Premier Cru and Grand Cru wines, the Cuvee 225 is certainly not lacking in character. With its generous, flavourful aromas, the oaky touch remains subtly integrated and never overpowering, resulting in an unctuous, well-balanced palate.


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NV Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Demi-Sec Rose D'Luscious Champagne

Price: $45.00       Sale $39.60


The Demi-sec is aged in our cellars for at least 2 years, even though the legal minimum ageing requirement is only 15 months.Its dry and slightly sweet character is beautifully balanced on the palate. Several cru make up the blend.


Menu
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with blackberry BBQ
George Blanc Potato Cakes with American Sturgeon Caviar
Pacific Salmon Tartar with mango and Wasabi Creme
Goat Cheese and pear chutney in phylo beggars purses
Orange marmalade glazed pork belly with honey drizzle


 


A bit about Nicolas Feuillatte:


Nicolas Feuillate, always a lover of the finer things in life, celebrates his passion for Champagne surrounded by his own wines.  In 1976 he brought together the land, the vineyards and the growers to create the marque which bears his name.  Today, over thirty years later, it remains as fresh and lively as it ever was.


Nicolas Feuillatte made his first cuvees of Champagne in the early 1970’s on his own 12 hectare Montagne de Reims estate, Domaine Saint Nicholas.  In 1986 he associated himself with the Centre Vinicole de la Champagne (CVC), an organization of growers at Chouilly who control vineyards in the various regions of Champagne. 


The Centre Vinicole de la Champagne (CVC) is the leading producers’ co-operative and the third largest winemaking cellar in Champagne.  It belongs to around 5,000 growers or roughly one in every three throughout the AOC region (there are approximately 15,000 growers in Champagne).  The men and women who belong to the CVC have a profound knowledge of their appellation and have focused on producing wines that reflect the quality of grapes that they grow.  Their goals are to produce excellent quality individual blends for their members and the development of their own marque-Nicholas Feuillate. 


The CV-CNF’s fruit supply is thus sourced from 13 of the 17 Champagne Grand Cru vineyards, 33 of 42 Premier Crus and 259 of 320 other Crus from the Champagne appellation.


From the Marne Valley to the Côte des Bar via the Saint-Thierry Massif, Montagne de Reims, Côte de Sézanne and the Ardre Valley, le CV-CNF can rely on the professionalism and exacting standards of more than 5,000 grape growers.


The winery is situated at Chouilly just outside Epernay at the Northern end of the Cote des Bancs, the cellars of CVC – Nicholas Feuillate are opposite the Montagne de Reims and overlook the Marne Valley.  They are situated right on the point of convergence of all three major Champagne regions, the cellar is logistically placed to utilize the musts from 84 co-operative presses (40% of the harvest) used by 4,000 growers, 170 privately owned presses (40% of the harvest) used by 920 Growers.  Each of the 254 pressing centers which deliver juice to the CVC – Nicholas Feuillate, has been checked and accepted by the Institut National des Appellations d’Origine (INAO).  The pressing centers are all located as close as possible to the vineyards themselves in order to keep transport time for the harvest to a minimum.  This allows the fruit to be delivered healthy and intact in whole bunches to the presses, an essential condition for making good quality Champagne.  Strict quality control checks are carried out on each batch of fruit as it arrives for pressing on its appearance, ripeness and sugar content.


CVC – Nicholas Feuillate makes its base wines from a massive diversity of origins and qualities.  It also has all its members, its wholesale and distribution customers and its Nicholas Feuillate marque to satisfy.  This means that it has to create an impressive number of different cuvees from every vintage.  This means in turn that our cellarmaster and his team of oenologists and technical staff must vinify over 60 different base wines classified by cru, area of production and grape type to use as elements in all these blends.  The highest expression of their winemaking ability is shown in the Premier Cru wines and the Palmes d’Or cuvee which has won a number of prestigious awards in recent years like; Certificate of Excellence- 1995 Masters of Wine London, Silver Medal- 1996 International Wine Challenge London, Medaille d’Or- 1996 Concours Mondial Bruxelles & many more.


