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Special system will bring Champagne to the masses

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If you've got $45 and a hankering for fine French Champagne, you're in luck. Dom Perignon, one of the finest and most well-known, Champagnes is available by the glass, exclusively in Kansas City, at Providence New American Kitchen and the Drum Room Lounge.

The two venues in the Hilton Hotel President will be employing a unique pouring system developed by the famed Champagne producer to preserve the bubbles and taste, so that the last glass from the bottle will taste as fresh and delicious as the first.

Prior to this pouring system, Dom Perignon could only be enjoyed by the bottle, which could run up to $500 or more. In fact, a quick scan of the wine lists from some of the area's finest restaurants revealed a 1996 Cuvee Dom Perignon priced at a cool $942 at The American Restaurant. With that evidence in hand, $45 for a glass is a steal.

"Our staff received expert training to ensure the highest quality for every glass," said Rick Brook, Providence and the Drum Rooms' general manager. "Dom Perignon is no longer a drink just for special occasions. Its superb taste can now be enjoyed any time in Kansas City." If you have the 45-bucks, that is.

This sparkling news got us thinking what other pricey pours might be out there in Kansas City's bars and restaurants. Quite honestly, we couldn't find any wines by the glass that push the $40 tag, which is not to say there aren't some expensive elixirs in the metro because there clearly are. A bottle of the exquisite 2006 Gaja Barbaresco will set you back $400 at Colby and Megan Garrelts' temple of gastronomy, Blue Stem. And, if you can't quite pull the trigger on that, just $375 will pop the cork on a bottle of Napa Valley's magical Cabernet Sauvignon blend, Opus One.

We also reached out to Tannin Wine Bar and Kitchen, which routinely features dozens of wines by the glass, and many more by the bottle. Most, however, are of the affordable variety.

"Typically out by the glass offerings at Tannin top out at just under, or over, $20 per glass," said Tannin manager Barry Tunnell said. "Occasionally we briefly offer very high end wines by the glass, but they are typically tied to one of our seasonal promotions like the Summer of Riesling or La Paulee Burgundy Week."

Tunnell said one of the most successful one day pours was the 2004 Clos Ste. Hune Riseling from Alsatian producer Maison Trimbach. "Last year, we offered that at a more than fair $32 per glass," Tunnell remembered. "At that price, we're really just hoping to break even by selling through what we have on hand, which we did. But, when we promote these types of wine on social media, it encourages people to stop by, which they did."

Tunnell said there's been a push in recent years to push higher end wines by the glass with the Coravin wine preservation system, but he said Tannin hasn't bought into either Coravin or the trend of offering a range of super-high-end wines by the glass.

There apparently will be some other expensive wines by the glass coming on line soon, though exactly where and when has yet to be determined. Wing Ng, a sales representative for Major Brands, one of the area's larger wine, beer, and spirits distributors said plans are being made to celebrate Caymus Vineyard's 40th anniversary by featuring its Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon by the glass. Ng said thirsty patrons should expect to pay in the range of $25-$30 a glass.

And, now we've come full circle, so let us close with a few last words of insights into Dom Perignon, the Champagne named after a blind monk whom fable says invented, or at least, discovered Champagne while uttering the famous quote, "I'm tasting stars."

Dom Pierre Pérignon's creation acquired a reputation that garnered the attention of Louis XIV, king of France and continues to delight Champagne connoisseurs and novices all over world. Dom Pérignon is made from only the best grapes grown in a single year. When poured, the drinker not only experiences the aromas of grapes and dried flowers infused with almond and powdered cocoa. And, now poured exclusively by the glass in Kansas City at Providence New American Kitchen and The Drum Room Lounge. Cheers.

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