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Curated Holiday Ideas To Simplify Life & Spread Joy

The magic of the holiday season is about spreading joy.   Think about your happiest holiday memories. Most probably involve the senses — the aroma of cookies baking, the sound of children singing carols, the giddy pleasure of shiny lights — and the time spent decorating, plotting and anticipating with family and friends. 

At our core, Le Grand Courtâge has always been about meaningful connection and more than anything, 2020 has taught us that what we appreciate most is the time with family and friends.

We wanted to offer some tips to simplify the Holidays and NYE so you can Stress Less and Enjoy More!

We hope that the below Holiday hacks will help to elevate the holiday merriment and alleviate some of the burden:

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Le Grand Courtâge Paloma Frosé

Ingredients

  • 1 – 12 oz can grapefruit sparkling water (aka pamplemousse)
  • 4 oz tequila
  • ½ Grapefruit, juiced
  • 1 Large Lime, juiced
  • 3-4 Tbsp Agave nectar
  • 1 Bottle Le Grand Courtâge Brut Rosé

Directions

Pour the rosé wine and the grapefruit sparkling water into a large baking dish such as Pyrex. Place in thefreezer for 24 hours or until the rosé is frozen solid but will not freeze completely since it’s alcohol.

Add the tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice & agave to a high-speed blender. Transfer the frozen rosé + sparkling water into the blender. Cover and blend until combined.

Serve immediately, garnished with grapefruit zest or wedges as desired.

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Le Grand Courtâge Cucumber Jalapeño Mojito

Ingredients

Directions

Add all ingredients except for bubbles. Muddle, shake and strain into glass then add the bubbles. Top with ice. Garnish with a cucumber wheel and mint sprig.

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Le Grand Courtâge Strawberry Lemonade Peach Sparkling Frosé

Ingredients

2 cup Le Grand Courtâge Brut Rosé, chilled
1 cup of Natalie’s OJ Strawberry Lemonade, frozen into ice cubes
2 cups peaches, chopped and frozen

Directions

1. In a blender jar, combine chilled Sparkling Rose, frozen cubes of Strawberry Lemonade and frozen peaches
2. Blend until smooth
3. Pour into champagne flutes

(Makes 4-6 drinks)

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Le Grand Courtâge What is the difference between sparkling wine and Champagne?

A question that we are often asked is, “What is the difference between “Sparkling Wine” and “Champagne”? The easy and short answer is that sparkling wine can only be called Champagne if it comes from the region of Champagne, France, which is just outside of Paris. Further, champagne can only be made using Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes.

To clarify, all Champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne. We really should think of Champagne in terms of a geographical location as opposed to a winemaking style.

Where do the bubbles come from?

Sparkling wine is made by taking the simple formula for fermentation (sugar + yeast = alcohol and CO2), and not allowing the resulting gas to escape. When you ferment wine in a closed or sealed environment, and don’t let the gas from the fermentation escape, the carbon dioxide (CO2) returns into the wine, only to be released in the form of tiny bubbles after opening the bottle.

Types of Sparkling Wine

Producers from every region of the world have seized the upon the popularity of bubbly and the rising cost of champagne.

  • Cava – In Spain, cava is made in many different styles, but the best examples have small bubbles and balance freshness with creaminess.
  • Prosecco – The wines that sparkle in Italy, or more specifically the Veneto region of Italy, are called Prosecco and have larger bubbles, making them better for cocktails, and a focus on the fruit. They use the charmat method and are produced in large tanks.
  • Sekt – In Austria and Germany, they call sparkling wines Sekt (pronounced zekt).
  • Cremant – France is known for its ‘champagne’ in which the fermentation occurs inside each bottle. Additionally, wines of the same traditional ‘methode champenoise’ are produced in other regions of the country and are called  ‘cremant’.  They too sometimes use the charmat method.
  • Some of the lower priced bubbly wines that you see in the stores are actually injected with bubbles, much like soda, so it isn’t definitionally sparkling wine in the proper context.

Three Hallmarks of a Good Sparkler

Fresh: Bright and alive in your mouth, fruity but not necessarily sweet.

Precise: On the tongue, the wine should feel direct and penetrating. Precision is more about the acid, which is mandatory for good sparkling wines.

Sparkling: Small bubbles are a sign of high-quality wine.

Whether sparkling wine or champagne, sparkling wine is gaining in popularity as people realize that it is the most versatile wine for pairing (aka the scrubbing bubbles for the palate) and transitions beautifully from breakfast to dessert and light dishes to fried foods, spicy cuisine, or rich sauces. They’re also great as aperitifs and with dishes that have a bit of fruitiness or sweetness. Looking for pairing and cocktail inspiration? Hop over to our entertain page for some delicious and refreshing recipes.

About Us

At Le Grand Courtâge, we created a Vin Mousseux using the “cuve close” (“closed tank” method, otherwise known as Charmat method) in order to create a consistency in the style.  Our 90+ point French sparkling wines are produced in Nuits St Georges in Burgundy, France. We offer a Blanc de Blancs Brut and a Brut Rosé and use Chardonnay, Ugni Blanc, Colombard, Chenin Blanc and Gamay in our blends in order to offer a dry, crisp, light palate with just a hint of fruit and floral on the finish in order to create a balanced flavor profile. We wanted to create something which is extremely cuisine and cocktail-friendly.

Tawnya Falkner, the American female founder and CEO of Le Grand Courtâge and ​Très Chic Rosé, took the leap and moved to France with the intent to create an affordable luxury that celebrates and elevates the everyday and reminds people to live joyously.  Her goal was an approachable, affordable, versatile French bubbly that is perfect for all of life’s occasions and everyday moments. Cheers!

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Le Grand Courtâge Rosé Floral Sparkling Cocktail

12 oz Le Grand Courtâge Brut Rosé
12 oz Grapefruit juice
6 oz Vodka
½ oz of Mint simple syrup
Edible flowers for petal garnishes

Combine the vodka, grapefruit juice, Brut Rosé, and simple syrup and shake over ice until chilled, then strain and fill glasses.

In collaboration with Sugarandcloth.com

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