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The owners told Insider that they want to make Champagne and sparkling wine approachable. | Courtesy of Leigh Photography

The Champagnery is (officially) popping open bottles of bubbly for customers starting Thursday, June 21, at 4 p.m.

Lucky passers-by were able to get a taste of the Champagne and sparkling wine bar, located inside Architype Gallery at 1764 Frankfort Ave., early as the owners randomly unlocked the doors throughout the past couple of weeks.

The Champagnery has more than 120 sparkling wines from around the world — the spirit can only be called Champagne if it’s from Champagne region of France — as well as bourbon, craft beers and Champagne cocktails. The Champagne and sparkling wines will be sold by the glass or in a flight.

The bar also offers oysters, caviar, charcuterie, cheeses, fruit and dessert plates featuring local products.

The Champagnery is run by husband and wife, Brad and Charlotte Stengel, and their nephew Eric Wentworth.

“There is really no place in Louisville that really explores Champagne,” Charlotte Stengel told Insider earlier this year.

The space includes a marble bar, lounge seating, high-back booth seating and an outdoor patio; it seats about 50. The décor highlights the building’s historic architecture with pops of champagne, rose gold, black and copper.

To mark the grand opening, local pianist Nada and her friends will perform French music starting at 6:30 p.m. That will be followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Greg Fischer and a performance by jazz ensemble Tin Pan Alley.

The Champagnery will regularly feature musicians. It opens at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; no closing time is listed.

Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]


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