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Wine.com Presents an Evening of Bubbly with Champagne's Leading Cellar Masters
Join us for an evening of Champagne featuring Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, and Ruinart!

Wine.com host Gwendolyn Osborn will lead a conversation with three of Champagne's highest acclaimed Chef de Caves (aka Winemakers) as they discuss their region which is home to the world’s most prized bubbly. We will be live streaming on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 4:00-4:45pm PST / 7:00-7:45pm EST.

Order your bottles and participate in this unique tasting. For this event we have chosen to present 375ML half-bottles, you can open all three and learn their different styles.

Dec 1, 2020 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Benoît Gouez
@Moët & Chandon
Benoît Gouez joined Moët & Chandon in 1998 and become Chef de Cave in 2005. “My career path was shaped by series of chance encounters and fortunate circumstances, and, above all, by an innate flair for this profession.” Thanks to his keen instincts, Gouez quickly grasped the Moët & Chandon spirit. “Champagne is all about sharing. I love dinners with friends, good conversation, exchanging ideas and different points of view.” Gouez’s enthusiasm and expertise propelled him to his current position as Chef de Cave. For Gouez, winemaking consists of a subtle mix of technique and sensitivity, knowledge and creativity. As the guardian of the Moët & Chandon’s character and spirit, he leads a diverse team of winemakers – women and men of different age, backgrounds and countries – with one mission in mind: respect and enhance the noble product of the terroir to craft excellent champagnes, defined as the Maison’s interpretation of the grapes.
Didier Mariotti
@Veuve Clicquot
Didier Mariotti was born into a family of Lausanne-based winemakers in 1971, and developed a passion for fine winemaking at an early age. He studied in Nancy and graduated from ENSAIA with a degree in Food & Beverage Engineering in 1995. Didier decided then to move to Reims where he spent several years with Moët & Chandon (working on reserve wine storage, wine traceability, setting up new IT systems, etc.) and received his Diploma of Oenology in 1999. In 1999, he became Deputy Cellar Master at Nicolas Feuillatte. He joined Mumm in 2003 and was appointed Chief Winemaker & Wine Director in 2006. He was responsible for wine creation (tasting still wines, blending, creating new cuvées, involved in dosage trials, etc.). He also worked within the organization on market support and management, heading up an oenology team of 80 people. Didier then joined Veuve Clicquot in September 2019, becoming the House’s eleventh Cellar Master and guardian of the House’s spirit.
Frédéric Panaiotis
Born in 1964, Frédéric Panaïotis spent much of his time in the small Champagne vineyards of his grandparents as a child. He enjoyed harvesting the Chardonnay grapes and started to learn about wine in their small cellars. He graduated from the Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon in Viticulture & Oenology, and earned the Diplome National d’Oenologue of the Ecole Nationale Superieure Agronomique in Montpellier in 1988. His winemaking apprenticeship included appointments in France and California. He came back to Champagne in 1991 and worked at the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne, and then for Champagne Veuve Clicquot. Frédéric Panaïotis joined Champagne Ruinart in 2007 as Chef de Caves. In this position, he has the responsibility of creating the blends, from the non vintages Blanc de Blancs and Rosé to the prestige cuvees of Ruinart, Dom Ruinart and Dom Ruinart Rosé. He also plays a significant role in the communication efforts of Champagne Ruinart.