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A well-known French winemaker celebrates at Secco.

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When winemaker Quentin Paillard comes to Richmond next month to celebrate his family's champagne at Secco Wine Bar, it's an event. All five bottlings of the Pierre Paillard house will be poured at a meet-the-winemaker evening Dec. 13, 6:30 - 8 p.m. The $35 tickets are nearly sold out.

"I want people in Richmond to know what good champagne is," says owner Julia Battaglini, who chose Paillard as Secco's house bubbly and admits geeking out on the qualities of this line. Paillard is known for its rare, eight-generation family business in Bouzy, France, and defines its values as independence, daring and humility. Read more at champagne-pierre-paillard.com. And, because Battaglini is always quick with a quip, a final inducement: "A hot 25-year-old Frenchman is not friction when it comes to sales."

For information on the tasting, see seccowinebar.com. 2933 W. Cary St. 353-0670.

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