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wine, cont. Polisot. Moreau celebrated her first vintage in 2006, which was so tiny it never went beyond the French border. “The most prominent note is blackberry,” says Speer, “which is unusual for Champagne.” The brambly and baked pear essence enthralls on this elegant wine with a rich, almost lush finish. Speer suggests pairing with pork tenderloin “or something really earthy like lentils; it would accentuate the minerality and that blackberry in the wine.” Add in caramelized shallots and fresh rosemary and you’ve got the perfect wintry fare.

With steak and prime rib:

NV André Clouet Silver Brut Nature, Grande Reserve ($40) “I discovered this wine worked really well with steak totally by accident,” says Speer. He and a friend set a date with a readyto-drink cult Napa cabernet at Urban PHOTOGRAPH BY jAMIE fRANcIS

“Because of some really passionate importers, Portland has an amazing Champagne selection—we get Champagne that no one else gets across the U.S.”— David Speer Farmer. “We get there, pull the cork and it’s bad.” Instead of another red, they decided to pair the 20-ounce steak sampler

with a bottle of Champagne. “It was awesome, particularly with the dry-aged steak,” he says. The silver label has a very

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