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Champagne Date Night | Romantic Date Night Pairings For Sparkling Wine

December 4, 2023

Elevated date night, put a little JOY in your next date night. Whether going out or staying in, elevate your date by making simple upgrades to make the most of your quality time together. Le Grand Courtâge, Meaning “The Great Courtship”  our mission is all about bringing people to share food, wine, and laughter. We aim to be the best 15 minutes of someone’s day; inspiring them to celebrate life and cultivate joy in simple ways… because it’s the everyday moments in life that really matter.

For more elevated date night in ideas, head here to our full blog post here.

Fun ideas for a champagne themed date night

Planning a special date night with Champagne can be romantic and memorable. Here are some ideas to make it wonderful:

  • Champagne Tasting: Explore different types of Champagne or sparkling wines together. Pick a variety like Brut, Rosé, or Blanc de Blancs (ours each score 90+ points & named Wine Enthusiast BEST BUYS!) . Create a mini-tasting with small pours to compare flavors and notes.
  • DIY Champagne Cocktails: Experiment with creating your own Champagne cocktails. Try mixing Champagne with different fruit juices, liqueurs, or garnishes. Classic options like mimosas or French 75s are a great start.
  • Sunset Picnic: Head to the backyard or porch with a picnic basket filled with Champagne, cheeses, fruits, and some pastries. Enjoy the view and each other’s company as the sun sets.
  • Candlelit Dinner: Prepare a romantic dinner together or order in from your favorite restaurant. Pair the meal with Champagne to add a touch of elegance. Consider dishes like seafood, poultry, or pasta that complement the wine.
  • Champagne and Chocolate Pairing: Purchase a selection of high-quality chocolates with various percentages of cocoa and pair them with Champagne. Dark chocolate tends to pair wonderfully with the effervescence of Champagne.
  • Bubble Bath and Champagne: Set up a relaxing bubble bath with candles and soft music. Enjoy a glass of Champagne together while you unwind and spend quality time.
  • Stargazing with Bubbly: Find a cozy spot, perhaps in your backyard or at a nearby observatory, and bring along a bottle of Champagne. Toast to each other under the stars and enjoy the serenity of the night sky.
  • Champagne Dessert: Create a dessert that incorporates sparkling wine, such as Champagne cupcakes, berries soaked in Champagne, or a Champagne-infused sorbet.

Remember, the essence of a great date night is the connection and shared experience. Whether it’s a lavish dinner or a simple evening under the stars, the goal is to enjoy each other’s company and create beautiful memories. Cheers to a fantastic date night!

ROMANTIC CHARCUTERIE & WINE PAIRING

Champagne and sparkling wine are really one of the most versatile wines for food as it contains high levels of acidity and a small amount of sugar. The two extremes complement elements in almost any food, from tame poached salmon to red-hot Thai food. Often referred to as the scrubbing bubbles for your palate as it cleanses the tongue and balance

Spritzy bubbles refresh the palate that acts as a cleanser (aka the scrubbing bubbles for the palate), getting you ready for the next burst of flavor. Bubbles work particularly well with fried and spicy foods, helping to cut through the fat and tame heat.

Champagne or sparkling wine has racy acidity, and that trait is very food friendly as it is balanced by fat, salt, and sweet flavors. The acid in bubbly balances out salty foods well, making it a classic pairing for oysters and any sort of snacky foods like salted nuts, french fries, and popcorn.

We suggest considering some decadent items on your Champagne Charcuterie Board and make sure it is laden with some exceptional items, from the chicken and veal pâté, prosciutto di Parma to the creamy goat cheese the warm chestnut infused honey – or savory cheese fondue for some real French-flare.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE A CHAMPAGNE CHARCUTERIE GRAZING BOARD

Here are some ideas:

  • Cheeses: Select a variety of cheeses such as brie, camembert, aged cheddar, gouda, or goat cheese. Soft, creamy cheeses like brie complement the effervescence of Champagne.
  • Cured Meats: Prosciutto, salami, chorizo, and thinly sliced Serrano ham are excellent choices. The saltiness of these meats contrasts nicely with the wine’s acidity.
  • Fruits: Fresh and dried fruits add a sweet and tangy element. Consider grapes, figs, strawberries, and slices of apple or pear. Dried apricots and dates work wonderfully too.
  • Nuts: Almonds, walnuts, and cashews bring a crunchy texture and nutty flavor that complements both the wine and the meats.
  • Olives: Green and black olives offer a savory and briny addition. Choose a variety like Kalamata or Castelvetrano for diverse flavors.
  • Honey and Jams: Drizzle honey over the cheese or use fruit jams like fig or raspberry to add a touch of sweetness.
  • Bread and Crackers: Include a selection of artisanal bread, breadsticks, and crackers. Whole-grain options, baguette slices, and crackers with seeds or herbs can enhance the overall experience.
  • Pickles and Preserves: Cornichons, pickled onions, or pickled vegetables like carrots and cauliflower add a tangy contrast to the richness of the cheese and meats.
  • Pâté or Terrine: Consider adding a smooth and flavorful pâté or terrine to the board for a luxurious touch. Chicken liver pâté or a rustic terrine can be delightful options.
  • Chocolate: Finish off with some high-quality dark chocolate. Its richness pairs surprisingly well with Champagne, especially if it has berry or citrus notes.

Remember to arrange these items aesthetically on a wooden board or slate to create an inviting and visually appealing spread. The combination of savory, sweet, and salty flavors will complement the Champagne or sparkling wine beautifully, creating a memorable date night experience.

Head here for our full blog post on our top pairings for sparkling wines.

HOW TO KNOW WHAT SORT OF SPARKLING WINE OR CHAMPAGNE TO SERVE?

Like any wine, Champagnes range from sweet to dry. Here are the labels to look for:

  • Demi-sec – The sweetest of Champagnes, but not as sweet as a dessert wine. It means “half sweet.”
  • Dry – A shade drier than demi-sec.
  • Extra dry – One-step drier.
  • Brut – The driest form, and the most typical/popular.

