Champagne Taittinger is one of the few remaining family-owned and operated Grand Marque Champagne houses in France. Taittinger is the second largest vineyard or domaine owner in the region giving them ultimate control of quality from vine to bottle. The Champagnes are Chardonnay dominant, which gives them their elegance, delicacy and finesse. Taittinger is widely distributed around the world in 140 countries.
I recently attended a press event entitled "Uncage My Heart" that highlighted new interpretations of Valentine’s Day menus and décor concepts with Champagne Taittinger. Attendees were taken on a "journey of the heart" starting with a Bubble Bash with friends to First Date to Lasting Love. Each featured hand selected Champagne Taittinger wines paired with a menu of delicious bites prepared by celebrated Chef Camille Becerra of Navy restaurant in New York City. Chef Beccera also gave a live cooking demonstration on how to make chocolate mousse.
Our hostess, Vitalie Taittinger, Global Ambassador and Artistic Director of Champagne Taittinger led us on a guided presentation with a tasting of six different Taittinger Champagnes. This included the classic Taittinger Brut La Française, Prestige Rosé, Nocturne, Prélude Grands Crus and Comtes de Champagne Rosé. It was fascinating to learn a little about each champagne as well as it's particular nuances and tasting notes. The Comtes was my favorite and we learned that it is ideally paired with meats and desserts. Coincidentally it also happened to the most expensive of everything we tried. Another highlight was the filling of the champagne tower. This definitely added to the already festive mood. And the fun didn't end there as guests were all given our very own bottle of Taittinger to take home. I've talked about how I'm not much of a drinker before but I gained a new appreciation for champagne at this event and picked up some fabulous entertaining ideas as well.
Do you drink champagne? What's your favorite?
Photos 1, 6 & 18 courtesy Taittinger || All others: Through My Lens