The firm annually produces about 1 million cases.  They focus on four items, the Brut Premier cru, Brut Premier Cru Rose, Grande Cuvee Palmes d’Or, and the Cuvee Speciale Premier Cru.  The Brut Rose is a blend of 10% Chardonnay, 60% Pinot Noir, and 30% Pinot Meunier, it is aged for three years en triage and released on its fourth year.  The firm makes two vintage dated Champagnes.  The first is the Cuvee Speciale, this wine is an assemblage of 40% Chardonnay, 40%n Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier.  The second is a blend of 40% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier.  This wine is aged for 9 years en triage and is the expression of a lifestyle, elegant, intense, and especially seductive. 


 


Scientific proof that Champagne is good for your brain


 


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New research shows that drinking one to three glasses of champagne a week may counteract the memory loss associated with ageing, and could help delay the onset of degenerative brain disorders, such as dementia.


Scientists at the University of Reading have shown that the phenolic compounds found in champagne can improve spatial memory, which is responsible for recording information about one's environment, and storing the information for future navigation.


The compounds work by modulating signals in the hippocampus and cortex, which control memory and learning. The compounds were found to favourably alter a number of proteins linked to the effective storage of memories in the brain.  Many of these are known to be depleted with age, making memory storage less efficient, and leading to poorer memory in old age and conditions such as dementia.  Champagne slows these loses and therefore may help prevent the cognitive losses that occur during typical and atypical brain ageing.


Champagne has relatively high levels of phenolics compared to white wine, deriving predominantly from the two red grapes, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, which are used in its production along with the white grape Chardonnay.  It is these phenolic compounds which are believed to be responsible for the beneficial effects of champagne on the brain.


Professor Jeremy Spencer, Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading, said: "These exciting results illustrate for the first time that the moderate consumption of champagne has the potential to influence cognitive functioning, such as memory.  Such observations have previously been reported with red wine, through the actions of flavonoids contained within it.


"However, our research shows that champagne, which lacks flavonoids, is also capable of influencing brain function through the actions of smaller phenolic compounds, previously thought to lack biological activity. We encourage a responsible approach to alcohol consumption, and our results suggest that a very low intake of one to two glasses a week can be effective."


Dr. David Vauzour, the researcher on the study, added: "in the near future we will be looking to translate these findings into humans.  This has been achieved successfully with other polyphenol-rich foods, such as blueberry and cocoa, and we predict similar outcomes for moderate Champagne intake on cognition in humans."  


Previous research from the University of Reading revealed that two glasses of champagne a day may be good for your heart and circulation and could reduce the risks of suffering from cardiovascular disease and stroke.

The paper is published in Antioxidants and Redox Signalling.
ENDS

For all media enquiries please contact Alex Brannen 07834 006 243 or James Barr 07788 714376
Notes for editors:
The University of Reading is ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world (THE World University Rankings 2012) and is one of the UK's top research-intensive universities
The Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences is the largest University department of its kind in the UK, combining state of the art teaching facilities, clinical nutrition unit, labs and the largest pilot processing plant in the UK. The Department is internationally recognised for the quality of its research and enjoys a high public profile both domestically and internationally.


The department continues to work with the food industry over a wide range of industrially funded research projects and contracts under our Food Chain and Health research theme. This includes one-to-one funding from multi-national companies through to small and medium sized enterprises.


Thursday Night


White Truffle Parmesan Shoestring Fries

Price: $18


Shutty Fries - Montreal Seasoned Steak Fries

Price- $14


Ceasar Salad with Polenta Croutons and crispy Proscuitto

Price: $18


Greek Lamb Sliders with tzatziki and cucumber

Price: $28


Vietnamese Pork Belly buns with Spicy Kimshee and Chili oil

Price: $24


Tuna Tartar with avocado and spicy cucumber

Price: $23


Grilled Baby Peppers with Quail egg and Ciacci Piccolomini Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Price: $18


Braised Short Rib Pizza with onion confit, smoked tomato and mozzarella

Price $24


Lump Crab Tartine with lime cilantro aioli pickled radish and black olive tapenade