Some styles

  • Blanc de Blancs is made only with white grapes. It generally goes well with lighter foods, such as seafood and vegetables. Also good as a pre-dinner aperitif.
  • Blanc de Noirs, made solely from red Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, with a deeper golden color than the Blanc de Blancs. It makes a great pairing with full-flavored or rich foods.
  • Rosé. The color comes from the addition of Pinot Noir wine at the second fermentation, the point at which still wine becomes Champagne. This type is one of the best to have with dinner, according to Ed McCarthy, author of Champagne for Dummies.

Add a little luxury to your next occasion and always embody that champagne state of mind!

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Win A Trip To Paris + Taylor Swift Eras Tickets + Guide To Exploring Paris

November 8, 2023

Having attended a sparkling night at the Eras last show in Los Angeles, we were wonderstruck by Taylor’s artistry, stamina, business savvy, constant evolution, generosity, and the public stance she has taken on key issues. What we experienced in LA was a heartfelt evening centered around connection and inclusion. To witness how Taylor wins with her vulnerability, keeps shattering industry records, and embodies both feminine energy and power, is nothing short of phenomenal! We want to celebrate her – and you – together in Paris where Le Grand Courtage all started.

Taylor Swift is only 33 years old and this year she has broken (shattered) so many records. Taylor now has 13 #1 albums with the re-release of 1989 last week, achieved Billionaire status and even in this past year held all 10 slots of the Billboard Hot 100. The debut of “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” marked the largest first-week album sales for any album since Adele released her 2015 album “25” and is so far the year’s top selling album, according to Billboard. Further, “Midnights” and the July release of “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)” round out the top-three-selling albums in 2023. AND…. Taylor is also Spotify’s most-streamed artist in a single day in Spotify’s history when “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” was released on October 27. Everything she touches turns to gold, but it is not without tremendous work and brilliance on her and her teams part. We raise a glass to Taylor, Tree Paine, her parents, and the amazing team that have created a phenomenal sight to behold.

Now it’s time for us to celebrate together, and we have something incredible planned! We’re giving away 2 tickets to see Taylor Swift in concert at the Paris Eras Tour, May 12, 2024. Read on to see all the details,and learn how you can throw your cork in the hat and win a trip to Paris, 2 Eras Tour tickets, and a 4 night stay in Paris

Win a Trip to Paris + Taylor Swift Tickets for Two

Enjoy the City of Lights while eating crepes, drinking French bubbly and picnicking under the Eiffel Tower while celebrating life! Then live out your champagne dreams while singing “Paris” and “Champagne Problems” with thousands of other Swifties at the Eras concert!

Flights ($2500 voucher) + 4 Nights at Hotel ($1800) + Taylor Swift Eras Concert Tickets (2) for 5/12/24 = $6800 Value

We are here to make your wildest, champagne dreams come true by flying you and your bestie (or lover) to the enchanted land of Paris, France to see Taylor Swift on Sunday, May 12, 2024.

Enter to Win

Looking for more reasons to sign up? Here’s the lowdown on everything you need to know about Paris, the venue, and navigation. Between visiting monuments and museums, to eating delicious French food, there’s plenty to do while you wait for the night of the big show, so start preparing now!

WHY PARIS?

Having lived in Paris, our owner and founder, Tawnya has spent a lot of time compiling resources and guides for visiting the City of Lights. Le Grand Courtâge was even born out of Tawnya’s love for the light, crisp, and refreshing French wine style! When the opportunity arose for us to give our fans, customers, and anyone else the chance to take a relaxing trip (and see Taylor Swift of course), Paris was the obvious choice. So why Paris? Vive La France, of course!

Getting Around

One of the most important things to keep in mind when exploring Paris is to wear comfortable shoes. The city is best explored on foot, and it’s easy to get lost in its winding streets. Don’t worry about remembering the names of the places you visit. Exploring until you get lost is part of the magic of visiting Paris. Your best bet will be to keep this article handy on your phone the whole time, because we’re about to give you a list of the best things to do in Paris, and how to find them.

What if I Don’t Speak French?

No problem! Nearly 60% of French residents are able to speak at least basic English, meaning sometimes all you need to do is ask around a bit, and you’re bound to find someone who can help you out.

If that’s not enough, here is a list of basic French phrases you can memorize to get things like directions, say hello, and of course, order a glass of wine!

Hello: Salut
A glass of wine: Un verre de vin
A coffee: Un café
Water: Eau
Do you speak English: Parlez-vous anglais?
I’m lost: Je suis perdu(e), adding an e if you identify as female.
I’m sorry: Je suis désolé(e)

Monuments, Museums, and Parks

If there is one thing Paris is known for, it’s for incredible architecture, art, and outdoor spaces. Here’s everything you need to know about seeing the best the City of Lights has to offer.

First, off, there are plenty of handy reference maps like this Paris monument map, this Paris museum map, and of course this Paris garden map.

From the Eiffel Tower and Louvre to Luxembourg Gardens, to famous art museums like Musée d’Orsay and the Centre Pompidou, you’ll be able to find whatever attraction you want to see most. Just keep this page bookmarked on your phone, and you’ll always have something fun planned!

Eras Tour Paris: The Venue

The concert is being held at the Paris La Défense Arena in Nanterre, a western suburb of Paris. With a seating capacity of 40,000, it’s a good-sized stadium, but not nearly as overwhelming as some of Taylor’s other recent venues like Lumen Field, which drew over 70,000 attendees.

The La Défense Arena has played host to the likes of The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Elton John, and Imagine Dragons, to name a few. So make sure you cross this venue off your destination list, because it has some rich history to it!

Here’s a handy guide to navigating the venue, as well as solutions for parking, ridesharing, and getting there on foot.

Are You Ready For It?

We sure are! If you’re looking for the perfect place to start planning for your trip, get insider knowledge of Paris and the venue, and of course get all the info you need to increase your chances of winning, you’ve found it. Add this guide to your list of references for your trip, and we guarantee you’ll get the best experience possible! Bonne chance to you all!

