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Snooth User: Caroline Henry

Hi I am Caroline Henry aka Missinwine, a #winelover specializing in Champagne

Posted by Caroline Henry, May 6, 2012.

Hello fellow Snooth-ers!

My name is Caroline Henry and I am a #winelover and wine professional. I am a certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers, passed the advanced WSET certificate with distinction and am now studying for my diploma. I live in Hautvillers in Champagne and work as a wine broker and social media consultant and wine educator and spend my spare time writing either on my own blog (http://www.missinwine.com), for Vinogusto (http://www.vinogusto.com/blog/en) or for other online publications. I am also working on a book focusing on terroir in Champagne so spend a lot of my days visiting mainly independent Champagne producers to talk with them about their notions of terroir and taste their wines.

As Champagne is often difficult to navigate and information can be hard to get by - even for the French speaking tourist :-) - I have been putting together tailor made wine holidays/short breaks focussing on the needs and interests of my clients.

And once every so often I am also a wine judge - something I really enjoy as it gives me he opportunity to challenge my palate and keep up with the new trends in the wine world:-)

In a previous life I spend 5 years working as a VP sales and marketing for a New Zealand winery in Marlborough, of which most of the time was spend on the road as our company was very focussed on exports. And just before and after my time in New Zealand I worked for TUI - one of the worlds biggest travel companies - first in New Media and E-commerce and after my time in New Zealand in Social Media.

I have travelled extensively and really enjoy discovering new places and meeting different people and I hope to make many Champagne and wine friends through Snooth! As a #winelover my biggest joy comes from a good glass of wine or Champagne shared with  friends!!

 

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Reply by EMark, May 7, 2012.

Welcome Caroline.  I hope to learn from your contributions.

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Reply by Caroline Henry, May 7, 2012.

Thank you Mark! Any wines you are particularly interested in?

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Reply by EMark, May 7, 2012.

Well, Caroline, I am a California wine bigot.  I prefer reds--Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah are my favorites--but since we eat a lot of white meat in our house, I do drink a lot of white wines.  Old World favorites are Spanish and Italian wines--more towards Spain because I feel the prices for quality Spanish wines are outstanding.  On the white side I do enjoy Loire Valley Sancerres and Pouilly-Fumes.  I think on the white side, I am enjoy the Old World style a bit more.  I don't drink sparkling wine all that often.  So, maybe you can help me change that. 

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Reply by amour, May 8, 2012.

Caroline,you sound like my KINDA PERSON!

I enjoyed your intro. Thanks for sharing. ,  Hope to knock heads with you...as well as glasses!

I love Vintage Bollinger , as well as Krug, and had lots of that stuff over my years in London, England.

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Reply by winetrekkertv, May 8, 2012.

Hi Caroline! Look forward to following you on a subject I'm not well-versed in .....Champagne!  All the best and look forward to your insight!!

Gail

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Reply by Craig Bilodeau, May 8, 2012.

Nice car, Amour!  With two kids (one pre-teen, the other a young teen) it will be several years before I allow myself to even dream of owning one of those!  ;-)

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Reply by Craig Bilodeau, May 8, 2012.

And oh yes!  Welcome Caroline!  I look forward to reading your contributions!

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Reply by amour, May 8, 2012.

I love wine more than my car and I will really need to upload the WINE PHTO SOON...you understand what happened!!!

Which Champagne is your fave, Craig???

We need to get a current Champagne thread going...if only to REVIVE SNOOTHERS....some may differ...but I honestly would appreciate an up-date on what some Snoothers think about anything going on in Champagne drinking and storing.

Thanks in advance!

Cheers! amour!

 

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Reply by amour, May 8, 2012.

PHOTO...that is..oops!

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Reply by Craig Bilodeau, May 8, 2012.

Amour - I had a "Moet & Chandon Champagne Nectar Imperial" and loved it!  :-)

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Reply by Matt Walker, May 8, 2012.

