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This Weekend’s Champagne Tasting Event at Camerata

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If you love champagne, then we’ve got an event for you. This Saturday, February 17, Paul Petronella’s (of Paulie’s fame) popular Montrose wine bar, Camerata, is teaming up with legendary importer Skurnik Wines for a seminar featuring methode champenoise sparkling wines from Europe.

During the tasting, guests will learn what distinguishes “Champagne Method” secondary fermentation from other methods, and even delve into the history of “grower champagne,” as well as some of the regional differences of the Champagne crus. From the alluvial soils in the Vallée de Marne to the chalky, southern vineyards of the Côte des Blancs, this seminar will serve as a solid primer to those beginning their education into the sub-regions of Champagne.

While traditional-method sparkling wine is most famously produced in the cellars of Champagne, France, there is also a rich history of sparkling wine production in Austria and Germany. These sparkling wines, classified as sekt, are often made with indigenous varieties that offer a unique contrast to the Chardonnay or Pinot Noir-based wines from Champagne.

Camerata wine director Chris Poldoian and Skurnik ambassador David Salinas will lead the afternoon tasting. The seminar will run from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, ending with light snacks and a one-time-only chance to purchase bottles.

Tickets are $50 and may be purchased through Camerata’s website.

Featured photo by Deborah Smail.

Mary Cate is a Houston-based writer, photographer, and reading fiend, recently returned to her native city after time in Austin and New York City. She loves sharing the best of Houston with the world — margaritas, anyone? She and her husband serve local businesses through their digital content company, Two Cats Communications.

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