Why does Champagne need a sheriff? And how can we get that job? Director of the Champagne Bureau -- a U.S. group that represents grape growers and winemakers in Champagne, France -- did not divulge the secrets to securing his job, but says Champagne does need a policeman of sorts.
"We want to make sure the world, and consumers around the world, understand that Champagne only comes from Champagne," says Sam Heitner, director of the group.
Champagne is a region about 90 miles northeast of Paris, France. About 15,000 growers and 300 houses, says Heitner, come together in a community to make the wine that is known as Champagne. Only three grapes are allowed in the exclusive, bubbly wine: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Meunier.
When a menu includes, say, California Champagne -- as was the case on the Inaugural menu -- Heitner's group takes notice.
"We are really supportive of truth in labeling," says Heitner, "ensuring consumers know where their wine comes from." In other words, ifRead More »from Santé! Sheriff of Champagne spills details on the bubbly wine