Want More?

Check out this blog for Tawnya’s tips and trips for visiting Paris like a local and setting the off the beaten path places.

An American Insider’s Guide to Visiting Paris: The Arrondissements, Maps, Getting Around & What to Know Before You Go – Le Grand Courtâge (legrandcourtage.com)

If you are an Emily in Paris fan, we also have a fun complication of all the haute spots and cool jaunts for every woman and Francophile living out their chic fancies of love, fashion and food.

How to Explore Paris like ‘Emily in Paris’ – Le Grand Courtâge (legrandcourtage.com)

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Best Thanksgiving Wine For Pouring, Pairing, & Fall Cocktail Mixing | Eight Reasons Rosé Shines In Autumn

October 9, 2023

Elevate your Thanksgiving dinner! Serving rosé wine at Thanksgiving is a delightful choice, even though  it might not be the most traditional option as it is often thought of as a summer beverage. But the truth is, rosé is an amazing pairing with the savory, comfort dishes we love in fall and winter – especially during the holidays!

Here are eight reasons why the best modern hostesses serve rosé wine at Thanksgiving dinner:

  • Versatility: Rosé wines are known for their versatility. They typically have a balanced acidity and a wide range of flavor profiles, making them suitable for pairing with various Thanksgiving dishes. Whether you’re enjoying turkey, ham, stuffing, or cranberry sauce, rosé can complement a variety of flavors.
  • Temperature: Thanksgiving often involves a mix of hot and cold dishes. Rosé wine is typically served chilled, which can be refreshing alongside warmer dishes. It can also be a good option if you’re dining in a warmer climate or in a heated room where red wines might feel too heavy.
  • Palate Cleanser: Rosé’s crisp and refreshing qualities can act as a palate cleanser between bites of rich and savory Thanksgiving foods. This can help refresh your taste buds and enhance the overall dining experience.
  • Personal Preference: Ultimately, wine choices often come down to personal preference. If you and your guests enjoy rosé wine, there’s no reason not to include it on your Thanksgiving table. We call it a perfect in-between wine as it often has a little more structure than white wines, and is lighter bodied than reds so it’s an ideal option for a crowd.
  • Refreshing and Crisp: Thanksgiving meals can be quite rich and heavy with dishes like roast turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. A chilled glass of rosé wine can provide a refreshing contrast, cleansing your palate between bites and helping to balance the flavors.
  • Pleasant Aromatics: Many rosé wines offer a bouquet of fruity and floral aromas, which can be appealing and inviting for your guests. These aromatics can add an extra layer of complexity to your Thanksgiving experience.
  • Crowd-Pleaser: Rosé wine tends to be well-received by a wide range of wine drinkers, making it a safe choice if you’re unsure of your guests’ wine preferences. It’s often associated with celebration and relaxation, making it a good fit for a holiday gathering.
  • Seasonal Appeal: Depending on the style of rosé you choose, it can have hints of summer fruits like strawberries, raspberries, and grapefruit. This can evoke a sense of nostalgia for the warmer months, which can be a pleasant contrast to the cooler fall weather.
  • Visual Appeal: The beautiful pink color of rosé wine can add a visually appealing element to your Thanksgiving table, enhancing the overall dining experience.

While rosé might not seem the most traditional choice for Thanksgiving, where red and white wines are more commonly served, there’s no strict rule about what wine to pair with your meal. The most important thing is to choose wines that you and your guests will enjoy. If you want to experiment and add a modern twist to your Thanksgiving celebration, serving rosé can be a delightful and unexpected choice.

Both Le Grand Courtâge Brut Rosé & our French, Provence style Très Chic Rosé score over 90 points and a great value at under $25, making them a great choice for bringing to family Thanksgivings when seeking award winning and affordable wines!

Brut ​Rosé contains Chardonnay, Ugni Blanc & Gamay, which is ideal for Fall faire and Thansgiving

Très Chic Rosé offers grenache and consault which is lovely with the range of flavors.

Want to learn more? Here’s more on why rosé is perfect for fall and winter soirées.

We’re committed to serving up the best and easiest ways to cultivate JOY in the everyday moments, especially during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Which is why we’ve put together several resources to make this holiday season a breeze, with more time around the table with friends and family.

Visit our Universal Sound Of Happy page to browse and download our curated seasonal guides!

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Taylor Swift Eras That Pair Well With French Wines | Throw A Taylor Swift Movie Premiere Party!

Champagne Problems & Champagne Dreams: The Albums We Love As A Woman Owned Women Managed Brand

Taylor Swift has cemented herself as an icon with the smashing success of her Eras World Tour. We know Taylor makes many champagne references through several albums with themes of high, lows, loves,  and a common thread of women empowerment.

Le Grand Courtâge Founder, CEO, and Proprietor American Tawnya Falkner took the leap, gave up her career as a designer/real estate developer in California and moved to Burgundy, France to follow her passion for wine.

When she set out on this journey, she saw a unique opportunity to create an affordable luxury that is timeless and elegant, yet contemporary and relatable. With her business and marketing background, she saw a gap in the sparkling wine category and an opportunity to create an affordable luxury to embody the French spirit of ‘Joie de Vivre’ and both elevate and celebrate life’s everyday moments.

Her vision to create an affordable everyday luxury resulted in Le Grand Courtâge and newly launched rosé,  Très Chic, all award-winning French wines with appealing, modern character and elegant packaging, each with their own essence and personality, not unlike Taylor’s “Eras”.

Le Grand Courtâge, intended to mean, “the great courtship” reflects the journey of life as we navigate and negotiate love and friendships, learning and evolving to new eras.

We drew some amazing parallels between our brand and Taylor’s album era, including the personalities of 1989, Lover, & Midnights,  respective to our three distinct woman-owned, award winning & affordable French wines.

Disclaimer: These were created by us solely for fun in entertaining at home, and this in no way implies endorsement of, nor connection to, Taylor Swift and her respective team.

