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Popping the Cork on Calgary ’ s Champagne Scene

From bubbly cocktails to vintage growers , Calgary offers France ’ s finest by don tse
Nobody ever had a bad day , downed a flute of Champagne and slammed it down on the bar , demanding the bartender pour another . Champagne is reserved for celebrations . With this celebratory spirit in mind , Nathan Newman created Calgary ’ s first Champagne bar , Untitled Champagne Lounge , adding an elegant alternative to the city ’ s nightlife .
“ We visited some world-class cocktail bars in New York and wanted to bring that to Calgary ,” says Newman . “ We wanted something people can dress up for and Champagne has always been associated with celebrations and fun . When people drink Champagne , it automatically means they ’ re going to have a good time .”
Untitled ’ s specialty is cocktails made with any of over 30 Champagnes offered by the glass , all kept fresh by a commercial-grade Perlage champagne preservation system . Serving by the glass also allows Untitled to offer Champagne flights for those wanting to explore the breadth and depth of France ’ s famed fizz .
Untitled has selections of Champagne not available anywhere else in Alberta , including 1995 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires Brut , 2002 Pommery Cuvée Louise , 2006 Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé and many others . And for those who just cannot get enough bubbly , Untitled also offers many vintages of large-format Champagnes , all the way up to six-litre Methuselahs .
While Untitled emphasizes celebration and festivity , Bar Von Der Fels emphasizes the Champagne itself . “ Demand for singular or grower ( single-vineyard ) Champagnes with very pronounced flavours is growing and we treat ours as we treat other wine ,” says co-owner Thomas Dahlgren . “ They ’ re one of the best things you can do for a meal . A nice blanc de noirs ( Champagne made solely with Pinot Noir grapes ) goes great with steak . We haven ’ t had a single flute in the building . We serve our Champagne in Burgundy or Syrah glasses to emphasize the aromas and flavours .”
“ Even well-travelled enthusiasts are going to find Champagnes here you ’ re unlikely to find at retail anywhere else , including in Champagne itself ,” Dahlgren adds . “ We have some really cool stuff .”
Dahlgren advises guests looking for something special to ask for the cellar list ; the regular menu does not list rarities like 2012 Roses de Jeanne Rosé de Saignée ‘ Creux d ’ Enfer ’ and 2013 Ulysse-Collin ‘ Les Pierrieres ’ Blanc de blanc , made solely with Chardonnay grapes . And for those willing to explore wines from outside of France , Dahlgren would be delighted to pour a bottle of 1991 Riesling Sekt from Germany for you , a sparkling Riesling produced in the Champagne method and aged on lees for an incredible 25 years .
Alberta ’ s famed liquor distribution system has allowed passionate alcohol importers to bring some of the best and rarest alcohols , including Champagne , to the province . For those who share a like passion , Calgary offers an unparalleled selection of the world ’ s finest beverages . That , in itself , is worthy of celebration .
Untitled Champagne Lounge , 104 , 620 - 8 Ave SW , 403-475-7226 ; Bar Von Der Fels , 1005A - 1 Street SW , 587-349-2656
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Popping the Cork on Calgary’s Champagne Scene From bubbly cocktails to vintage growers, Calgary offers France’s finest by don tse “We visited some world-class cocktail bars in New York and wanted to bring that to Calgary,” says Newman. “We wanted something people can dress up for and Champagne has always been associated with celebrations and fun. When people drink Champagne, it automatically means they’re going to have a good time.” Untitled’s specialty is cocktails made with any of over 30 Champagnes offered by the glass, all kept fresh by a commercial-grade Perlage champagne preservation system. Serving by the glass also allows Untitled to offer Champagne flights for those wanting to explore the breadth and depth of France’s famed fizz. Untitled has selections of Champagne not available anywhere else in Alberta, including 1995 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires Brut, 2002 Pommery Cuvée Louise, 2006 Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé and many others. And for those who just cannot get enough bubbly, Untitled also offers many vintages of large-format Champagnes, all the way up to six-litre Methuselahs. While Untitled emphasizes celebration and festivity, Bar Von Der Fels emphasizes the Champagne itself. “Demand for singular or grower (single-vineyard) Champagnes 56   THE ESSENTIAL CALGARY 2018 with very pronounced flavours is growing and we treat ours as we treat other wine,” says co-owner Thomas Dahlgren. “They’re one of the best things you can do for a meal. A nice blanc de noirs (Champagne made solely with Pinot Noir grapes) goes great with steak. We haven’t had a single flute in the building. We serve our Champagne in Burgundy or Syrah glasses to emphasize the aromas and flavours.” “Even well-travelled enthusiasts are going to find Champagnes here you’re unlikely to find at retail anywhere else, including in Champagne itself,” Dahlgren adds. “We have some really cool stuff.” Dahlgren advises guests looking for something special to ask for the cellar list; the regular menu does not list rarities like 2012 Roses de Jeanne Rosé de Saignée ‘Creux d’Enfer’ and 2013 Ulysse-Collin ‘Les Pierrieres’ Blanc de blanc, made solely with Chardonnay grapes. And for those willing to explore wines from outside of France, Dahlgren would be delighted to pour a bottle of 1991 Riesling Sekt from Germany for you, a sparkling Riesling produced in the Champagne method and aged on lees for an incredible 25 years. Alberta’s famed liquor distribution system has allowed passionate alcohol importers to bring some of the best and rarest alcohols, including Champagne, to the province. For those who share a like passion, Calgary offers an unparalleled selection of the world’s finest beverages. That, in itself, is worthy of celebration. Untitled Champagne Lounge, 104, 620 - 8 Ave SW, 403-475-7226; Bar Von Der Fels, 1005A - 1 Street SW, 587-349-26 )9䁕ٕȁ䰁ݹ)є ͱЁݸ)ѡȰѡѕ)ȁѡȸ ́ɕ͕ٕ)Ʌѥ̸]Ѡѡ́ɅѽɥЁ)9ѡ9ݵɕѕ e)Ё ȰUѥѱ )1չЁѕɹѥٔѼѡ)éѱ$