Sunday, November 27, 2011


The selection of sparkling wine and Champagne for the event (post consumption). Guests began the afternoon with a take on a Kir Royal (champagne and creme de cassis), with a Kir Regina: Saskatoon berry juice and extra dry fagetto (Michael Biggatini's own concoction). Biggatini decided on a tour around the globe, through bubbles.

Buttery, crisp and flaky croissants from Willowpark Gold and Country Club chefs

Willowpark Wines and Spirits coinnaiseur Michael Biggatini sabers a bottle of sparkling. Impressive and entertaining. "I used to have this rusty machete I used to sabre with, but it got lost. This is a beautiful fine sabre."

The main: Seared filet of salmon (topped with creme fraiche and beluga caviar) with a potato rosti, poached egg with blood orange hollandaise, and asparagus wrapped with prosciutto all topped with shaved white truffle.

Italy: Adami Prosecco. Made in the methode Charmat (fermentation in a stainless steel tank) from the Griollo grape, this is a soft sparkling with less acidity.

Spain: Pares Balta Cava. Cellaring the bubbles in caves, three grapes are found in this bold and more acidic sparkling.

France: Chateau de Targe. A sparkling from the Loire valley made with chenin blanc grapes. Crisp and sharp.

"I love this plaque, it reminds me of a Monet," Biggatini offers.

California: Laetitia, Rose. Made with Pinot Noir. "This is my favourite American Sparkling right now," Biggatini tells us. A rounder, fuller sparkling with yeasty complexity. A 'masculine' style.

France: Billecart Salmon Brut reserve NV Champagne.
(Not pictured) Australia: Emeri muscat.

The delectable desserts including a cream puff and custard tart.

The Chefs and Michael Biggatini.

Photo's K&S Media

On a windy lazy Sunday in Calgary, a group of guests joined Willowpark wines and spirits expert Michal Biggatini for a tour around the globe via bubbles. "This is such a nice way to start the day, don't you think?" he asked. Plenty of stories and laughter filled the store (Biggatini is a riot and his humour is easy), with a beautiful brunch provided by Chef David Leudage and Ben Massine of Willowpark Golf and Country club.

What better start (and end) to Grey cup weekend?

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