Le Grand Courtâge Blanc de Blancs Brut & Taylor Swift’s 1989 Album (Taylor’s Version)

1989: Classic, chic, fun, whimsical and dreamy, 1989’s vibe and style pair perfectly with our Blanc de Blancs Brut!

Wine Description:

  • Aromas: bright flavors of green apple, ripe melon, honeysuckle and toasted brioche.
  • Flavor Profile: delicate balance of dryness and acidity lingers with flavors of Meyer lemon, honeydew & soft floral notes. Crisp, light, refreshing with baby bubbles.

Taylor Swift Inspired Cocktail: Blank Space

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Vodka or Gin
  • 1/2 oz Elderflower Liqueur or Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
  • 2 oz Le Grand Courtâge Blanc de Blancs Brut
  • Raspberry & Sprig Of Thyme For Garnish

Preparation: Combine gin, elderflower, and lemon juice in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled coupe. Top with Le Grand Courtâge Blanc de Blancs Brut & garnish. Serve & enjoy responsibly!

Le Grand Courtâge Brut Rosé & Taylor Swift’s Lover Album

Lover: Romantic, optimistic, and fun! Lover’s vibrant, feminine feel pairs perfectly with our Brut Rosé .

​​Wine Description:

  • Aromas: bright aromas of fresh strawberry, raspberry and pomegranate combine with notes of lilac and violet.
  • Flavor Profile: deliciously seductive while smooth and versatile. A perfect balance of freshness, fruit, acidity, and sweetness.

Taylor Swift Inspired Cocktail: Cruel Summer

Ingredients:

Preparation: Combine the vodka, grapefruit juice, Brut Rosé, and simple syrup and shake over ice until chilled, then strain and fill glasses. Top with flower petals for an elegant and chic finish

Très Chic Rosé & Taylor Swift’s Midnights

Midnights: Trendy, bold, and brave and definitely marches to the beat of her own drum, Midnights has a fashionable essence – the definition of  Très Chic Rosé!

​​Wine Description:

  • Aromas: this rose petal hued wine offers aromatics of red currant and thyme.
  • Flavor Profile: notes of red berries, grapefruit and tropical fruit this is a refreshing treat. Dry with a nice balance of fruit and acidity.

Taylor Swift Inspired Cocktail: The Anti-Hero

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. Très Chic Rosé wine
  • 2 oz. silver tequila
  • 1 ½ oz. agave nectar
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • Fresh grapefruit or lime wedge + kosher salt for rim, for garnish (optional)

Preparation: Dampen rim of cocktail glass and dip into kosher salt (optional); set aside. Combine rosé wine, tequila, agave, and lime juice in prepared cocktail glass, stir to combine. Garnish if desired. Serve and enjoy responsibly.

Which of our French wines match your personality or current era?

Throw A Taylor Swift Movie Premiere Party Or An Era’s Party: More Cocktails & Girl’s Night Ideas

First things first: support female founders! Taylor is a champion of women empowerment! We are all about elevating and celebrating every day & love supporting fellow female-founded businesses.

Make your next ladies’ night, girl’s night in, bachelorette party, or girl’s getaway all about a girl-power and showcase female empowerment by incorporating some of our favorite female and minority-owned businesses at the soirée. Find them here.

Our woman-owned, women managed wines are perfect Breakfast to Dessert, and are delicious on their own, as a food pairing, an aperitif &/or for cocktails.   For us it is about maintaining a ‘champagne state of mind’ &/or living through ‘rosé colored glasses’, much like Emily and all her friends.

While the wines are fabulous on their own, we also love a sparkling drink or ‘champagne’ cocktail to elevate any occasion. Read on for more Taylor Swift Inspired Cocktail Recipes:

Lavender Haze

  • 1 oz gin
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz lavender simple syrup
  • Lemon twist
  • Le Grand Courtâge Blanc de Blancs Brut

Make simple syrup: In a small saucepan, heat water and lavender sugar, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. Stir in lavender extract. Pour into a glass jar and chill until ready to use. In a shaker filled with ice, combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake to combine. Strain into a glass and top with brut. Garnish with a lemon twist. Serve immediately and enjoy responsibly.

Love Story

  • Le Grand Courtâge Brut Rosé
  • 6 tbsp strawberry purée
  • 2 tbsp simple syrup
  • 1 oz vodka
  • Strawberry sorbet

In a glass, mix purée, simple syrup, vodka, and brut. Top with a scoop of sorbet. Serve immediately and enjoy responsibly.

All Too Well

  • 1 bottle Très Chic Rosé
  • 2 cups juiced pink grapefruit
  • 1 cup soda water
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4 leaves of basil

Combine the wine, pink grapefruit juice, honey, soda water, fresh basil and rosemary in punch bowl. Stir well until combined. Add 2-3 ice cubes in each glass and fill with punch. Garnish with some fresh rosemary and enjoy responsibly.

Evermore:

  • 1/2 cup Le Grand Courtâge Blanc de Blancs Brut
  • Ice
  • 1 tbsp pear vodka
  • 4 ½ tsp Lemon Verbena Simple Syrup
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Pear slices

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add vodka, syrup, and lemon juice. Shake, and then strain into a glass. Top off with brut. Garnish with lemon verbena or pear slices. Serve immediately and enjoy responsibly.

The New Romantics

  • 3 Strawberries, chopped
  • 1 Tsp Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • ½ Tsp Honey
  • 1 oz Silver Tequila
  • 4 ½ tsp Lemon Verbena Simple Syrup
  • 4 oz Très Chic Rosé
  • Strawberries & peach slices for garnish

In the bottom of a glass, muddle strawberries, lemon juice & honey. Add crushed ice and tequila.
Muddle again. Top with rosé, strawberries and peach slices.

