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by Richard Gorelick | December 6, 2012
Petit Louis is debuting a holiday-season Champagne menu today (Dec. 6). The fixed-price ($45) menu, which will be offered at lunch and dinner throughout December, features such seasonal dishes as celery root soup with lobster, boudin blanc, and a classic poached anjou pear for dessert. In addition, Petit Louis is offering bottles of Louis Roederer Brut for $59 to every table that orders two Champange menus. You can see details of the menu on the Petit Louis website . Follow Baltimore Diner on Twitter @gorelickingood  
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By Sam Mellinger and The Kansas City Star | October 6, 2014
KANSAS CITY -- By now, you have probably heard about Eric Hosmer and a bunch of his teammates using social media to invite friends to a bar downtown. You probably heard about the champagne being sprayed and that Hosmer -- how cool is this ? -- bought drinks for everyone there. But in the middle of that epic party after making the American League Championship Series, there was something else that tells a small but awesome story about a team and a town. The Royals star grabbed a bottle of champagne and handed it to a new friend of his, a salesman for a construction company.
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NEWS
June 8, 2013
I cannot imagine who at The Sun thought it was a good idea to show us "something for Dad" for Father's Day with prices in the hundreds and thousands of dollars ("Dapper dad," June 6)! Seriously? Did you receive advertising money to showcase those items in the "Health and Style" section? They belong in a "rich and famous" rag but are totally out of place in a city newspaper. Christine Silberberg, Baltimore
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
The Milton Inn   is running a Lobster, Champagne & Chocolate prix-fixe dinner on Mondays and Tuesdays through September. For $32, guests get a 1-1/2 pound Maine lobster with a choice of two sides from the a la carte menu, along with one glass of Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut and a chocolate truffle. Call 410-771-4366 for reservations. Corner BYOB   in Hampden has a new $25 three-course prix-fixe menu every Monday. On tonight's menu are things like seafood corn bisque, port marinated grilled beef heart, herb-infused lobster and corn risotto, pan-seared trout fillet, and beer-braised pork belly.
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July 2, 2013
From: California: Price: $10 Serve with: Anything frivolous, not red meat For the record, I object to the use of the term Champagne for a California sparkling wine. Champagne is French. Period. Nor do I consider this a great or sophisticated wine. It is, however, a very useful wine. It's quite palatable - in a price range where many sparkling wines are dreadful. It doesn't taste like a true Champagne, but it tastes good. There's a bit of nutty flavor from the pinot grigio and just a hint of sweetness you won't find in a Champagne or a good Champagne imitator.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | December 30, 2011
  Ever wonder how all those bubbles got into the champagne? Just in time for your New Year's toasts, the American Chemical Society has created a video with an explanation. Unlike other wine, which undergoes one fermentation process, champagne undergoes two. Carbon dioxide gas is trapped during the second one and it dissolves into the wine and forms the bubbles. The bubbles ascend along the length of the bottle, dragging the molecules of the carbon dioxide and about 600 other chemicals that form the aroma and flavor of the champagne.
SPORTS
By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2012
Plastic tarps covered the Yankees' lockers, and the smell of champagne hung in the air after the club's 3-1 series-clinching win over the pesky Orioles. But the New Yorkers kept their celebration in check, knowing they had another game the next evening against the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series. "I think everybody's taking it easy right now and not drinking too much champagne," said Game 1 hero Russell Martin, clutching a bottle of bubbly. To a man, the Yankees paid homage to an Orioles team that chased them down the stretch and put them through 52 innings of nerve-fraying baseball over the last six days.
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By Emma Schkloven | December 23, 2013
Nothing says New Year's Eve quite like some bubbly. But for your New Year's party, do you really want to offer just another glass of champagne (we're sorry, sparkling wine ) on a night that is ushering in the exciting and new? Well now you don't have to. We asked five area bartenders to create an original cocktail that you can re-create at your own holiday party. Each of these cocktails is made with a $20-or-less bottle of "champagne," so they won't break your party budget. The Island Bubbilini Jeff Levy, Tavern on the Hill Levy loves to add gin to cocktails because he finds the ingredient so versatile, but he knows sometimes gin scares people.
FEATURES
By MICHAEL DRESSER | December 2, 1990
In recent weeks, I have tasted more than three dozen sparkling wines, all bought in Maryland. These are some of the highlights and lowlights.The prices given represent what I paid, but there are wide variations as different stores put different wines on sale during the holidays.ChampagneSparkling successLouis Roederer Brut Premier ($31): Exceptional intensity, great delicacy. No outstanding single characteristic, just a beautifully integrated whole, with flavors that bore right into the brain's pleasure centers.
NEWS
By Peter Jensen and Peter Jensen,Sun Staff | December 24, 2000
For one night a year, champagne is king. But what is fit to serve with such royalty? Where food gets first consideration at every other party, New Year's Eve usually means champagne or some other sparkling wine gets top billing. It is the food that must be properly matched. That can be a challenge for those of us who rarely pop the bubbly. What goes with champagne and sparkling wine (besides your significant other and a crackling fire in the fireplace, of course)? The answer is both simple and complex, much like champagne itself.
