Finding Champagne in unexpected places

By Cathy Huyghe

There’s a shop on Newbury Street called Fresh that sells skincare products, soaps, and perfumes. It is not a place you’d expect to find the chicest wine tasting in town, but that is exactly what’s happening there tomorrow night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The link between skincare and wine?

At Fresh, it’s called Citron de Vigne. It’s a line of soaps, lotions, and perfumes that were inspired by the Champagne region of France. “Inspired by” means that the soaps and lotions are infused with a citrusy scent. “Inspired by” also means that the perfumes are formulated with a sparkling, effervescent aroma similar to what you’d find from a bottle of Champagne.

That’s where the wine tasting comes in. With a focus on the component grapes of Champagne, that is, specifically pinot noir. Jo-Ann Ross, certified specialist of wine and founder of J Ross Wine, will lead a casual, intimate tasting of wines from Champagne and Burgundy, where the pinot noir grape thrives.

See for yourself how inspiring that grape, those wines, and Citron de Vigne can be. Just check with Fresh for times and other event details.

Cathy Huyghe writes the WGBH Foodie blog. Read new WGBH Foodie posts every weekday, in which Cathy explores myriad ways and places to experience good food and wine.

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