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Women sample wide variety of wines

Story and photos by Carolyn Pope

Fifty-five women sampled in a grand selection of sparkling wines last week at the French Press in Edwards, which included everything from a traditional Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rose to a sparkling Shiraz from Australia.

Michelle Courtney of Beaver Liquors came up with the concept a year or two ago.

“Women buy the majority of the wine,” she explained. “This helps give them the confidence to make an educated decision on what to buy.”



Courtney and her husband, David, are part owners of Beaver Liquors in Avon. Courtney started the wine tasting series with the intention of educating women on wine in a non-intimidating environment with female wine representatives as the educators.

Of course, fun and fine food are essential ingredients to a successful evening.



A flirtatious and fruity Marchesi di Gresy “Moscato di Asti” was paired with the cheese platter, followed by a grilled scallop bruschetta accented with the crisper Zardetto Prosecco and Seaview Brut. You get the picture.

The ladies were educated on the differences between champagne and sparkling wine – it’s not a champagne unless it’s from Champagne. They also learned about the methode champenoise – how those little bubbles are added – and the different grapes and flavors in each glass.

The six-course dinner was artfully prepared by the executive chef of the French Press, Angelee Aurillo.



“Coming from Manhattan, the rustic interior (of the French Press) and the gourmet food emulates New York style in a down-to-earth way,” said Emma Nakakuki, a corporate financial lawyer from Manhattan.

And, ladies, if you missed this round of “Women on Wine,” you’re not out of luck. Beaver Liquors will be offering a summer series, too.

You can find out more information by e-mailing Michelle at Beaver Liquors, at michelle@beaverliquors.com.


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