Champagne
Champagne & Scooby Snacks

Champagne & Scooby Snacks

I love Champagne in all it’s wonderful array of colors, but I especially like when it takes on a biscuit like flavor.  Upon tasting this very fine bottle of Saint Chamant Brut Blanc de Blancs 2002 the first thing that sprang to mind was that it was one Scooby Snack of a bottle.  I always wondered...
Champagne is Changing, but Hopefully Not Too Much!

Champagne is Changing, but Hopefully Not Too Much!

Although the drink known as Champagne is changing before our very eyes with Grower Champagne and single vineyards on the rise as driving market forces, one shouldn’t forget that great classic champagnes from historic houses can provide some of the most singular wine experiences, especially with age. I was very clearly reminded of this at...
Magnums:  How to Make Friends and Influence People

Magnums: How to Make Friends and Influence People

Want to know how to rock a party, be it dinner or otherwise?  Show up with a magnum in hand.  Now if you really want to turn heads you can opt for a magnum of Champagne, as I did for a recent house warming party.  People threw down their Coronas and Malbecs so fast that...
Why didn't anyone tell me Champagne is the greatest drink ever?

Why didn’t anyone tell me Champagne is the greatest drink ever?

How come I’m always the last person to find out really important shit, like that Champagne is the greatest drink ever invented?  I arrived late at this party, but I’m here now and I am making 2013 the year of Champagne.  I wonder if it is that, like most people, I thought Champagne was only...
Top 10 Wines of 2012

Top 10 Wines of 2012

As I reflect back on 2012 I can honestly say that it was my luckiest year yet when it comes to wine.  I was fortunate enough to have drunk more great wine more often with more great people than any other year.  This is a blessing.  And in some ways a curse.  Whatever, I have...