Fearless (Low ABV Cocktail Recipe)

  • 1 ½ oz gin or alcohol free gin alternative
  • ¾ oz elderflower liqueur
  • ¾ oz lemon juice
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • 3 oz Le Grand Courtâge Blanc de Blancs Brut
  • Lemon twist, for garnish
  • Ice

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add gin, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice and bitters. Shake until chilled, about 30 seconds. Pour into a champagne flute and top with brut. Garnish with a lemon twist and serve. Enjoy responsibly.

We Never Go Out Of Style (Party Punch)

  • 1 (12-oz.) can frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • ¼ cup orange liqueur
  • 4 cups white cranberry juice cocktail
  • Le Grand Courtâge Blanc de Blancs Brut
  • Fresh mint sprigs

Stir together lemonade concentrate and cranberry juice cocktail in a large pitcher. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours. Stir in brut and liqueur just before serving. Garnish, if desired. Serve immediately and enjoy responsibly.

Feelin’ 22

  • Le Grand Courtâge Blanc de Blancs Brut
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 bunch fresh mint
  • 2 – 3 cups freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • Edible flowers, for garnish

In a small saucepan, bring sugar, water and mint to a boil. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved, 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely, discard mint sprigs. Divide simple syrup and grapefruit juice between 6 glasses and stir. Top with champagne and garnish with edible flowers. Serve immediately and enjoy responsibly.

Endgame

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tsp chopped mint leaves
  • Superfine sugar, as needed
  • 1 bottle Le Grand Courtâge Brut Rosé

Purée blueberries, pineapple juice and mint in a blender. Taste for tartness. If needed, blend in sugar to taste. Strain.Pour 2-3 tablespoons juice into flutes and slowly top with brut. Serve immediately and enjoy responsibly.

Back To December (Mulled Wine Recipe)

  • 1 Bottle Très Chic Rosé
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 4 Cloves
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Apple or Pear Slices
  • White raisins, cranberries,
  • or cloves for garnish

Heat the wine on low-medium heat. Do not boil it, just warm the liquid. Add the ingredients, and let the sugar melt. Warm for at least five minutes. Fifteen minutes will make the wine spicier. Add fruit slices and garnish with white raisins, cranberries, or a clove for a festive touch.

More Cocktail Recipe eBooks: Click Links for recipes LGC Cocktails by Spirit Type or LGC Healthy/Low & Lite Cocktails  or our  Spritz Alternatives and we have Frosé Cocktail Options. We also offer a lot of entertaining inspiration including food pairings, playlists, and more!

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Grown Up Fall Bucket List & Autumn Party Ideas | 11 Ways To Elevate The Enchantment Of Fall + Fall Sangria Recipe

September 25, 2023

Fall is a wonderful season to enjoy the crisp air, colorful foliage, and a touch of luxury with sparkling wine. Here are eleven grown-up fall bucket list ideas to make the most of the season and #livejoyously.

Harvest Picnic: Organize a picnic in a scenic park or countryside. Pack a basket filled with artisanal cheeses, cured meats, fresh fruits, and a variety of crackers. Pair these delightful bites with a chilled bottle of sparkling wine for a sophisticated and memorable outdoor experience. More tips on how to make the perfect cheeseboard here.

Apple Orchard Adventure: Visit a local apple orchard and engage in apple picking and other fun fall activities like cider sampling and hayrides! Afterward, set up a cozy picnic area with blankets and enjoy a leisurely afternoon sipping sparkling wine while indulging in apple-themed treats like apple tarts, apple crisp, and caramel apples. Maybe even mix up an apple cider mimosa!

Fall Brunch Gathering: Host a brunch party with fall-inspired dishes such as pumpkin pancakes, cinnamon swirl French toast, and savory quiches. Elevate the meal by offering a mimosa bar with a selection of fruit juices and sparkling wine for guests to create their own unique blends. We make it easy with our mimosa kit & free curated brunch guide.

Bonfire and Bubbles: Arrange a bonfire in your backyard or at a designated area and invite friends and family over. Provide warm blankets, comfortable seating, and offer toasting marshmallows for s’mores. As the sun sets and the fire crackles, share stories and laughter over glasses of sparkling wine. Our favorite fall food and wine pairings can be found here.

Wine and Paint Night: Organize a wine and paint night with a fall twist. Provide guests with canvases, paint, and brushes, and guide them through creating autumn-themed artworks. As creativity flows, serve sparkling wine along with light finger foods for an enjoyable and artistic evening. Put on a great playlist to really get the party going!

Fall-themed Wine Tasting: Host a sparkling wine tasting event with a focus on autumn flavors. Pair different sparkling wines with fall-inspired bites like roasted butternut squash crostini, mushroom bruschetta, pecan-crusted goat cheese balls, or our favorite mini champagne poundcakes.

Candlelit Dinner Party: Create an intimate and elegant fall dinner party with a seasonal menu featuring dishes like vegan root vegetable pancakes, hearty stews, and decadent desserts. Set the ambiance with candles and dim lighting, and offer sparkling wine as a refined pairing for the autumnal meal. Serving a cheese plate? Here’s a guide for simple sparkling wine and cheese party pairing.

Outdoor Movie Night: Set up an outdoor movie screening area with blankets, cushions, and a projector. Invite friends and family to enjoy a classic fall film while sipping on sparkling wine and nibbling on popcorn, caramel apples, and cheese platters, all of which are perfect pairings for bubbly!

Fireside Sips: If you have a fireplace, create a cozy fireside lounge with comfortable seating and warm blankets. Invite friends for an evening of relaxation, conversation, and sips of sparkling wine or a fall inspired sparkling cocktail to unwind from the day’s activities.

Fall Foliage Tour: Plan a scenic hike through areas known for their vibrant fall foliage. Pack a picnic or choose a charming café for a mid-trip break, and raise a glass of sparkling wine to toast the beauty of the season. Mini wine bottles are perfect as portable picnic beverages.

Fabulous Tailgate Party: Three ways to elevate your tailgate! Katie Jacobs of Styling My Everyday put together a beautiful and inspiring tailgate featuring not only great sparkling wine but also beautiful trays filled with colorful fall charcuterie, mini champagne bottles, pound cakes, sparkling apple cider sangria, gruyere and prosciutto pinwheels, and warm chicken pot pie! See more here.