Price: $28


Vanilla Bean Creme Brulle with fresh berries

Price: $15


Dark Chocolate Bark

Price: $15


Caneles Bordeaux Cakes with Pineapple Rum Sauce

Price: $15


 


Friday Night


 


Everything from Thursday Night and these three new menu items


 


Foie Gras with Honeydew Melon Mint Salsa on Brioche Lavender Vanilla French Toast

Price: $34


Wild Boar Shepard’s Pie with grilled Chayote Squash and creme fraiche mash

Price: $36


Dark chocolate Soufflé with blackberry and black raspberry gelato

Price: $15


 


Saturday Night


 


White Truffle Parmesan Shoestring Fries

Price: $18


Shutty Fries - Montreal Seasoned Steak Fries

Price- $14


Foie Gras with Honeydew Melon Mint Salsa on Brioche Lavender Vanilla French Toast

Price: $34


Ceasar Salad with Polenta Croutons and crispy Proscuitto

Price: $18


Greek Lamb Sliders with tzatziki and cucumber

Price: $28


Vietnamese Pork Belly buns with Spicy Kimshee and Chili oil

Price: $24


Tuna Tartar with avocado and spicy cucumber

Price: $23


Grilled Baby Peppers with Quail egg and Ciacci Piccolomini Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Price: $18


Braised Short Rib Pizza with onion confit, smoked tomato and mozzarella

Price $24


Lump Crab Tartine with lime cilantro aioli pickled radish and black olive tapenade

Price: $28


Wild Boar Shepard’s Pie with grilled Chayote Squash and creme fraiche mash

Price: $36


Vanilla Bean Creme Brulle with fresh berries

Price: $15


Dark Chocolate Bark

Price: $15


Dark chocolate Soufflé with blackberry and black raspberry gelato

Price: $15


 


 


Meat Selections


$5/1 ounce Serving


Bresaola-Italian Dried Beef

Principe Truffle Salumi

Duck Prosciutto

Prosciutto di san Daniele

Iberico Chorizo

Coppa Spicy Molinari

Felino Italian Wine Salumi

Sopressa Veneta Italian Salumi

Principe Cacciatori Chubs Salumi

Iberico Salchichon Dry Cured Salami

Foie Gras Spread


 


Cheese Selections


$5/1 ounce Serving


Imported Gorgonzola [Italy]

Extra Sharp Cheddar [Canada]

Turtle Creek Goat Cheese [Oregon]

Tartufo Bianco Pecorino [Italy]

Barely Buzzed (Cocoa & Lavender Crusted) [Jersey]

Beehive Smoked Cheddar [Jersey]

Blue D’auvergene [France]

Manchego Artisan Raw 12 Month [Spain]

Groene Oorsprong Gouda [Holland]

Reggiano Parmesan [Italy]

Triple Cream Perail Sheeps Milk [France]

Stilton Blue [England]

Brie [France]


 


This Weeks Wine By The Glass


Pol Roger Rich Champagne NV

(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $15.00


2005 Nicolas Feuillatte Blanc De Blanc Champagne

(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $18.75


2012 Zind Humbrecht Zind

White blend Alsace

(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $10.75


2013 Clos Du Val Sauvignon Blanc Napa

(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $9.75


2015 Sine Qua Non "Entre Chien et Loup'' White Blend

(7 Ounce Pour)  Price: $67.50


2014 Three Sticks Pinot Noir The James

(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $16.50


2005 Marques De Riscal Rioja Grand Reserva

(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $15.75


2015 Sine Qua Non Syrah Trouver l’arène

(7 Ounce Pour)  Price: $77.50


1940 Barbeito Verdelho

(2 Ounce Pour)  Price: $59


1895 Araújo De Barros Verdelho Madeira

(2 Ounce Pour) Price: $125


1886/87 Blandy Terrantez

(2 Ounce Pour) Price: $150


1937 D’Olivera Sercial Madeira

(2 Ounce Pour) Price: $65


1907 Blandy's Vintage Bual Madeira

(2 Ounce Pour) Price: $87.50

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