December 29, 2006

A Fresh Perspective on Champagne

Champagne PoppingNew Year's is just about the only time most people think about Champagne and sparkling wine, because people apparently want to have bubbles tickle their noses as they ring in the new year. We've found an interesting take on Champagne recommendations over at DCist, which has not included your typical label tasting notes but has instead opted to give profiles of different types of the effervescent drink, from Blanc de Blancs to Demi Sec.

We found it interesting, though our Liquor Snob brethren seem to have taken some issue with the author's comparison of Jack Daniel's and Johnnie Walker (see the comments).

All bubbly is not created equal.
This is true both literally – there are numerous methods of getting the bubbles in the bottle – and tastefully. Just as Sunny D does not taste like Tropicana and Jack Daniels does not taste like Johnnie Walker, all sparkling wine does not taste the same simply because it’s all fizzy.

Know thyself.
Before you trek to the wine store to buy bubbles, form an opinion about what you generally like to drink. Do you prefer dry or sweet? White or red? Beer or liquor? Do you always stick to certain brands when you drink? Believe us, this will come in handy when you ask the salesperson for a suggestion. The more specific you can be about what you like (or hate), the better the bottle you’ll walk out with.

Read on at DCist.

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Posted by Head Wino at December 29, 2006 10:09 AM
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