BONUS – Alan Tardi: Exploring The House of Krug for #ChampagneDay 2017

  • October 20, 2017
Alan Tardi in the vineyard

Alan Tardi

Do you want a peak into a world of champagne mystery, secrets, luxury, and timelessness – a world where wine holds memories of the past and future? Well, you’re in luck! Chef, restaurateur, and journalist Alan Tardi joins us to share his experiences within the secret world of the most prestigious wine label: The House of Krug.

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“Wine in general, and Champagne in particular, is really about sharing. It’s about celebrating a special occasion, whether it be a wedding or just a great day… so anything can be the celebration!” –Alan Tardi Click To Tweet

Alan’s book about his time with The House of Krug, Champagne, Uncorked: The House of Krug and the Timeless Allure of the World’s Most Celebrated Drink, recently won a Gourmand Best in the World Award (and it’s an incredible follow up to his first book, Romancing the Vine, which won a James Beard Award for Best Wine and Spirits Book).

We also discuss:

  • The process of making a classic Champagne
  • Why Alan Tardi wanted to follow how The House of Krug made their wine, specifically
  • The unbelievable (but somehow real) characters involved in the history of champagne
  • What a House of Krug Champagne tasting is like
  • The role of a Chef de Cave, and how they get their jobs
  • How the region of Champagne is shifting (and more about the history of the region)


Alan Tardi’s Bio:

Alan Tardi first became interested in wine through food, working as a cook (with David Waltuck at Chanterelle and Jean-Georges Vongerichten at Lafayette), chef (Le Madri), and chef-owner (Follonico) in New York City. As a freelance food and wine journalist, Tardi has authored numerous articles for publications including The New York Times, Wine & Spirits Magazine, The Wine Spectator, Decanter, Food Arts and Sommelier Journal.

In 2003, Alan moved to the village of Castiglione Falletto in the Barolo region of Piedmont, Italy, where he spent several years working in the surrounding vineyards and wineries through all phases of the growing and production process. This lead to his first book, ‘Romancing the Vine: Life, Love and Transformation in the Vineyards of Barolo’ (St Martins Press, 2006), which won a James Beard Award for Best Wine and Spirits Book of 2006. From 2009 to 2014 Tardi managed the Cantina Comunale of Castiglione Falletto.

In 2015, Alan became the first-ever US Ambassador of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG. His new book, “Champagne, Uncorked: The House of Krug and the Timeless Allure of the World’s Most Celebrated Drink” (Hachette 2016) recently won a Gourmand Best in the World Award. When not traveling to some other wine destination, Alan divides his time between New York and Castiglione Falletto.

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