Thursday, May 3, 2018

Master Class
“You Say Bubbles, I Say Sparkling Wine”
Noted journalist Patrick Comiskey on the international breadth of sparkling wines
10:30am – 12:00pm
Kimpton La Peer Hotel

Comiskey and Balance

Patrick Comiskey and “sommentator” Gillian Balance


Master Class
Style and Substance – The Triumph of the Grande Marques
Master Sommelier Geoff Kruth on the role of big Champagne houses in the modern market
1:30pm – 3:00pm
Kimpton La Peer Hotel

Geoff Kruth

Geoff Kruth


Krug Lovers Dinner
Join Krug winemaker Jérôme Jacoillot and a group of Krug lovers for a night of exclusive treasures and the cuisine of Chef Casey Lane.
Viale dei Romani Restaurant

Krug sign

Krug reception at Viale dei Romani


Friday, May 4, 2018

Master Class
Mature Champagnes – How Champagne Ages Over the Years
Swedish Champagne expert Richard Juhlin, in a rare US appearance, will conduct a master class on how mature Champagne evolves through five decades.
Kimpton La Peer Hotel

Richard Juhlin

Richard Juhlin on mature Champagnes


Billecart-Salmon Collector Champagne Luncheon
Sumptuous tasting menu by Chef Walter Manzke celebrating Billecart-Salmon’s 200th Anniversary. Only those in attendance had the opportunity to bid on the sole known Magnum of Nicolas Francois 1961. Sourced from the Domaine and presented by Geoffrey Loisel, Director North America, Champagne Billecart-Salmon.
République Restaurant

Billecart Salmon luncheon

Billecart Salmon luncheon


Master Class
An Exploration of Chardonnay in Krug
Winemaker of Krug Clos du Mesnil, Jérôme Jacoillot, takes us on an exploration of Chardonnay. This class also saw the American debut of Krug Clos du Mesnil 2004!
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Kimpton La Peer Hotel

Jerome on the meaning of Chardonnay

Jérôme Jacoillot on the meaning of Chardonnay


More Bubbles — Sparkling Wine Tasting
A walk-around style tasting featuring sparkling wines from Spain, USA, France, England, Italy, New Zealand and beyond.
5:00pm – 9:00pm
Avalon Hollywood

More Bubbles

Glasses set up for the More Bubbles tasting at Avalon Hollywood


An Evening of Pleasure: Krug x Vinyl
The famed Champagne House and winemaker Jérôme Jacoillot took over one of LA’s finest restaurants, Kali, for a night of Krug, vinyl vibes & dancing. It was a night of discovering the inner music of Krug.
Kali Restaurant

Krug x Kali

Krug and vinyl


Saturday, May 5, 2018

Master Class
Champagne Hiking – The Missing Piece

Richard Juhlin, author of The Scent of Champagne, on how our environment influences our perception of Champagne.
Kimpton La Peer Hotel

Richard Juhlin

Richard Juhlin on “Champagne Hiking”


Grand Champagne Tasting
The can’t miss event of Effervescence! A grand tasting tour of Champagne and all the region has to offer.
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Avalon Hollywood

Grand Champagne Tasting

Attendees at the Grand Champagne Tasting at Avalon Hollywood


Champagne Gala Dinner
Chef Walter Manzke hosted a Paulée-style banquet where enthusiasts and producers alike popped and shared their most treasured bottles of Champagne.
République Restaurant

Gala Dinner

Table set up for the Champagne Gala Dinner


For more images from the different events, take a look at our 2018 event page!