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!