GrapestoBottles

Zoofari Conference Center

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In a Nutshell

Guests can sample from a selection of more than 30 different wines sourced from all over the world.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Sep 27, 2014. Amount paid never expires. Merchant is solely responsible for all sales and delivery of alcohol. Must provide 21+ ID to receive alcoholic beverages. Limit 5 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Online reservation required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $30 for Sept 27th, 6 - 8 p.m.: Wine Social Tasting With Lions for one ($49.52 value)
  • $30 for Sept 27th, 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.: Wine Social Tasting With Lions for one ($49.52 value)

Champagne: Bubbles Born in a Bottle

Sparkling wine is crafted using the same method as the world’s most famous beverage: champagne. Check out our guide to the complex process behind the pop!

The unmistakable pop of the cork, the fizz that gently tickles the palate, the tiny bubbles of wine that spring from the surface. Of all the qualities that define champagne, none is more distinctive than its effervescence, though how that sparkle comes to be is a long and intricate process. In truth, the term champagne refers exclusively to sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region of France, although many wineries around the world have adopted the méthode champenoise to recreate the authentic fizz.

First, vintners prepare a batch of white wine—typically chardonnay, pinot noir, pinot meunier, or a blend of all three—and add yeast to each bottle before sealing it with a cap. Over anywhere from a few months to several years, the yeast ferments the wine again, trapping carbon dioxide within the bottle. Finally, vintners remove the yeast—a process known as disgorgement—and coronate the royal elixir with a new cork and a crown of protective wire.

In 2005, a professor at the University of Reims (in the Champagne region, incidentally) shattered a long-held belief about the key to extra-bubbly bubbly. For centuries, champagne connoisseurs had thought the champagne flute’s abundance of microscopic divots was responsible for the occurrence of bubbles, which can only form when the gas is disturbed by tiny imperfections. But Gérard Liger-Belair had a new explanation, elegance be damned: it’s actually dirt—namely, the tiny fragments of dust and hand-towel particles that naturally cling to every glass—that provides the impetus for bubbles to spring forth.

Regardless of the cause, as the bubbles rise, they carry the essence of the wine with them, releasing its complex, aromatic compounds as they burst to create champagne’s rich, ethereal flavor. You may want to be wary when raising a toast at a formal event, though, as bubbles can fall victim to a surprising culprit: lipstick. Experts warn that fat molecules, such as those found in peanuts or lip gloss, can break the bubble walls before they ever have a chance to reach your tongue.

GrapestoBottles

Discovering new wines from around the world is only half the fun at the tastings GrapestoBottles schedules. Each event also serves as an opportunity mingle and socialize in a casual, cocktail-party-like atmosphere. Tastings explore several different themes throughout the year, presenting an opportunity to learn about unfamiliar varietals. One event might focus on the stylistic differences between Old-World and New-World producers. Another may stick with a particular region, country, or subterranean kingdom. Regardless of the focus, every GrapestoBottles tasting provides a chance for attendees to hone palates and sample new wines while meeting like-minded enophiles in an unpretentious setting.

Customer Reviews

47 Ratings

Wonderful friendly staff, our group had a great time at their event!
Lauren L. · March 10, 2014
More sweet red wines
Nick R. · February 16, 2014
The event was so fun! We really enjoyed ourselves and would definitely go to another event
Kelly S. · February 5, 2014
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    Zoofari Conference Center

    9715 W. Bluemound Rd.

    Milwaukee, WI 53226

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