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The Spirits are Calling. Will you answer? Join us July 15-19, 2015 as the international spirits community answers the call, returning for another spirited round of Tales of the Cocktail®.
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Saturday, July 18 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Fleeting Bubbles: Rare Champagne Tasting

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Party like its 1999 with this rare opportunity to taste Champagnes no longer available outside of private collections! Taste tête de cuvées from the mid-to-late 90s along with Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs and Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs from one of the only major Champagne houses to produce these varietals as grand crus, which are not available anywhere in the U.S. Doug Frost (MS, MW) and Rob Bigelow (MS) will present a deep-dive into the world of Champagne with insight from category expert Monsieur Olivier Zorel. These esteemed panelists will discuss Champagne’s past, present, and future in an ever evolving liquid landscape.

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Rob Bigelow

Director of Wine Education, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
As Senior Director of Wine Education and On-Premise Development, Rob Bigelow oversees all wine education programs for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. As part of his dual responsibilities he also plays a critical role in the company’s work with key stakeholders in the on-premise trade. Bigelow holds the coveted title of Master Sommelier, which he was awarded in 2002 as the fiftieth American recipient and the seventh American to pass all three... Read More →

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Doug Frost

Managing Partner, Beverage Alcohol Resource
Doug Frost is a Kansas City author who writes and lectures about wine, beer and spirits. In 1991 he passed the rigorous Master Sommelier examination and two years later became America’s eighth Master of Wine. He was the second person in history to complete both exams and more than two decades later he is still one of only four people in the world to have achieved both these remarkable distinctions. According to USA Today, "Frost likely knows as... Read More →
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Olivier Zorel

French native Olivier Zorel brings more than 15 years of sales and marketing experience in the international wine business, having worked with some of the most famous brands in the industry. | | After completing business studies in Paris, New York, and Tokyo, Zorel began his career in Manhattan selling French and Californian wines. He continued his career with a return to his native France, working in both Paris and Bordeaux on such famous... Read More →


Saturday July 18, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Bonnet Carre Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130