“Champagne for the people” is the tagline, and the selection lives up to it. Launched in 2015 by winebuyer Jim Coley, bartender Caitlin Corcoran and chef Howard Hanna—all local luminaries in their fields—the list is packed with affordable buys, from Les Vins Pirouettes’s buttery, rich Alsace Crémant de Stéphane at $44 to a host of grower Champagnes at less than $100, including lesser-seen names like Alexandre Penet and Sylvie Paulhiac-Delalot. The focus is on low-intervention, organic and biodynamically produced bottles alongside a menu of salty, cheesy things, like gougères, croques and roasted potatoes with Green Dirt Farm Prairie Tomme.
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This story appears in the print issue of December 2018.
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