‘A Year in Champagne’ film screening pops up at the Breckenridge Theatre
If you go
What: “A Year in Champagne” documentary film, plus lecture and wine tasting (must be 21 or older to participate in the wine tasting)
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16, and Friday, April 17
Where: Breckenridge Theatre, 121 S. Ridge St., Breckenridge
Cost: $10 for the film, plus $15 for two Champagne tastings
More information: Tickets are available online at www.backstagetheatre.org, by phone at (970) 453-0199 and at the door
The Breckenridge Backstage Theatre will present the documentary film “A Year in Champagne,” along with a short lecture and Champagne tasting, on Thursday, April 16, and Friday, April 17, at the Breckenridge Theatre.
“The idea is to have an interactive night out,” said Laurie Rambaud, Backstage Theatre film facilitator. “Learn a little about wine, taste it, then understand the story behind the bottle. It’s a quick trip to France watching the film while you sip on the tastings.”
Trevor Johnson will introduce the wines and guide the Champagne tasting. The film is in French with English subtitles with an 82-minute run time.
About the film
At first glance, the Champagne region is not an obvious source of romance. The area’s history is grim and bloody, swept by war and destruction, from Attila the Hun to the trenches of World War I and the Nazi depredations of World War II. The environment for winemaking is desperately hard — northerly latitude, chalky soil, copious rain, frost and rot — yet it’s these difficulties that help make the wine unique.
With renowned wine importer Martine Saunier as a guide, “A Year in Champagne” offers a rare glimpse behind the scenes into the real Champagne through six houses, from small, independent makers such as Champagne Saint-Chamant, where each and every bottle is still turned by hand in the cellars, to the illustrious houses of Gosset and Bollinger, which have been instrumental in shaping the image of Champagne around the world.
“‘A Year in Champagne’ entertainingly guides viewers through the winemaking process and behind the scenes to hear from the vintners who put the magic in the bottle,” according to Hollywood Reporter. “Quality production values, engaging scripting and fascinating characters.”
Up next in Breck
The wine film trilogy that began with “A Year in Burgundy” back in November and continues with “A Year in Champagne” will conclude with “Somm” on Thursday, April 30, and Friday, May 1, the final pair of film events at the Breckenridge Theatre before it closes for its yearlong remodel.
In “Somm,” four sommeliers attempt to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier exam, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world. A blind tasting will be held in conjunction with the film, with the wines revealed at the close of the evening.
For information on these and other events, visit www.backstagetheatre.org.
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