Juliet’s top Champagnes of the night:
Thanks to our generous sponsors, partners, and patrons, Wally’s recently capped off the 25th anniversary of our Grand Marque event at JW Marriott’s beautiful Le Merigot Hotel in Santa Monica. The selection of Champagne houses, sparklers, and growers was more prestigious than ever, and all our merry guests took full advantage of our effervescent vinos. From the non-dosage Champagnes of Drappier and Ployez-Jacquemart, to the opulent styles of Charles Heidseick and Bollinger, to the prestigious names of Cristal and Salon, there was a wine for every and all palates. The bubbles were accompanied by delectable finger foods from renowned establishments including Mélisse, Drago, Hinoki & the Bird, and a dazzling seafood display by SALT. Another high note was our returning silent auction. This year saw almost fifty different lots that were sold at competitive prices, with all profits being donated to our beneficiaries Food on Foot and The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation.
The lineup this year was the best in my eight years at Wally’s and it is almost a crime to have to choose only a few as my favorite. Still, I’ve curated a short list of standout wines below – though it is not exhaustive by any means! Be on the lookout for these select few and many others on our retail shelves, website, and restaurant.
By Juliet Kim, Champagne Buyer