Welcome Caroline!  I suppose I have to ask, as a Champagne specialist, which is your favorite (if you can pick one, I know I have trouble choosing favorites)?

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Reply by amour, May 9, 2012.

Craig, thanks for that!

I became a MOET fan at 18 years of age...before my palate was even developed enough for  tasting proper....

True!

Moet & Chandon Vintage 1966 was a gift to me from my darling girlfriend Lady Nuttall...then simply Genie, while we studied law together at university.

I really enjoyed M&C then.... and for several years after, especially as my father-in-law, the father of my husband, Sir Fred, was an importer of Moet. Everyone loved Moet then.....1970-1980...

Then I sensed a DROPPING BACK on the taste....friends told me to go Laurent Perrier..I was also told that they were also the same business outfit...subject to corrections from the muckers and experts...(I will look it all upp and get back on this.)

It would be useful to have Snoothers' thoughts on this subject....for example.... what do we think of Moet today......are the new Moet offerings really impressive????....not necessarily according to Parker and JR!

I am positive that this thread could be as useful as some other threads, if not excellent.......sometimes, a seemingly dull thread throws out volcanic rocks!!!!

CHEERS ALL!

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Reply by amour, May 17, 2012.

Does anyone know which Champagne is today considered BEST BY THE FRENCH...which HOUSE....in the highest and medium price points????

....just curious...and I am sure that many others want to know as well!!!!

Cheers!

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Reply by edwilley3, May 19, 2012.

I am one of the small community of "farmer fizz" fans in Dallas, Texas.  This is not a market where grower bubbly sells very well, sadly.  I try to get what I can. I am currently liking Agrapart 7 crus.  In my opinion, it's a steal at around $36-38 dollars (California prices).  My favorite grower producers are Vilmart, Gimonnet, and Goutorbe. The Goutorbe Rose is a smashing value at $60. Vilmart is soooo hard to beat. 

We recently saw the departure, I believe, of Billecart-Salmon's legendary rose.  It just didn't sell well here.  Texas is a land of big diamonds, expensive labels, and "prestige" marketing.  Veuve Clicquot sells like water here even though I think the NV "yellow" label has become gross over time.  A few stores have bottles remaining, including a handful of bottles of the Cuvee Elizabeth. 

Recent vintage bottles I've had include a 1983 Dom Ruinart Rose, 1991 Roederer Brut Rose, 1990 Dom Perignon, 1990 Cuvee Louise (Pommery), and Alfred Gratien Cuvee Paradis.  All were good, but the Dom Ruinart and Cuvee Louise really stood out. 1983?  Yep...still rocking. (The previous 2 bottles were purchased by a Ruinart rep when she visited Dallas.) I am dying to get a 1996 Dom Ruinart Rose, but at $270 RETAIL it's just insane. (I paid $85 for the 1983.) The wine director where I found it told me that he bascially has no room to discount. That's how high his cost is.

I plan to get a very carefully aged bottle of 1989 La Grand Dame this summer, as well as a similarly well cared for gift pack (wooden box) of the 3 superlative "Mis en cave" DATED Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve from the early 1990s.  I also intend to purchase a 2000 Millesime "Fleur de Champagne" Perrier-Jouet gift pack complete with glasses.  I found 3 of the Perrier-Jouets in a shop off the beaten path here in Dallas.

Now, to be fair, I have to admit that I LOVED the 1991 Veuve Clicquot Vintage Reserve.  Yet the current Brut Rose is as disgusting as the 1991 was good. I don't understand how they could let quality slip so much.

By the way, it seems to me that many US consumers are not aware that Moet stopped selling White Star (Extra Dry) here in the US and now simply offers "Imperial".  I seem to be one of the relative few who preferred the Brut Imperial in the past.

Anyway, enough rambling. Thoughts?  

Ed

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Reply by edwilley3, May 19, 2012.

Craig - I really need to introduce you to some new bubbles.


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