Sunday, December 31, 2006

A Toast to 007

Guess this should have gone up before the likker stores closed, but here's to a sparkling New Year.

Fave Canadian bubblies:
Trius Non Vintage. Usually $24.95, excellent and consistent Canadian sparkling wine from the Hillebrand/Peller conglomerate. If you're ever in Niagara-On-The-Lake, make sure you get a tour of their Brut cellar.

Henry of Phlegm Catherine Rosé Brut. The prettiest goddamn wine in Canada. $30. Excellent breakfast selection, too.

Cipes from Summerhill in British Columbia. Particularly for the new agey among us who like their bubbly aged in a pyramid... Tried one of their premium sparklies with icewine dosage a few years ago. Normally Sheena prefers brut, but a nice treat.

The Real Stuff:
Piper Heidsieck Red Label is my pick if splurging is in the cards. Remember the good old days when it flowed freely in the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge. That was before bankruptcy and the Canadian takeover....

Veuve Clicquot. A favourite among litigators, but surely not Quebec retailers... Always the first thing tasted whenever Sheena visits the Ottawa Food and Wine Show. And a thoughtful thank you gift after a tough week at the office.

The Yanks:
Anything from Domaine Chandon in Napa. Brings back lovely memories of a kick-ass patio lunch at the winery a couple of years ago with good friends. Oysters with champagne sorbet... washed down by a Reserve Brut. Can't go wrong.

Schramsberg. Hard to find in Canada. One of the oldest bubbly producers in Napa region. Wines aged in creepy 19th century caves blasted into the side of the mountain. Must tour if in the area.

Gruet especially the Rosé. Even though the tasting room guy was an asshole, really liked the good value bubblies at this New Mexico (who woulda thunk it) winery.

And what will Sheena be sipping when the clock strikes 12? Likely the Segura Viudas, one of the top end Spanish Cavas. A lovely looking bottle, and a damn nice Christmas gift.


At 7:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

mmmm.....Pat luvs Henry of Phlegm & wishes she had some NOW

At 7:49 PM, Blogger Jason Bo Green said...

Henry of Phlegm??? What the heck?

You make it sound wonderful, but it would be hard for me to buy a wine called that. Weird.

Just finished making the cream cheese and chili dip, and about to finish the spinach dip. I'm serving gin and tonic, vodka and white cranberry, and martinis. It will be fun - even if no one shows up!

At 10:19 PM, Blogger Jason Bo Green said...

No one showed up - it's still been fun!

At 1:09 AM, Blogger Sheena said...

Ah shit, Jason...Next time send me the address. We did a big family/house party where I only knew 10% of the ppl but it was all good food and good wine. Except I saved the good bubbly for home...

At 11:40 AM, Blogger Jason Bo Green said...

I usually have fun parties - this one was a bust in the "group fun" sense, but I did get to watch the episode of Star Trek where Data makes a daughter for himself, and talk on the phone a lot. It was great times! :)

At 5:07 PM, Anonymous Marshall McClueless said...

Segura Viudas! Hey that's the hooch I was drinking at 12:01 A.M. on the first.
Sheena, we got good taste.


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