My affinity for Champagne continues! I recently checked out Riddling Widow, an underground Champagne parlor in Greenwich Village. I emailed in advance for a reservation per their website, but not sure that’s entirely necessary as it was rather empty the night we visited.
They offer a range of sparklers by the glass as well as bottles and small bites. I loved how they broke down the by the glass options into tasting profiles. I am particularly into the yeasty, bone-dry notes of Blanc de Blancs and while they didn’t have that specifically on offer, the server steered me to the “green apple” brut by Didier Grappe. A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Savagnin, the wine is organic and natural, produced in the Jura region of France.
It had that dry freshness and yesty-ness that I love in Champagne, tiny bubbles, and definitely hit the bright green apple notes of the description.
While the decor could certainly use some help (I felt like I was in a mix between a private room at a strip club and an 80’s living room) I would recommend stopping by to expand your knowledge of sparkling wine.
Wine: Didier Grappe “The Clash” Brut
Purchased: Riddling Widow, NYC (now closed 🙁 )
Price: $29 retail
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