Drink like the stars at your Oscar party. The official Champagne is Piper-Heidsieck, and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Prohibition they made a limited-edition magnum with a replica of the Prohibition era label. In the 1920s, bootleggers would smuggle Piper-Heidsieck into the United States where it would be secretly served in speakeasys throughout New York City. Now, it’s served in my apartment in New York City. The house’s signature Cuvée Brut has 50-55% Pinot Noir, 30-35% Pinot Meunier, and 15-20% Chardonnay. I love bubbly that’s heavy on the red grapes, which gives it a little more depth and fruit.
As you move on to still wines, pop the two newest Francis Ford Coppola Winery wines from the cool-climate Russian River Valley. The 2017 Reserve Chardonnay ($65) is from the Dutton Ranch Vineyard in the warmest part of Russian River, giving lots of tropical pineapple and tangerine. Definitely deeper than Burgundian Pinot, the 2018 Reserve Pinot Noir ($75) has rich raspberries and cloves with velvety tannins.
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