December 5, 2006

Champagne vs Sparkling Wine

Champagne? Sparkling Wine?The difference between Champagne and sparkling wine was a mystery to us for a long time. Well, that's not true, actually, because we did understand that Champagne could only be made in France, but we weren't sure if there were differences in how it was created, purchased, and enjoyed. Luckily, the folks over at Wine X magazine have put together a little primer for us on the similarities and differences, just in time for us to be a wine boor during the holidays. there's even a glossary - hooray!

Following our Special Tasting in the last issue, we thought maybe, just maybe, you'd be interested in understanding the sparkling wine/Champagne winemaking process. You know what they say: a little knowledge is dangerous. So, here you go.
Wine X - Understanding Sparkling Wine/Champagne

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November 10, 2006

Swanky Wine Friday: Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque

Perrier Jouet Belle EpoqueLeave it to the French to make wine even more expensive. Pernod Ricard has announced that it will be releasing a Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque that retails for just under $1,300 per bottle (we're pretty sure it's not the bottling we've got pictured here, but at least the bottle says the right name, right?). We can't even imagine spending that much for a bottle of wine...that amount of money would let us buy like 65 to 130 of the bottles we usually drink, and can the "quality" or "rarity" of the wine be worth it?

A spokeswoman for the company and a British wine buyer had something to say about that, and we translate it as "no, the wine's not really that much better, but we're not making many bottles of it to drive the price up." Go team France.

"There is a global trend to develop more and more premium and ultra-premium brands," she said.
"I am sure they will have buyers for it because people have money to spend and they want exclusivity," said Ronan Sayburn, head of wine at Gordon Ramsay's restaurants in London. "But there is a trade-off point where the price and the actual flavor of the wine begin to split," he said.
"What you are getting after that is exclusivity, rarity."
via United Press International

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October 20, 2006

Armand de Brignac Champagne is Jay-Z Approved

Armand de BrignacOur Swanky Wine Friday story this week comes from our friends over at Liquor Snob, who took it upon themselves to cover Jay-Z's new champagne of choice. As you may know, Mr. Z has stopped drinking Cristal after the company's managing director expressed that he was less than pleased about his brand's association with hip hop. Sounds like someone might be eating his words if the bulk of the rappers stop wrapping their grillz around Cristal and move to Brignac country - though we're sure Cristal won't end up in the poor house.

Armand de Brignac has a swanky looking label featuring a golden ace of spades (pictured) and we can't seem to get our hands on a price per bottle. We can only guess if Mr. Premiere Rap Producer and High Mucky Muck at Def Jam endorses it in his video (unofficially of course) it's gotta be spendy.

Armand de Brignac (via Liquor Snob)

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