T.J. Martell Foundation Benefit

From April 15 to April 30, First the Wine will be donating 15% of sales to the T.J. Martell Foundation supporting innovative cancer research. In addition First The Wine is the retail sponsor of Effervescence – A Champagne & Sparkling Wine Celebration in Los Angeles on May 3, 4 & 5, where a portion of ticket sales will be donated to the T.J. Martell Foundation. For more information click here.

First the Wine and Effervescence - A Champagne & Sparkling Wine Celebration
First the Wine is pleased to be the retail sponsor of Effervescence - A Champagne & Sparkling Wine Celebration, taking place in Los Angeles on May 3, 4, and 5.

One epic Los Angeles weekend celebrating Champagne and Sparkling Wine

If bubbles make you smile there's only one place to be next month - EFFERVESCENCE. Join winemakers from around the world, their importers and Los Angeles' own star chefs Walter Manzke, Casey Lane & Kevin Meehan for America's ode to all things sparkling.


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


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

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
7:30pm
Viale dei Romani Restaurant

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
10:30am
Kimpton La Peer Hotel

Billecart-Salmon Collector Champagne Luncheon
Sumptuous tasting menu by Chef Walter Manzke celebrating Billecart-Salmon’s 200th Anniversary. Only those in attendance will have 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
12:30pm
République Restaurant

Master Class
An Exploration of Chardonnay in Krug
Winemaker of Krug Clos du Mesnil, Jérôme Jacoillot, takes us on an exploration of Chardonnay. American debut of Krug Clos du Mesnil 2004! Do not miss!
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Kimpton La Peer Hotel

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

An Evening of Pleasure: Krug x Vinyl
The famed Champagne House and winemaker Jérôme Jacoillot take over one of LA’s finest restaurants, Kali, for a night of Krug, vinyl vibes & dancing. Discover the inner music of Krug.
8:00pm
Kali Restaurant

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Master Class
Two of Champagne’s top growers, Laurent Champs & Rodolphe Péters, explore the meaning of terroir
10:30am
Kimpton La Peer Hotel

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

Master Class
Champagne Hiking – The Missing Piece
Richard Juhlin, author of The Scent of Champagne, on how our environment influences our perception of Champagne
3:30pm
Kimpton La Peer Hotel

Champagne Gala Dinner
Chef Walter Manzke hosts a Paulée-style banquet where enthusiasts and producers alike pop and share their most treasured bottles of Champagne
7:00pm
République Restaurant
Some things to know as you peruse our website:
  • We are an online only retailer. All our wines are stored in cellar conditions.
  • Since we only offer wines we like to drink you may not find what you’re looking for. Not a problem. Let us help you find what you want. Give us a call at 323.937.9463 or 323.499.8678.
  • Your purchases are stored at 55F and 65% humidity until ready for delivery.
  • We deliver locally in Los Angeles. Please call for details.
  • We ship within the State of California via FedEx. In general, we ship once or twice a month, depending on weather conditions. Please call to make arrangements.
  • We charge California Sales Tax on all purchases without exception. Upon purchase you take legal possession of the wine here in California. We are happy to help you arrange your own shipping by packing your wine in FedEx and UPS approved wine shippers. If you have a FedEx account we can generate shipping labels using your account number. If you are shipping via UPS you will have to email us your prepaid shipping UPS shipping labels.
  • We understand that our practice of charging sales tax is not the norm in online wine retail, but we believe it is the only responsible position. It is the State of California that provides essential services to our business.
  • A mixed-case discount of 10% applies to purchases of any 12 or more bottles. This discount does not apply to wines marked “No Discount”, “Sale”, or “Inquire”.
IMPORTANT: If you wish to ship wine outside California and would like to arrange your own shipping, choose Ship Outside of California during the check-out process, then call us or email us at info@firstthewine.com with your shipping instructions.

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