Champagne Night Out with Peter Liem
March 3, Friday, at 18.30-23.00
Please reserve your spot by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. First come, first served.
Why shouldn’t we drink & dine in the company of Peter Liem, one of the world's leading Champagne critics? During this unique champagne dinner, we will enjoy a series of excellent Champagne’s rarities from different corners of the region, unravelling the labyrinths of the unique terroir of Champagne and indulging in the magic of dishes created by Barents’ chefs.
We will serve iconic champagnes of the great Champagne houses and growers, like 2012 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses, which Charles Philipponnat considers the best Clos des Goisses ever, the rare 2004 Geoffroy Terre from magnums, the exquisite 2008 Paul Bara Comtesse Marie de France, a 100% pinot noir excellence from the village of Bouzy, and a string of other surprises that we will report on soon. The evening will kick off with magnums of Collard-Picard Dom Picard Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru, kindly presented by Olivier Collard and his family Champagne house.
We might be joined by Champagne winemakers or representatives who will have arrived in Riga for the Riga Wine & Champagne Festival. For a sparkling end to the evening, we invite guests to bring their favourite bottles of champagne with them - so that there is something to put a beautiful end to the already saturated evening program!
About Peter Liem: Peter Liem is an American wine writer, and author of ChampagneGuide.net, an award-winning and highly acclaimed online guide to the wines and wine producers of Champagne, as well as the book Champagne, recipient of both a James Beard Award and the André Simon Award. Following nearly a decade in the wine trade, he was a senior editor, critic and tasting director for Wine & Spirits magazine, and his writings on champagne, sherry and other wines have appeared in publications such as The World of Fine Wine, Decanter, The Art of Eating and The San Francisco Chronicle. Liem has also served as Champagne consultant for the 7th edition of The World Atlas of Wine, by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson, and is the Regional Chair for Champagne at the Decanter World Wine Awards. He has authored, together with Jesús Barquín, Sherry, Manzanilla & Montilla, which Jancis Robinson has praised highly, and which Ray Isle of Food & Wine magazine says is “arguably the single best book ever written on sherry.” In addition, he partnered with Rosemary Gray to create Sherryfest, one of the world’s largest sherry events, featuring sherry tastings, educational seminars and sherry dinners with participating winemakers. In a similar vein, he has partnered with Daniel Johnnes of La Paulée de New York to create La Fête du Champagne, the most high-profile Champagne event in the United States to date. Making its debut in October of 2014, La Fête du Champagne features exclusive tastings, seminars and wine dinners with the Champagne region’s finest producers. Liem currently resides in Épernay, in the Champagne region of France. He is also a GUE-certified technical and cave diver, and will likely be found somewhere underwater whenever away from the world of wine.
Where: Barents, Old Riga
Dinner menu: to be published soon
Dinner Champagnes: to be finalised soon
When? March 3, 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: EUR 249. Please reserve your spot by writing to email@example.com. First come, first served.