BONUS: Katie Jacobs X Le Grand Courtâge Sparkling Caramel Apple Sangria Recipe. The perfect fall sangria cocktail!

Ingredients:

1 750ml bottle caramel vodka

1 quart fresh apple cider

2 750ml bottles Le Grand Courtâge Blanc de Blancs Brut

5-6 cinnamon sticks

2-3 Sliced apples

Instructions: Combine vodka, apple cider, & cinnamon sticks in a drink dispenser and let sit for 30 minutes. Add ice and apples. Pour into glasses & top with chilled Le Grand Courtâge Blanc de Blancs Brut. Makes 12 servings.

**Remember to check local regulations and guidelines regarding alcohol consumption in public spaces if you’re planning outdoor activities. Enjoy your sparkling wine and the enchanting atmosphere of the fall season!

We’re committed to serving up the best and easiest ways to cultivate JOY in the everyday moments, especially during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Which is why we’ve put together several resources to make this holiday season a breeze, with more time around the table with friends and family.

Visit our Universal Sound Of Happy page to browse and download our curated seasonal guides!

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How to Open & Serve Champagne or Sparkling Wine

September 12, 2023

It’s New Year’s Eve and your guests are about to arrive when you go to pull your bottle of bubbly from the fridge and think… “I have no idea how to serve this Sparkling Wine or Champagne” or even, “How the heck do I even open this thing”.  Worry not, we have all the tips and tricks for you to enjoy your favorite bubbly, because we all know hearing the pop of a champagne cork is the universal sound of happy!

We have compiled a list of common mistakes people make when serving sparkling wine, and then we have a few infographics from Glass of Bubbly.com to give you real visuals to give you the best Sparkling wine experience.

Grab your own bottle of Brut Rosé or Blanc de Blanc and follow along for the perfect pour of bubble bliss. Use this code for “LGCPROMO” for 15% off your first purchase.

How to Open & Serve Champagne or Sparkling Wine
How to Open & Serve Champagne or Sparkling Wine

THE TEMPERATURE

Store the bottle in the fridge the night before, storing your wine in the fridge for too long can dry out the cork and alter the taste due to lack of humidity. Once out of the fridge let it sit out and warm up naturally to the ideal cellar temperature which is around 55 degrees. When wine gets to this temperature all the aromas come out and you can really pick apart the different flavors in the wine.

THE CORK

We know it looks really cool to pop the cork, but if you want to look like a true professional, take off the cage, put a cloth over the cork and your thumb on top, then gently twist the bottle until the cork is out (quietly) and without the load *pop*.  That said, we always say the pop of the cork is the universal sound of happy, and well, it’s hard to resist as it sets the scene and makes people smile.

How to Pour Champagne and Sparkling Wine
How to Pour Champagne and Sparkling Wine

TILTING THE GLASS

The reason you pour at 45-degree angle is so that the bubbles will hit a larger surface area of the glass, and it will reduce overfill and the bubbly over effect.

HOW MUCH TO POUR

Pro tip: if you only fill your glass halfway, you will always have cold bubbles and never have to worry about overfill. We are fans of super chilled bubbly so refill often vs topping it off.

Which Glass Should I Choose for Champagne and Sparkling Wine
Which Glass Should I Choose for Champagne and Sparkling Wine

TYPE OF GLASS

While the typical champagne flute is the go-to for Sparkling wine in America, it actually represses the aroma of the wine by having such a narrow top, so if you want to enjoy your wine, opt for a wider top.

In Italy Sparkling Wine is served in a white wine glass. This is because just like still wine, the more sparkling wine breathes, the more expressive it becomes on your palette.

The coupe is always a classic and evokes a nostalgia of a bygone era.  Rumor has it by some that it was modeled after Marie Antoinette’s breast – she drank copious (our coup-ious pun intended) amounts of the bubbles and had a flair for the extravagant.

We find that the Tulip is a nice compromise or mid-point between the glass styles and offers a nice elegance and a wider mouth.

THE GLASS AND ITS IMPACT ON THE BUBBLES

The bubbles are a naturally occurring feature in the bottle due to the secondary fermentation and the carbon dioxide which builds up and doesn’t escape since it is under pressure.  That said, the abundance of bubbles in a glass is enhanced by the nucleation points which occur from contact with the glass.  Thus, the greater the surface area of glass, the greater the impact on the bubbles.

The nucleation points are small defects in the glass that trap tiny vibrating pockets of carbon dioxide. Dissolved gas in the champagne or sparkling gradually collects in a vibrating bubble inside the defect, causing it to grow and soon expel gas from the defect, forming another bubble that sticks to the outside of the defect.

Additionally, micro-fibers from dish clothes used to buff the glasses and such also can form and create or entrap a tiny air pocket when Champagne is poured,” said physicist Gerard Liger-Belair. “Then, this tiny air pocket literally sucks the [dissolved] carbon dioxide.” The gas bubbles grow inside the fibers, detaching from them once they reach the tip of a fiber.

See other ways you can use your leftover Sparkling wine with our DIY Sparkling Wine Spa Treatments!

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Fun & Festive Fall Cocktails For Harvest Parties & Spooky Good Halloween Drinks For Adults

August 23, 2023

From harvest gatherings to Halloween parties and Thanksgiving cocktail hour, mix up festive & fun fall drinks for tailgates and spooky season! Award winning and affordable French sparkling wines make ideal mixers because of their inherent versatility in food pairing (great to pair  breakfast through dessert, savory to sweet) and add a fun effervescence to adult halloween drinks.

French Rosé: not just a summer drink! ​​The French even have an expression which translates to “rosé all year” or “rosé tout l’année”. The reality is that rosé goes great with a variety of flavors, as rosé has enough structure and body to stand up to heavier dishes without overwhelming more delicate ones. Ideal for summer, but rosé is equally good with a pizza and fire or Thanksgiving dinner. Read on for more on why rosé is a perfect fall wine.

