The granddaddy of Champagne bars, Pops opened in 1982, with 13 sparkling wines and a stack of jazz cassettes. Since then, it’s morphed from a funky jazz club where White Star was the order of the day to a swank downtown boîte with 150 sparklers. Owner Tom Verhey says he and his daughter, Sara, no longer feel the need to be completist in their list; rather, they aim to ofter the most compelling bottles of the moment, whether that’s the latest vintages from Salon and Vilmart & Cie or rarities like Sapience 2006, a collaboration between Champagne grower-producers Benoît Marguet, Benoît Lahaye, Vincent Laval and David Léclapart. For something local, check out Illinois Sparkling Company’s Rosé Brut Ombré, a sparkling chambourcin.
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This story appears in the print issue of December 2018.
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