Fun fact about Champagne * The shallow champagne glass originated with Marie Antoinette. It was first formed from wax moulds made of her breasts! * Bubbles in Champagne were seen by early wine makers as a highly undesirable defect to be prevented. * There are roughly 44 million tiny bubbles in a bottle of sparkling […]
Monthly Archives: November 2008
Veuve Clicquot Champagne The remarkable Madame Clicquot (1777-1866) is often considered the first businesswoman of the modern era. Née Nicole-Barbe Ponsardin, she was widowed in 1805 at the age of 27. Veuve Clicquot ( Veuve means widow in French) defied every convention of the day to take the helm of her late husband’s small Champagne […]
Moet Chandon Champagne The love story began in 1745 when Louis XV’s favourite, The Marquise de Pompadour, who surrounded herself with the greatest artists and philosophers of the era, used to proclaim that “champagne is the only wine that leaves a woman beautiful after drinking”. Some of the greatest women in history have contributed to […]
What is Dom Perignon? A History Most Champagne houses make a range of Champagnes, just like most wineries make a range of wines. Even Californian Zinfandel makers will make a “typical” Zinfandel and then a “Reserve” Zin – often the reserve is from a special batch of vines, or aged for longer, or so on. […]
Champagne Wine Quotes – Quotations about Wine Lily Bollinger was asked “When do you drink champagne?”, and replied: I only drink champagne when I’m happy, and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I am not hungry and drink […]
Barbera (Bar-bear-a) Not as popular as Merlot but with similar attributes. Food pairings: barbera wines are versatile: they match many dishes, including tomato sauces.
Sangiovese (San-gee-oh-ve-zee) Food pairings: a good choice for Italian and other Mediterranean-style cuisines. Districts: sangiovese produces the Chiantis of Italy’s Tuscany region and, of late, good wines from California.
Pinot noir (Pee-know na-wahr) One of the noblest red wine grapes. Pinot noir is difficult to grow, rarely blended, with no roughness. Food pairings: excellent with grilled salmon, chicken, and lamb.
Malbec (Mal-bek) Food pairings: all types of meat-based meals. Districts: malbec has its origins in the Bordeaux region of France.
Cabernet sauvignon (Ca-burr-nay so-veen-yaw) Widely accepted as one of the world’s best varieties. Cabernet sauvignon is often blended with cabernet franc and merlot. It usually undergoes oak treatment.
Merlot (Mare-lo) Easy to drink. The softness of Merlot has made it an “introducing” wine for new red-wine drinkers. Food pairings: any will do. Districts: a key player in the Bordeaux blend, merlot is now also grown in Italy, Romania, California, Washington State, Chile, Australia, etc. Typical taste in varietal wine: the Merlot type of […]
Shiraz (Sah-ra or Shi-raz) Shiraz or syrah are two names for the same variety. Europe vintners only use the name syrah. Food pairings: meat (steak, beef, wild game, stews, etc.) Districts: syrah excels in California, in Australia, and in France’s Rhone Valley. Typical taste in varietal wine: aromas and flavours of wild black-fruit (such as […]
Zinfandel Perhaps the world’s most versatile wine grape, making everything from blush wine (White Zinfandel), to rich, heavy reds. Food pairings: very much depends on the freshness/heaviness of the wine; tomato-sauce pastas, pizza, and grilled and barbecued meats. Districts: only found in California. Typical taste in varietal wine: often a zesty flavor with berry and […]