50 Anniversary Gala Dinner

  • Celia Hay

ASI Association of Sommeliers celebrated its 50th Anniversary in Reims with a Gala Dinner at the Palais de Tau, palace of the Archbishop of Reims and where the French kings would celebrate their coronation with a feast.

L-R With Edwin Raben (Netherlands), Doug Frost MW, MS (USA), Celia Hay, Christian Aaro (Denmark), Annemarie Foidl (Austria), Kristel Nommik (Estonia), Tim Vollerslev (Denmark) enjoying the Piper-Heidsieck Rare 2006.     


Royale de chou-fleur at Saint-Jacques, vinaigrette de truffes
Piper-Heidsieck Rare Champagne Millesime 2006
Torres Chardonnay Gigi Jean Leon, Vi de Finca 2016, Penedes

Pluma de Cochon Iberico Bellota, polenta cremeuse, legumes d'automne
Champagne Piper-Heidsieck Millesime 2012
Domaine de Clos des Tourelles 2015, Gigondas, France - Famille Perrin Trapiche Terroir Series Ambrosia 2010

Vieux Gouda et Vieux Comte, fouillis de salade
Champagne Piper-Heidsieck Millesime 1982
Soalheiro Reserva 2017, Alvarinho / Quinta do Cerrado Reserva Blanc
Castello d'Alba Vighas Vielhas 2017, Duoro / Quinta do Crasto Superior, Douro

Eclair crumble mangue passion, sorbet et tuile coco
Piper-Heidsieck Rare Champagne 1998 en Magnum
Domaine Cazes, Rivesaltes 1969

Café & Chocolat
Graham's 20-year-Old Tawny Port

Scallops with truffle vinaigrette.                                            Main course - Iberico pork and polenta 

Domaine du Clos des Tourelles Gigondas                          Trapiche Ambrosia Malbec 2010

A special treat to taste Piper-Heidsieck Brut Savage 1982 had all those delicious toasted hazelnut, caramelised brioche notes. Crasto Superior from the Douro DOC with Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, fresh blackberries, ripe tannins and easy to enjoy.


Dessert: Eclair with mango and passionfruit.                      Piper-Heidsieck Rare Champagne 1998 - 70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir.

Domaine Cazes Rivesaltes, deliciously rich and full of honeyed raisins and caramel. Grahams 20 Year Tawny Port. Fun to pour.

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