It’s that time of year. Time to taste some bubbly in preparation for popping corks at Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Phillippe Simon, owner of Phillippe’s Wine Cellars is holding a champagne tasting tonight at his shop on Ambassador Caffery. He’ll be offering tastes of some of the great French champagne houses: Taittinger, Henriot, Gosset, Besserat de Bellefon and Mumm. Everything from vintage brut classics to rosé to cremants will be on the table. It’s a great opportunity to find out whether you like your bubbly bone dry or with a hint of sweetness. Prices will range from $44.99-$69.99 per bottle, although Phillippe carries pricier vintages. If you choose to make your holiday purchases tonight, discounts of 10 percent, or 15 percent for a case will sweeten the deal. Call 991-9794 for more information.

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