VOL2 2016

Gastronome is the official publication of the U.S. Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. The magazine provides coverage of local, regional, national and international Chaîne events as well as feature stories about members and member establishments.

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NAPLES Chaîne-pagne Tasting BY THELMA NEGLEY, Vice Chargée de Presse JANUARY 13 TURNED out to be a wet, blustery day, so the Naples Mondiale's "Chaîne-pagne Tasting," originally set for the pool deck at the Inn on Fifth, was moved indoors. However, nothing boosts the spirits like champagne, especially given the opportunity to taste eight dif- ferent varieties. At one end of the room, Vice Echanson Joey Wendt poured generous samples of Jeeper champagne. Although the Goutorbe family had been producing wine for centuries, upon returning home after World War II, Armand Goutorbe wanted to be independent and founded Maison Jeeper, near Reims. Local authori- ties gave him a Jeep in which to ascend the steep vineyard slopes; hence, the name was born. At the other end of the room, attendees tasted Philippe Gonet cham- pagnes. This winery was founded in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger in 1830; today, Pierre Gonet and Chantal Bregeon-Gonet rep- resent the seventh generation to produce these elegant wines. Then the real fun began: comparing the Gonet and Jeeper champagnes. With lively violin music, delicious hors d'oeuvres, and the special camara- derie among Mondiale members, spirits soared despite the weather. After all, who can be in a bad mood when the cham- pagne is flowing? G Dame Barbara Barry, Bailli Hon. Ed Kolesar, Bill Gonzalez and Tom Jordan. Vice Conseiller Culinaire Ruth Manchester, Dame Janice Crozier and Vice Chargée de Presse Thelma Negley. Dame Christine Williamson, Bailli Roger Weatherburn-Baker and Dame Paula Weatherburn-Baker. Maître de Table Restaurateur Maurica Hurley and Paul Jeffery. Dame Rebecca Lambert and Chevalier John Sonne. Officier Commandeur Jon DeMoss and Eleanor DeMoss. Dame Sue Lode, Aivars Lode and Dame Robin Hamilton. Dame Cindy Stegemann, Julius Maurer and Dame Jan Burrus. Nothing boosts the spirits like champagne. MONDIALE 2 0 1 6 v 2 :: G A S T R O N O M E :: 135

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