While up in the culinary town of Yountville in Napa Valley, I met Pauline Lhote, one of the top California winemakers and Director of Winemaking at Domaine Chandon. She and her team are excited to debut two new festive, limited-edition Brut bottles – one in silver and gold and the other in hot pink and gold.

JW: These new bottles are so pretty and perfect for the holidays. Was that your plan?

CHANDON: The Chandon Brut enhances a tablescape for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Eve celebration. It’s elegant gold foil neck and effervescent label takes any holiday gathering to a new level. Both bubbly beverages pair well with a roasted turkey, pasta dishes, sliced ham and savory roast.

JW: Tell me about your collaboration with BaubleBar:

CHANDON: We have launched a beautiful limited-edition holiday collection with accessories brand BaubleBar. BaubleBar’s founders Amy Jain and Daniella Yacobovsky have collaborated Pauline Lhote and Chandon to create a Stars Are Aligned layered gold coin necklace. It’s an ideal gift to give with a bottle of California Brut of Rose’.Chandon_G_03JW: These bottles perfectly describe the company motto “Born to be Bubbly, made to Sparkle.” What is the difference between Brut and Champagne?

CHANDON: Brut is a sparkling wine that is dry and not too sweet. Sparkling wines are all about geography and varieties of grapes. Champagne is from France, Cava is from Spain and Prosecco is from Italy. The bubbly from Domaine Chandon are made from the same three noble grape varietals: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Meunier.


JW: How does your Chandon Rose’ get it’s rose petal color?

CHANDON: It’s all about more contact with red grape skins when making the fruity rose’ sparkling wine. Besides offering color, this wine displays a hint of cherry, strawberry and juicy watermelon aroma and flavor profile.


JW: What does one do if they still have wine left in the bottle? How long can you keep the effervescence?

CHANDON: After purchasing a bottles of Brut, store them on their side to prevent the cork from drying out. Be sure to keep your bottles in a cool and dark spot or in the refrigerator for a few weeks before opening. If you still have wine left in the bottle, use a sparkling stopper to keep the Chandon bubbles fresh to pour the next morning for holiday mimosas.

To learn more, go to Chandon.com.