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8th-Feb-2007 12:14 am
As alluded to, I've been getting back into wine. Specifically, champagne (and its California cousins). This started back on New Year's Eve, where I had my usual favorite: Moët & Chandon White Star. It's very tasty, complex enough, and doesn't break the bank (as low as $28-30 around here). Since then, I've been wanting to see if there's another one I like as much, as well as try to find a decent "everyday" champagne. Mostly sticking to extra dry varieties (as opposed to "ultra dry" brut), since that's what I seem to like. So far:
  • Chandon Blanc de Noirs ($13): Good. Fruity, but not as complex as I'd like.
  • Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs ($16): Decent. Nice and yeasty, but a little weak, and kinda dry.
  • Mumm Napa Cuvée ($14): Nice. Tasty with balanced creamy fruit.
Next on the list are:
  • Santa Julia Extra Brut($9): Meh. Balanced, but weak and unremarkable.
  • Chandon Richie ($13): tasty, with yeast and fruit flavors alternating. Sweeter than I'd like, surprisingly.
  • Mumms Brut ($30): Yick. Initial strong and complex fruit is quickly overpowered by dry yeast flavor. Bubbles don't last either. Won't be buying this one again.
  • Piper Heidsieck ($32): Unremarkable. Much too dry for me.
  • Veuve Cliquot Brut ($35): Mmm! Best brut I've had. Nice fruitiness, plus yeast and bubbles! Balanced and yummy.
  • Domaine Carneros ($35): Labeled brut, but sweet like an extra dry. Good, though, if a little weak on the fruit.

This should be fun!
8th-Feb-2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
I am not a huge champagne drinker, but Veuve Cliquot Brut is pretty darn good.
9th-Feb-2007 05:32 am (UTC)
Excellent; I'll look forward to cracking that one open, then. Now I know what to get you to celebrate when you find the job and man of your dreams. ;-)
9th-Feb-2007 12:27 pm (UTC)
Deal! Though part of that may rectify tonight since I have a date lined up. :-)
10th-Feb-2007 02:37 am (UTC)
Good for you. Have fun! Play safe! :)
8th-Feb-2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, just admit it: You want the champagnes and sparkling wines because of the "Brut[e]" in the name.
9th-Feb-2007 05:35 am (UTC)
Not hardly. The guy in the contruction memos at work? The one described as "a big, burly guy with a jackhammer"? Him I want to meet.
8th-Feb-2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
I can't drink much in the way of sparkling wines (one glass will tend to give me a headache) but I've been pretty fond of the stuff coming out of Iron Horse. Not sure if you can get it up by you but worth checking out.
9th-Feb-2007 05:37 am (UTC)
I keep liking alcohols that don't agree with you. We should open up a bar since our tastes compliment each other's so well. I've not seen Iron Horse. I'll add it to my shopping list.
8th-Feb-2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
Sometime in the late 90s I visited Domaine Carneros in Napa as part of a winery tour. I enjoyed the selection very much and have picked up an occasional bottle when an apropos event presents itself.
9th-Feb-2007 05:41 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah, based on my online research, that's at the top of my shopping list. It sounds like heaven. I haven't found a single store around here that carries it yet, but that only counts the more discount places -- I haven't gone to one of the wine emporiums around here.

I'm trying to decide what I want my big vacation to be this year. Right now I'm leaning towards a tour of Yellowstone, but a wine tour of Napa might be something to consider as well. Hmmm.
9th-Feb-2007 01:13 pm (UTC)
I would love to spend a week or ten days in Napa visiting wineries. At least I would if I had someone to drive me a round so I could get as tipsy as I wanted at all the tastings. :-)
10th-Feb-2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
#include <std/rant_about_wine_tasting.h> :-)
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