Favorite Halloween Cocktails For A Spooky Good Time

Vampire Kiss, Vampire Bite or Witches Brew? Rosé wines are the perfect hue and flavor profile for spooky (& flirty!) Halloween-themed drinks and cocktails! With their practically foolproof versatility, these wines are ideal for pairing with anything from themed Halloween dinners, buttered popcorn, candy apples, and YES, even trick-or-treating candy, including both chocolate-covered and fruit-forward favorites. Don’t let the kids have all the fun – mix up something festive for the adults! Get the free Halloween cocktail recipe book here.

Sparkling Fall Cocktail Inspiration: Our Favorite Fall Drink Recipes For Thanksgiving & Tailgates | Fall Sangria, Apple Cider Mimosas, Autumn Punch & More

Fall Food & Wine Pairings | Thanksgiving Food & Drinks

Easy Fall Parties Blog has loads of inspiration with fun, festive sparkling fall cocktails, foolproof wine and fall food pairings, playlists that elevate the party, entertaining ideas, & BONUS wine lover’s gift guide! (Also see our fabulous feminine fall tailgate feature with Katie Jacobs!)

These are perfect guides for harvest gatherings, grown up halloween parties, fall holiday getaways, or a cozy winter’s night at home.

We’re committed to serving up the best and easiest ways to cultivate JOY in the everyday moments, especially during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Which is why we’ve put together several resources to make this holiday season a breeze, with more time around the table with friends and family.

Visit our Universal Sound Of Happy page to browse and download our seasonal guides!

Or visit our eBooks page for free brunch, bridal, gifting, and wine pairing guides + more.

Year Round Cocktails: More Inspired Sparkling & Rosé Cocktails

More Curated Sparkling Cocktail Recipe Booklets For Instant Download

Mix it up! We’ve compiled dozens of our favorite sparkling and rosé cocktail recipes and organized them for you for easy, effortless cocktail creation for any occasion! Enjoy a variety of Le Grand Courtâge Sparkling and Très Chic Rosé cocktail recipes in our curated cocktail booklets:

For convenience, you can find our SPARKLING COCKTAILS & TASTING NOTES booklet organized by spirit type here.

We’ve put together a list of our favorites in our SIGNATURE COCKTAILS Booklet if you’re looking for drinks to really WOW! Plus our NEW Rosé Cocktail Recipe Booklet featuring our Southern France Très Chic Rosé.

Need something mellow & light? Here is a Low-ABV, HEALTH-INSPIRED COCKTAILS Booklet for just the occasion!

Love the Aperol spritz? Find our SPRITZER COCKTAILS Booklet here for sparkling alternatives.

  • For more cocktail ideas, follow along on Pinterest & see our curated gift guide for the wine lover in your life (keep scrolling!)

Simple Ways To Elevate The Party | How To Dress Up Your Drinks

DIY: Fancy Ice Cubes & Sugared Fruit or Herbs

We love this easy, inexpensive way to upgrade the party! Eye catching and memorable decor for guests, floral ice, glitter ice, fruity, and herbed ice cubes add so much fun to the occasion.

Fun Ways to Serve Up Drinks & Dessert

It’s all in the presentation. For a festive twist, serve your favorite sparkling cocktails in ornament bulbs! Desserts in wine or martini glasses also serve up a little oh-la-la!

Beautiful Fun Cocktail Garnishes

Get into the seasonal spirit! We love pomegranate seeds, cinnamon , and rock candy swizzle sticks this time of year. Kick it up a notch by sugaring seasonal fruit or herbs for a simple way to add a little holiday magic.

Upgraded Rims | Sugar & Spice

A perfect way to highlight the flavors of the season, don’t forget to dress up the rims of your holiday cocktails! Cinnamon sugar and edible glitter are a couple of our favorites.

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Sparkling Wine, Champagne, Prosecco &/or Rose Cocktail Recipes to make at home

January 16, 2023

Wine Cocktail recipes, we made simple for you. Cocktails are always en vogue and set the scene for a level of sophistication and a little bit of fun.  Pop that cork and opt for sparkling wine cocktail options that won’t break the budget and are sure to please the guests.  We thought we’d provide lots of creative concepts for wine and sparkling cocktail recipes you can make at home.

Le Grand Courtage French sparkling wines

We made it easy for you with our palate profile and pricing, Le Grand Courtage French sparkling wines are an affordable everyday luxury that is ideal for the budding mixologist and home bartender.   With our Blanc de Blancs Brut and Brut Rose varietals in 750ml (<$20) & 187ml (<$7), we are a perfect go-to for your entertaining needs.  We hope to get your creative juices flowing (pun intended ;) by providing lots of recipes using wine.

The bubbles and acidity of sparkling wine provide a nice balance point for the palate to blend flavors, and lovely effervescence and textural elements to make for a fun, playful cocktail.

Sparkling wine is amazing in cocktails

You might be well-versed in thinking of topping off cocktails with Champagne and Prosecco, but it’s time to think pink and play with Sparkling Rosé as it adds a little more structure but also vibrant, youthful fruit notes that pair well with spirits.

Sparkling wine is amazing in cocktails. Even a small splash of bubbles can brighten up a drink, enlivening or lifting its flavors and making it feel an awful lot more festive.   Whether you are looking for cocktails for Brunch, a shower, a cocktail party, or an aperitif with friends, we have you covered with cocktails that go from brunch through to dessert.

Sparkling Wine, Champagne & Rosé Cocktails

Santé…  Cheers to being the Hostess with the Mostess and elevating and celebrating life and all the little and big occasions.  We’d love to hear what your favorites are from our Sparkling Wine, Champagne & Rosé Cocktails Recipes to make at home!

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How To Drink Rosé: Do’s and Don’ts

January 15, 2023

How to drink Rosé

How To Drink Rosé

The Do’s and Don’ts

If you’re wondering how to drink rosé the proper way, the first thing you need to know is this: don’t overthink it, just drink it. Here are the three takeaways you should know about drinking rosé.


