Saturday night’s Tour de Champagne was certainly a celebration soaked in the lovely French fizzy lifting drink. Guests old and young gathered together at the Charles Hotel to guzzle champagne from the big guns and lesser-known houses of France.
Guests grabbed small bites such as creamy corn soup with fresh crab meat from Avila and amazing salmon and oysters from Elliott’s Oyster House in Seattle. La Voile and Brasserie Jo were also representing.
When it came to the liquids, however, there were clearly a few winners of the evening: Nicolas Feiuillatte is definitely one of the better known champagne houses, and their Brut Rose was delicious. Moet & Chandon also had quite the crowd hovering around its table, but some of the best champagnes could be found at the more obscure tables.Philipponnat served a light Royale Reserve and a fruity Reserve Rose that was a surprise hit with everyone. But top billing goes to Nicolas Feuillatte’s Palmes d’Or, created in honor of a beautiful woman Feuillatte fell in love with. The black pearl-themed bottle was developed in homage to her adoration of pearl jewelry. The French always did seem to be professionals in the romance department.
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