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Schramsberg Vineyards Champagne Blend Carneros 2007

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A must have for any sparkling wine aficionado: the Schramsberg sparkling wine saber. This saber is made by French cutlery maker Laguiol. The blade is made from a fine stainless steel and the handle is carved out of rosewood. The overall length of this sabering sword is 16.5 inches. The saber is packaged in a wood box with a sliding top.The tradition of sabering a bottle of sparkling wine dates back to the Napoleon era. Back from the battlefield, Napoleon's comanders realized that opening a bottle of Champagne with their sabers did wonders to charm the ladies of this era. We also suspect that consumption of the beverage helped as well. Today the tradition of sabering bottles of sparkling wine continues and events at Schramsberg often start with this ritual. With practice, the wielder can slice through the top of the bottle cleanly in a truly magnificent style. A word of caution: please receive proper training on the art of sabering before using a saber to open a bottle of sparkling wine. This activity is not without risk.

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Schramsberg Vineyards Company:
Schramsberg was originally established by Jacob Schram in 1862. The hillside vineyards reminded him of those used to grow Riesling in his native Germany, and he bought the land and began his wine-making business (he had been a barber by trade). Eventually the family sold the property, and nothing much of note really happened to it until Jack and Jamie Davies bought the land in 1965. The Davi... Read more
Schramsberg was originally established by Jacob Schram in 1862. The hillside vineyards reminded him of those used to grow Riesling in his native Germany, and he bought the land and began his wine-making business (he had been a barber by trade). Eventually the family sold the property, and nothing much of note really happened to it until Jack and Jamie Davies bought the land in 1965. The Davies' were specifically interested in making sparkling wines, but only discovered after moving onto the land that the hot Calistoga hillsides (Calistoga is typically 5 to 15 degrees warmer than the rest of the Napa Valley) were not particularly hospitable to the two grapes essential to champagne, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. They set about finding suppliers in other parts of the valley, and produced their first sparkling vintage in 1965. Widespread fame came in 1972, when President Nixon used the 1969 in his toast to China. Schramsberg has been the official sparkling wine of U.S. presidents ever since. Read less

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12/15/2008

Four glasses


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Source: eVintner Wines and Spirits
10/04/2012

Dry and crisp. Vibrant, fruitful and crisp



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A must have for any sparkling wine aficionado: the Schramsberg sparkling wine saber. This saber is made by French cutlery maker Laguiol. The blade is made from a fine stainless steel and the handle is carved out of rosewood. The overall length of this sabering sword is 16.5 inches. The saber is packaged in a wood box with a sliding top.The tradition of sabering a bottle of sparkling wine dates back to the Napoleon era. Back from the battlefield, Napoleon's comanders realized that opening a bottle of Champagne with their sabers did wonders to charm the ladies of this era. We also suspect that consumption of the beverage helped as well. Today the tradition of sabering bottles of sparkling wine continues and events at Schramsberg often start with this ritual. With practice, the wielder can slice through the top of the bottle cleanly in a truly magnificent style. A word of caution: please receive proper training on the art of sabering before using a saber to open a bottle of sparkling wine. This activity is not without risk.

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