ENTERTAINMENT
Denise Weiss and For The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2014
Hola, rosa lovers! Welcome to my recap-o of episode dos of "El Bachelor. " The 18 lucky ladies and Molly the dog move into the mansion. Molly, like many dogs before her, takes a few laps in the pool, and the ladies discuss that Clare, the fake baby bump hairdresser, will be going on the first Juan-on-Juan date. First Juan-on-Juan Date Clare is really excited about her date, entitled “Let's Chill Out. " Despite not going to bars, not participating in on-line dating and not even being out on a date in a long time, her expectations are low: “I know this sounds crazy, but this could be the first date with my future husband.” I'm thinking this is not really the right venue for a girl who hasn't dated in a while, but what do I know?
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2013
More people are likely to toast this New Year with a glass of French champagne, industry observers say, an optimistic economic sign as consumers look beyond cheaper sparkling wines. Sales of the bubbly beverage from the Champagne region of France have been on the upswing this year. That means brisk business for wine sellers at year's end, when the final three months can account for 40 percent of annual champagne sales. Rising sales of champagne and other luxury items can signal improving consumer attitudes, experts say, and some in the wine business are taking the increase as another indicator of economic recovery.
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December 23, 2013
From: Napa Valley, Calif. Price: $22 Serve with: Caviar, hors d'ouvres, shellfish This California sparkling wine comes so close to the elegance and character of a fine brut Champagne that it's questionable whether it's worth paying a premium for the French version. It's a full-bodied style with fine penetration and persistence. It offers yeasty, toasty flavors reminiscent of Champagne, with perhaps just a touch more fruit flavor coming through. Mumm Napa has long been one of the better spinoffs of a Champagne brand, and it hasn't lost its edge.
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By Emma Schkloven | December 23, 2013
Nothing says New Year's Eve quite like some bubbly. But for your New Year's party, do you really want to offer just another glass of champagne (we're sorry, sparkling wine ) on a night that is ushering in the exciting and new? Well now you don't have to. We asked five area bartenders to create an original cocktail that you can re-create at your own holiday party. Each of these cocktails is made with a $20-or-less bottle of "champagne," so they won't break your party budget. The Island Bubbilini Jeff Levy, Tavern on the Hill Levy loves to add gin to cocktails because he finds the ingredient so versatile, but he knows sometimes gin scares people.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2013
From: California: Price: $10 Serve with: Anything frivolous, not red meat For the record, I object to the use of the term Champagne for a California sparkling wine. Champagne is French. Period. Nor do I consider this a great or sophisticated wine. It is, however, a very useful wine. It's quite palatable - in a price range where many sparkling wines are dreadful. It doesn't taste like a true Champagne, but it tastes good. There's a bit of nutty flavor from the pinot grigio and just a hint of sweetness you won't find in a Champagne or a good Champagne imitator.
NEWS
June 8, 2013
I cannot imagine who at The Sun thought it was a good idea to show us "something for Dad" for Father's Day with prices in the hundreds and thousands of dollars ("Dapper dad," June 6)! Seriously? Did you receive advertising money to showcase those items in the "Health and Style" section? They belong in a "rich and famous" rag but are totally out of place in a city newspaper. Christine Silberberg, Baltimore
FEATURES
By Michael Dresser and By Michael Dresser,Sun Wine Critic | September 15, 1999
Champagne lovers of the world, the time to act is now.You might believe that Jan. 1, 2000, is not the genuine start of the new millennium. You might believe that people ought to hold off their 21st-century celebrations until 2001. You might even take satisfaction in being right when the masses are wrong.Get over it. The big party is this year.When the ball drops and 2000 is official, most people will feel it's a new century. And they're going to want to toast this new era in which the years begin with a 2.If you don't join in, the rest of us will drink up all the good champagne.
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By Will Englund and Will Englund,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | January 25, 2001
MOSCOW - In December 1942, with the German army at the gates, it might have seemed as if the Russians had something more important than champagne to worry about. But Soviet propaganda held that victory over fascism was inevitable, and it wouldn't do to greet the inevitable without a bottle or two of celebratory bubbly. So in the dark days of the early war, Josef Stalin ordered the Moscow Factory of Champagne Wines to be built within sight of the Kremlin, where it produced plenty of sparkling wine in time for victory in 1945 and where it stands to this day, snuggled between the Moscow Military District Headquarters and the Army Prosecutor's Office.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2013
What's a Valentine's Day without burlesque fire dancing? Not a holiday we want to be a part of. Thankfully, D.C.-based Tilted Torch's Tassels and Champagne show fills the sexy/dangerous quotient of a day mostly about ooey-gooey love. The show at the Creative Alliance (8 p.m. Thursday; 8 and 10 p.m. Friday; $15-$20; creativealliance.org ), will feature belly dancing, boylesque, and "blazing poi spinning" by co-founder Malibu, as well as burlesque and fire dancing by Miss Joule.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2012
It's hard to find a true Champagne that isn't at least good to drink. That's why they're a splurge, even in the least expensive category: non vintage brut reserve. However, Charles Heidsieck's version has long been a standout in the category. It's a full-bodied style of Champagne - with a smooth, creamy texture and the classic Champagne flavors of yeast, nuts and fresh-baked bread. Its complexity level is rare among its peers. From: Champagne, France Price: $65 Serve with: Caviar, oysters, celebration
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