2012 Vintage Champagne Tasting

Friday, September 10, 2021 - 07:30 PM

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"Why do you take aspirin with champagne?"
Ivan in Author! Author! (1982)


I don’t mix anything with Champagne or any other of the world’s finest wines and Champagne is to me the greatest of all the wines on the planet earth.

Every year we showcase Vintage Champagnes from the next latest and greatest vintage and this year it’s 2012.  There has been a buzz about this vintage among Champagne lovers and we will need to taste for ourselves a selection of art least a dozen bottles of bubbly from Champagne’s outstanding 2012 harvest.  If you love Champagne this is a tasting that you don't want to miss! 

Champagne is the name of a region and therefore anything inside the boundaries of Champagne can use this name on their label, everything else is just sparkling wine.  The important thing to look for on the label when it comes to sparkling wines outside of the Champagne region is the method of production and if the words, methode champenoise are there were in business, this means that the sparkling wine in the bottle is made with the same standards that are used in the great wines from the Champagne region of France. 

And just in case you missed the evidence that Champagne is good for your cognitive functions, that’s correct scientists have just proven that Champagne is good for your brain.  Check out the scientists’ evidence at the end of this e-mail and get your Champagne here!!
I also have all the champagnes from these producers that we have in store on this offering on SALE!!  These are only the wines from these producers that are physically here in the store if you would like another cuvee from any of these producers that are not listed here let us know and we will get them for you.
This tasting and is limited to 14 tasters and the fee for this tasting which includes dinner is $250 + tax!   For reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com.

2012 Vintage Champagne Tasting
Thursday, September 15th

2012 Gosset Grand Millesime Brut Champagne
2012 Louis Roederer Vintage Brut Champagne  
2012 Champagne J Lassalle Special Club Brut
  2012 Nicolas Feuillatte Blanc De Blanc Champagne  
  2012 Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Brut Champagne  
2012 Pierre Gimonnet Champagne Brut Special Club Grands Terroirs De Chardonnay  
2012 Champagne Telmont Blanc de Blancs Brut
2012 Champagne Telmont Blanc de Blanc Vinotheque
2012 Taittinger Millesime Brut Champagne  
2012 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Vintage Gold Label  
2012 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Brut Coeur De Cuvee Premier Cru

Selection of Cheese and Charcuterie
George Blanc Potato Cakes with White Sturgeon Caviar, Bermuda Onion, egg and crème fraiche
Shoestring Fries with White Truffle Oil and Parmesan Reggiano
Salmon Tartar with Mango and Mint aioli
Fried Chicken Breast stuffed with Foie Gras Mousse served with Bearnaise Sauce
Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee

The fee for this tasting which includes dinner is $250 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com

Scientific proof that Champagne is good for your brain


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.

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.


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