Red Champagne: Gerbais Coteaux Champenois

Still red wine is made in Champagne. You will not find a lot stateside, but they are here. Gerbais is one of our favorite growers in Champagne, and their bubbles are well worth seeking out, but they also make one of the best still wines we've had from Champagne, and at a reasonable price*. If you're into Pinot Noir**, you owe it to yourself to try a Coteaux Champenois at some point. Gerbais Coteaux Champenois 2019 - $55 This note is from 24 hours after opening with half the b

Old Vine Champagne: Sebastien Girost Dure Peine

You've definitely heard of two of the major grapes of Champagne, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and you've probably heard of Pinot Meunier, the other one*. Most Champagne is a blend of the three, but there's a good chance you've had some pure Chardonnay or pure Pinot Noir from Champagne. Pure Pinot Meunier? It's a thing, more and more common lately, but far from the norm, and I bet most of you have not tried one yet. The first pure Pinot Meunier Champagne I tried was Egly-Ouriet'

Champagne Growers

We love Champagne. Dominated by large companies that buy grapes from a multitude of the region’s grape growers, Champagne has seen a surge in growers who keep their grapes to make their own bibulous bubbles on a small scale. We love Champagne, but we love these small-production Champagnes the most. Egly-Ouriet Along with Selosse, Egly-Ouriet is the original grower that let the world know that the finest of Champagne did not have to come from one of “Les Grande Marques” (liter

Surprising Sparklers

We've always got a wide selection of bubbles at Craft and Cru, and we're always keen to introduce people to something new in the category. Folias de Baco UIVO Pinot Noir 'PT NAT' 2018 Most of you didn't get to try this last year. The local distributor sold out in 36 hours, and we sold our stash in about a week. With the 2018 vintage, we're determined to reach a wider audience, so we'll open a bottle for you on Saturday. It's a bit of an oddball: Pinot Noir grown in the Douro,