The Champagne Challenge-Two Upcoming Events presents: The Champagne Challenge 

Two upcoming events, one in April and one in May


Who doesn’t love Champagne?  Especially 21 different sparkling side by side!  Yes - you read that correctly, we taste 21 different selections, 3-at-a-time and blind. The crowd roars when we reveal which you preferred. It’s as much fun as you can have wine tasting!  These luxurious tasting events give you great insights as we cover the details of each wine after it is revealed. We tell you what you're tasting, just not which glass it is in!  This is a tasting program that has been perfected by Sommelier Ian Blackburn and he is a most excellent host for the spontaneous excitement this event creates! It must be seen to be believed.

_____________________ ✦  Upcoming Dates ✦_____________________
Sunday, April 16th @ 3:30PM
The Champagne Challenge 
 at COMUNITYmade in the Arts District of Downtown LA - Get tickets here!
Saturday, May 6th @ 3:30PM 
The “Caviar Eggs Benedict” Edition of the Champagne Challenge!
 at Papille Gustative in Santa Monica (home of “LA’s Best Benedict” )  Get tickets here!
_____ ✦  Example Wine List (From our last event)✦______
Each and every session features a unique line with very few wines repeated
Tete Challenge Flight:
  1. Piper-Heidsieck "Rare" Brut Millésime, Champagne, France, 2008
  2. Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, France, 2011
  3. Roederer “Cristal” Brut, Champagne, France, 2013
Challenge Flight:
  1. J. Lasalle, Cachet d'Or, Premier Cru Brut, Champagne, France, NV
  2. Aubry, Brut, Champagne, France, NV
  3. Pehu Simonet, 'Face Nord' Brut, Champagne, France, NV
  4. J.L. Vergnon, 'Conversation' Blanc de Blancs Brut Grand Cru, Champagne, France, NV
  5. Mangin et Fils, Brut Nature, Champagne, France, NV
  6. Doyard, Cuvée Vendémiaire, Blanc de Blancs, Brut 1er Cru, Champagne, France, NV
  7. Charles Heidsieck, Brut Reserve, Champagne, France, NV
  8. Louis Roederer, Collection 242, Brut, Champagne, France, NV
  9. Billecart-Salmon, Brut Reserve, Champagne, France, NV
  10. Taittinger, Brut Reserve Champagne, France NV
  11. Ployez-Jacquemart, Extra Quality Brut, Champagne, France, NV
  12. André Robert, Les Jardins du Mesnil Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut, Champagne, France, NV
Welcome and Education Flight:
  1. Veuve Fourny et Fils, Blanc de Blancs, Brut Premier Cru, Champagne, France, NV
  2. Champagne Gremillet, Blanc de Noirs Brut, Champagne, France, NV
  3. Pol Roger, Brut Reserve, Champagne, France, NV
  4. Cleto Chiarli, Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro Amabile DOC, Emilia-Romagna, Italy, NV
  5. Domaine Collin, Crémant de Limoux Cuvée Tradition Brut, Languedoc-Roussillon, France, NV
  6. Sorelle Bronca Extra-Dry Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG, Veneto, Italy, NV
Ian Blackburn is an educational ambassador for the region of Champagne and has hosted Champagne classes at major universities, private clubs, and for various retailers on the west coast.