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April 14, 2015 0 comments Articles & Reviews, By Jonathan Cristaldi

Champagne for Fools with Matthew Kaner

Pour it up, people: Champagne should be an all-the-time drink. But it’s especially appropriate this time of year, as everyone bops from holiday party to holiday party. Time to get some expert advice on the sparkly stuff, and Matthew Kaner, wine director and co-owner of Los Angeles’ Covell, has all the right answers. He debunked a few myths and threw out surprising insights, from the correct glassware (hint: it’s not a flute) to why popping a cork should be like passing gas…keep reading on Liquor.com.

[This article first appeared on Liquor.com on December 12, 2014]


March 29, 2010 0 comments Articles & Reviews, By Jonathan Cristaldi

The Noble Rot (event): A Luxurious “Bubble” Bath

Luxury Suite – Parlor (Pamela Martinez at the Harp) Photo by: Brian Quinn

There is but one word to describe this most recent Noble Rot soiree: CHAMPAGNE. Where better to explore the drink of high ceremony than amidst a setting befitting princes, presidents and kings? Indeed, The Noble Rot recently commandeered a luxury suite in one of New York City’s finest hotels. We sipped seven different sparkling wines and champagne before turning to a cocktail hour with one of our good friends from Little Branch, Vito, who whipped up French 75’s (champagne, gin, lemon, simple syrup) and Royal Gold Rush’s (Champagne, bourbon, lemon, honey syrup).

The menu:

  1. Kluge (a sparkler from Virgina)
  2. Benoit Lahaye Champagne Brut Rose de Maceration
  3. Crémant de Bourgogne “Extra Brut”, Clotilde Davenne – NV
  4. Crémant d’Alsace Brut Reserve, Baur – NV
  5. Touraine Rosé Sparkling “Méthode Traditionelle”, Sarl – NV
  6. Ayala Champagne Zero Dosage Brut Nature (NV)
  7. Charles Gardet Champagne Selected Reserve NV

Pamela Martinez performed on her harp. And here’s what it all looked like:

The lovely Ladies and dapper Gentlemen have arrived. Photo by Brian Quinn.

Amanda Wells in and on the fringe (taking photo). Photo by Laura Huben.

“That’s right, I called security. They’ll be taking Mr. Cigar back to Brooklyn any minute now.” Photo by Laura Huben.

Bubble Bath in the Marbled Bath. Photo by Nora Leah.

Bubbles in the glass. Photo by Nora Leah.

Jonny Cigar is pouring his heart out. Photo by Brian Quinn.

This bedroom couldn’t be happier. Photo by Brian Quinn.

Pamela Martinez sings a cappella – beautiful! Photo by Nora Leah.

A little harp music. Photo by Brian Quinn.

Back to the music of the bubbly as Brian Quinn pours. Photo by Amanda Wells.

The Magnificent Nick Gray. Photo by Laura Huben.

Jonny sits at his desk to write a letter. Photo by Amanda Wells.

Take a look at those feathers. Photo by Amanda Wells.

Within the foyer. Photo by Laura Huben.

Mayur, Lucina, Nora dressed to kill (in the bedroom). Photo by Laura Huben.

Jonny Cigar opens the last bottle of Champagne for the evening. Photo by Brian Quinn.

Cocktail Hour is underway, in the Marbeled Bath with Vito making magic. Photo by Nora Leah.

Cats in the Boudoir. Photo taken with Nora Leah’s camera.

2:00am. Photo by Brian Quinn.

Jonny Cigar and Brian Quinn, blurred by the blazing fire. Photo by Amanda Wells.