Taste Champagne (in Bulk) at Arlequin Wine Merchant

It's rare opportunity to compare 30 Champagnes at one sitting, but that's what Arlequin Wine Merchant will be pouring next Thursday evening at its annual holiday Champagne event.

Sip bubbly from 30 well-known and cult Champagne producers, most of them grower-producers. They include Krug, Pol Roger, Gosset, Jacquesson, Larmandier-Bernier, Paul Bara, Vilmart, and Agrapart et Fils. After the  party, it's easy to drift over to the adjoining Arlequin Café, which is open until eight. Later than that, you can try Absinthe, which stays open until midnight.

Annual Champagne Tasting

When: Thurs., Dec. 9, 6-8 p.m.

Where: Arlequin Wine Merchant, 384 Hayes (at Gough), 863-1104

Cost: $50; make reservations via the Arlequin website

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