 

Do mix it!

If you’re having a hard time drinking rosé on it’s own, then you should know that rosé makes for a great base and addition to cocktails. Most rosés have signature flavors of berries, floral, and melons, all of which are great bases to help complement spritzes and sour cocktails. The dryness, fruit and acidity make for a perfect balance to many spirits.

Do drink it all year.

Rosé is a versatile wine, which makes it a great aperitif or pairing with food. The rosé offers the best of both worlds as it has white wine structure and red wine flavors, so it can be as light or intense as wanted when pairing. It’s the perfect ‘in between’ wine because of it’s added structure and complexity yet subtle, clean finish. It also makes for a good ‘white wine alternative’ for typically red wine-leaning drinkers.

Don’t overpay.

A great rosé doesn’t have to come with a high price tag. $15-$20 is the fastest growing segment across all wine sales – Nielson 2017. And trust us, there is no shortage of quality wine within this price range.

Priced at $16.99 retail, Très Chic rosé is an affordable, everyday rosé with an elegant, yet approachable label.

 

Use code (LGCPROMO) for 15% your first purchase of Rosé Wine from us.

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Ultimate Valentine’s & Galentine’s Party Ideas

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Toast to the gals with woman-owned wines!

Ultimate Galentine’s Party: Owned & managed entirely by women, we at Le Grand Courtâge raise a glass to the leading ladies in our lives, the friendships we hold dear! Translating to The Great Courtship, we celebrate the courtshipbetween French and American wine culture, grapes from different regions, old and new world wine styles, and of course relationships between people that truly make our lives meaningful.

Use code (LGCPROMO) for 15% your first purchase of Sparkling Wine from us.

We’ve curated some chic, elevated ideas to celebrate Galentine’s Day with your gal pals. All the info below is contained in this downloadable Galentine’s Inspiration Booklet.

♥ Make an adorable galentine-inpsired snack board.
♥  Just for fun: a wine and cheese tasting party.
♥  Create easy, fruity ice for an elevated cocktail garnish.
♥  Work together to mix up a besties cocktail recipe.
♥  Keep it light and fresh with a heart shaped caprese salad.
♥  Have 187ml bottles of bubbly for table settings or individual champagne toasts.
♥  Host a card making and cocktails night in with friends.For more ideas, follow along on  Pinterest!
♥  Paint & Sip – How about some ‘bubbles & brushes’ to let your creative juices flow?
♥  Rom-Com Movie Night – Gather your girls together for a night of binge-watching your favorite romantic movies. There are plenty of options to keep your ultimate Galentine’s Party night going (including the heartfelt yet ill-fated love story of Jack and Rose from The Titanic.

Menu

Hosting an elevated brunch? Or maybe a ladies night in? Keep it simple! Prepare a few items ahead of time and have each guest bring something they love –  you’ll save time and there will be more time for fun! Use our curated cocktail recipe booklet here to mix up something fun!

We make your morning mimosas easy with out Mimosa kit.

Garnishes

Get creative! We love simple cotton candy on top of a glass of bubbles. A simple lemon twist is always chic, and you can really add a touch of elegance with lovely florals.

Playlist

Music really sets the mood at  any party. We’ve curated some of our favorites here for our favorite stations we love for any occasion but below is all about empowerment for the ladies! Sing along or have a lip sync battle to really add to the party!

Colbie Caillat’s “Try”
Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire”
Rachel Platten – Fight Song
Demi Lovato’s “Confident”
Beyonce’s “Run the World”
Hailee Steinfeld’s “Love Myself”
Selena Gomez’s “Who Says”
Martina McBride’s “This One’s For the Girls”
Katy Perry’s “Roar”
Destiny’s Child “Independent Women”
Robyn’s “Dancing on my Own”
Cher’s “Strong Enough”

Details: Pop, Fizz, Clink! The Universal Sound of HAPPY! An affordable, award -winning line up of woman-owned French wines celebrating courtships is the ultimate detail! Cheers to the gals!

Simple, Easy, & FUN!

White & Milk Chocolate Fondue By Christina Lang of Dessert For Two

Ingredients

Chocolate fondue:

♥  5 ounces chocolate (chips or chopped chocolate)
♥  1/3 cup half and half

White chocolate fondue:

♥ 5 ounces white chocolate (chips or chopped chocolate).
♥ 1/3 cup half and half

For serving:

♥ Baguette cut in cubes
♥ Pretzels
♥ Fresh pineapple
♥ Strawberries
♥ Cream cheese cut in squares
♥ Marshmallows
♥ Cookies
♥ Your favorite things!

Instructions:

Place each type of chocolate chip into serving container. Heat the half and half in a microwave-safe dish until boiling. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t boil over! Pour the half and half over each dish. Let it sit for 1 minute without stirring. Stir the mixture together until it is smooth and creamy. At first, it won’t look like it will come together, but it will! Keep stirring! Serve each fondue with fresh fruit, cookies, and marshmallows. Enjoy!

Galentines party diy ideas

Special Galentine Delivery

Separated by distance but never in heart! Send a sparkling Galentine’s Gift to your besties who can’t gather for a party using our wine lover’s gift guide:

Embrace the French spirit of joie de vivre, share some sparkle, & spread JOY!

Gift giving should be fun, easy, & thoughtful and you can’t go wrong gifting award-winning, elegant, French wines.

Each scoring 90+ points, these bottles make beautiful, elevated gifts everyone appreciates, especially if shopping for the wine lover in your life!

We offer more wine-related gift options:

Spread Joy Delivery

Gift Bags, Gift Baskets, & Gift Boxes

Pamper Me Gift Set

Wine Club Subscription

Favors

Wine Sleeves

For more ideas of Galentines Valentines girls night wine and Ultimate Galentine’s Party follow along on Pinterest!

 “Maybe we could be each other’s soul mates. And then we could let men be just these great nice guys to have fun with.” – Charlotte York, SATC

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