I can forgive anyone who ignores my New Year’s Resolution #1 – to drink more white wine. Perhaps white wine is not for everyone. What I can’t understand is when people tell me they never drink Champagne. Why the heck not? Champagne is for everyone. In the words of Mark Twain, ” Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.”
I have a friend who thinks that he may be a little intimidated by Champagne. That’s crazy talk that needs to be met head on with therapy – and the Doctor is in!
There is nothing in the world like Champagne – it delights both the palate and the imagination. Champagne is delicate, dry, festive, and fun! That is what wine is supposed to be.
What is not fun is the price of Champagne. The good stuff starts at $70 at the LCBO. That is a little intimidating. Fortunately, I have a solution.
Cava is just like Champagne for a fraction of the price. Nobody has ever claimed to be intimidated by Cava. Bottled using the Methode Champenoise (translation – the way they make it, by law, in the region of Champagne), it is essentially “Champagne from Spain”. Cava is dry, has bubbles, and looks great in a flute.
Open one of these on a week night. It’s not crazy – it’s Cava!
SEGURA VIUDAS BRUT RESERVA CAVA SPARKLING
LCBO 158493 Price: $ 14.45 – green apple, light citrus, dry.
FREIXENET CORDON NEGRO BRUT LCBO 88591 Price: $ 13.95 - crisp, apple, pear.
CODORNIU BRUT CLASICO
LCBO 6262 | Price: $ 12.20 - may be the most “toasty” of the three
Also, check out the many Vintages “Champagnes”. I like a good Crémant de Bourgogne, Alsace, or Loire when the price is right. I also like a Prosecco – if it is very dry.
Get out and buy yourself two champagne flutes, buy a bottle of “Champagne”, and delight in a little luxury. Do it! This means you.