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CELEBRATE THE SEASON WITH CHAMPAGNE AT THE PIERRE HOTEL: Experience the tradition of slicing open a bottle of champagne with a sword

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SAVE THURSDAY EVENINGS IN DECEMBER FOR TASTINGS OF THE WORLD’S FINEST BOTTLES OF BUBBLY
By Lori Simmons Zelenko

We are at the zenith of Cristal, a superb harmony, a dazzling evanescence, with an effortless elegance and balance.” – Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, Cellar Master

1 The line-up: Bottles of Cristal, said to be the favorite champagne of Mick Jagger and Madonna, ready for sabering at the Chef’s Social Club dinner at The Pierre Hotel.

The Pierre Hotel is celebrating the Holidays in grand and glamorous style with the French tradition of Sabrage – slicing open a champagne bottle with a cavalry sword. Champagne Sabering in the Rotunda at this luxurious, polished Fifth Avenue destination is an experience not to be missed.

2. The sabering begins with Sergio Zecca, Maison Roederer Ambassador, about to release the most magical of champagnes.

The festive season kicked off in November with an out of this world dinner, course upon course from Executive Chef Ashfer Biju paired with Cristal the most famous wine from Maison Roederer (http://www.louis-roederer.com/en/wine/cristal) with the tasting led by the Maison’s ambassador, Sergio Zecca. An evening made memorable with unexpected pleasures as the crisp champagne flattered the flavors of haute cuisine. The next Chef’s Social Club at The Pierre will be in January [date TBD] and feature a curated selection of Blason Louis Wines from France’s finest vineyards, hand-picked to represent the best terroirs and grape varieties.

To reserve for upcoming tastings and events, call 212 940-8195 or email reserveperrine@tajhotels.com.

#2.Lobster and Caviar, haute cuisine at The Pierre served at the Chef’s Social Club evening and paired with Cristal Champagne.

#4 A menu to marvel at created for the Cristal Champagne Chef’s Social Club Dinner by Executive Chef Ashfer Biju of The Pierre Hotel. Defying description there is sheer artistry and beauty in this match made in heaven.

Originally created in 1876 to satisfy the demanding tastes of Tsar Alexander II, Cristal has gone on to earn renown as the precious, luminous champagne chosen by celebrities. Indeed, Cristal has been buzzed about as the favorite champagne of Madonna and Mick Jagger and yes, for a time, it was heralded by Jay-Z.

#5 Guests in The Rotunda at The Pierre Hotel enjoying Roederer Cristal and extraordinary cuisine as Holiday celebrating kicks off with the Chef’s Social Club and an upcoming series of Champagne Tastings.

This special Chef’s Social Club dinner shimmered in the glamourous aura of Cristal unfolding magically as vintage after vintage outdid itself.

My favorite? The Rose, of course, sheer, truly transparent like a pink diamond, its effervescence elite, and its flavor silky, luscious, and light, lifting body and spirit to an otherworldly domain, but then The Pierre (a Taj hotel) is just that a bastion of elegance and charm isolated from this hurly burly world. (www.thepierreny.com).

#6 A guest tries her hand at sabering a bottle of Cristal Champagne at the Chef’s Social Club Dinner at The Pierre Hotel.

RESERVE NOW FOR AN EVENING OF BEAUTIFUL BUBBLY
THREE THURSDAYS AT 6:30 PM NOV. 30/DEC. 7/DEC. 14
TASTE THREE EXTRAORDINARY CHAMPAGNES AT THE PIERRE

Next up in the Champagne Sabering series are November 30 – Ace of Spades Armand de Brignac (Jay Z owns this fabulous brand), December 7 – the crystalline Perrier Jouet Belle Époque (an epicurean delight with the most delicate flowers painted on the art nouveau bottle) and on December 14 – Palmes d’Or Nicolas Feuillate (known as the Diva of Champagne it is a truly seductive wine). On these Thursdays at 6:30pm, one featured cuvée by the glass will be poured and cherished as a rare opportunity to sample glasses of select champagnes that are traditionally sold exclusively by the bottle. Light canapés will accompany tastings from the sabered bottles. Hosted by ambassadors from the respective champagne houses. $70 per person. Reservations at reserveperrine@tajhotels.com.

#7 The team behind the Champagne sabering at The Pierre Hotel Chef’s Social Club dinner pairing Louis Roederer Cristal with stellar cuisine.

FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY
THE FINAL CHAMPAGNE SABERING OF THE SEASON
Saturday, January 6, 6:30pm

Celebrate the Feast of The Three Kings with the French tradition of enjoying the Galette des Rois. Inside this flaky pastry is a fève (usually the baby Jesus). The lucky guest who receives this trinket on their slice gets to be King or Queen for the Day! And while you’re enjoying the pleasures of being royal, indulge in the final Champagne sabering event of the season featuring the fresh, elegant choice of Pommery’s Cuvée Louise.

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