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Wine Tour de France 2012
Beyond the Bottle

Battle of the Bubbles:
Champagne vs Sparkling

With Alexander LaPratt, Sommelier,
Formerly of DB Bistro Moderne

Monday, June 4, 2012

FIAF, Le Skyroom

Presented in partnership with AOC Fine Wines
Part of FIAF's Art de Vivre series, Wine Tour de France 2012

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Finish your Wine Tour de France on a bubbly note!

Taste classic Champagne varieties and compare them to leading sparkling wines. Pick up tips on how to choose the best sparklings, just in time for summer.

About Alexander LaPratt

Born and raised in the Detroit area of Michigan, Alexander LaPratt worked as the first-ever Cellar Sommelier at Thomas Keller's The French Laundry, and most recently as Head Sommelier at Daniel Boulud's DB Bistro Moderne. In April 2011, Alexander earned the title of "Best Sommelier in America" at the American Sommelier Association competition and just one month later went on to finish 2nd overall in the Chaine des Rôtisseurs Best Young Sommelier National Finals. At the 2nd Annual StarChefs Somm Slam, LaPratt emerged victorious after enduring a three-day, real-time pairing competition against ten of the Nation's most renowned sommeliers. In addition, Wine & Spirits Magazine named Alexander one of the "Best New Sommeliers of 2011" in their October issue. When it comes to wine and food enjoyed together, Alexander believes the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. He favors an approach to wine that minimizes complexity, emphasizes pleasure, and makes people comfortable with their own taste, knowledge and budget. If truly pressed he'll confess a weakness for Champagne: low in alcohol, high in acidity, refreshing and delicious with just about anything.


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FIAF Members $95
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FIAF, Le Skyroom
22 East 60th Street
New York, NY 10022


Video Presentation

Tips on Champagne
With Alexander Lapratt, Sommelier at Le Bernardin

Wine Tour de France 2012 is presented in partnership with AOC Fine Wines, an online retailer with a network of small wine boutiques in Westchester, Fairfield County, and at Nancy's Wines on the Upper West Side.

AOC Fine Wines also operates the exclusive FIAF Wine Club in partnership with FIAF.

Special Offer from AOC Fine Wines: Enjoy a 10% discount and receive free delivery on all online orders. Use discount code FIAFAOC on

Cheese provided by Président and Société Roquefort
Bread provided by Pain D’Avignon
Charcuterie provided by D'Artagnan

FIAF Spring 2012 Season Sponsors: American Airlines, the official airline of FIAF; the Cultural Services of the French Embassy; Florence Gould Foundation; Institut français; National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; Robert de Rothschild; Moeller Fine Art; The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation

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