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The Champagne of Krug

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Break out the Champagne — we are celebrating our 200th audio show, and we couldn’t have planned it any better. Our guest for this momentous occasion is one of the world’s premiere Champagne producers, Champagne Krug.

Bottles of Krug Champagne are considered some of the most sought-after collectibles in the vinous world. Whether it be the multi-vintage bottlings of Ros and Grand Cuve, or the vintage bottlings of Clos de Mesnil, or the ultra-premium Clos d’Ambonnay – the bottles are very difficult, if not impossible to find on the market. Established in Reims in 1843 by Johann-Joseph Krug, the Maison has retained the guidance of family hands through present day, even while becoming a part of Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH).

Join us as we talk with Kurt Dienel, Krug’s Business Development Director, to find out more about their vineyard properties, their winemaking practices, and what it is that makes Krug so special.

For more information on Krug: www.krug.com

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Show #200
(50:53 min 36 MB)

Audio #13: Let’s Celebrate Champagne
Audio #45: The Business of Champagne
Audio #170: The Wines of Dom Perignon
Audio #175: Champagne with Veuve Clicquot
Video #31: Champagne Taittinger: A Walk Through the Cellars
Video #32: Champagne of Philipponnat

Hiding Wine

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The GrapeRadio Bunch decided to have a bit of fun with this show. So, while kicking around some ideas, we wondered…Do you hide wine from your spouse or significant other? Of course not; who would do that? Well, maybe we would!

Join us as Brian, Eric and Jay “come clean” about how they would “disguise” a wine purchase here and there, so as not to bring unwanted attention to their wine-buying habits.

If you comment on this show and share your crazy wine hiding antics you will be automatically entered in our drawing. We are giving away 4 autographed copies of George Tabers book “To Cork or Not to Cork”. Contest Expires June 1, 2008.

Sponsor: Pinpoint Tech, Your Mailing List Source: www.pinpoint-tech.com

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Show #199
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The Champagne of Philipponnat

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Welcome to our video podcast of the The Champagne of Philipponnat – Video Show #32.

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Although the Philipponnat family history in the Champagne region dates back to 1522, the recent history began when Auguste and Pierre Philipponnat settled in the Mareuil-sur-Aÿ region of Champagne in 1910. When Pierre acquired the steep Clos des Goisses vineyard on the southern flank of the Gruguet hill in 1935, he broke with the tradition of blending Champagne vineyards, creating a single-vineyard wine from a rather remarkable site that overlooks the Marne River. Charles Philipponnat, grandson of Auguste, is now President of the Maison and has overseen the creation of new wine making facilities and barrel storage.

Join us as Charles takes us on a walk (make that climb) of the five and a half hectare Clos des Goisses – which stood witness to the WWI battles of nearly 100 years ago. We also visit the cellars and barrel room, and disgorge some Champagne.

For more information on the Champagne of Philipponnat: www.philipponnat.com

If you enjoyed this episode check out these other related shows:

Audio #13: Let’s Celebrate Champagne
Audio #45: The Business of Champagne
Audio #170: The Wines of Dom Perignon
Audio #175: Champagne with Veuve Clicquot
Video #31: Champagne Taittinger: A Walk Through the Cellars
Audio #200: The Champagne of Krug

Champagne Taittinger: A Walk Through the Cellars

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Welcome to our video podcast of the A Walk Through the Cellars – Champagne Taittinger – Video Show #31.

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The roots of Taittinger date back to 1734, when Champagne merchant Jacques Fourneaux established his company. The business prospered through the 19th century, ultimately Fourneaux-Forest merged with the Taittinger family, who retained control.

Join us as we accompany Cellarmaster Loïc Dupont through the famous Taittinger cellars, located in Reims on the site of Gallo-Roman chalk mines dug during the 4th century, and enlarged in the 13th century by the Saint Nicaise Abbey monks to provide storage for the Champagne wines which they traded in. Remains of the Abbey, which was destroyed during the French Revolution, are still visible today throughout the tunnels, in an excellent state of preservation.

For More Information on Champagne Taittinger: www.taittinger.com

If you enjoyed this episode check out these other related shows:

Audio #13: Let’s Celebrate Champagne
Audio #45: The Business of Champagne
Audio #170: The Wines of Dom Perignon
Audio #175: Champagne with Veuve Clicquot
Video #32: The Champage of Philipponnat
Audio #200: The Champagne of Krug


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