Monthly Archives: December 2010

2011 – Don’t worry about this one

Some of you will remember the fear mongering fire that I tried adding fuel to last year.  “Y2K – Time to Panic”.  Anyone with a basic understanding of computer programming (I just realized that those people probably aren’t reading a wine blog) will know that 2011 is just as binary as 2010.  So why not worry about the end of the world this year?  In a word – The Mayans.

The Mayans.  A civilization that predicted the end of the world in 2012 and ironically (and I use the word correctly) did not foresee the end of their own civilization. If that doesn’t scare you enough then consider Nostradamus – he also predicted the end of the world in 2012.  And you can’t spell Nostradamus without  “damn us”.

So how do we proceed knowing that 2011 will be by all accounts delightful?  Here’s my 3 step program to enjoying 2011.

1. Drink more Champagne – and if you can’t afford the real stuff a Cava, Cremant, or even American Sparkling wine will do.

Albert after drinking the same wine over and over

2. Drink different wines – as Albert Einstein said about wine “The definition of insanity is drinking the same wine over and over again and expecting a different result”.

3. Splurge on some highly recommended and expensive bottles this year.  If we’ve learned any fear mongering from the Mayans, 2011 may be your last chance.

American “Champagne”

My Christmas always involves a trip to the US of A, and when in America I buy American.  So for Christmas dinner some American Sparkling wines are in order.

Chandon describes themselves as having “their roots in France and their hearts in California”. The roots, of course, are  Moët & Chandon – makers of Dom Perignon (can anyone say Moët & Chandon and not start singing “Killer Queen” in a Freddy Mercury voice?).  Piper Sonoma also has French roots in Piper-Heidsieck.  So I get French tradition from California at $20 a bottle. Merry Christmas to me!

The Brut wines are both dry, toasty, and bubbly.   The secret ingredient is the bubbles – which tradition says we owe to Dom Perignon.  Thanks Dom – Merry Christmas to you too.


Joyeux Noel Dom


Sherry for Christmas

 Are you drinking Sherry this Christmas?  Maybe this photo will inspire you to start a Spanish tradition.  A nice dry (seco) sherry pairs well with fruitcake, gingerbread houses, and candlelight.



Wine 911

Just because I don’t like drilling holes into drywall or changing lightbulbs it doesn’t mean I’m not handy when I need to be.  Check out the photos of my Wine 911 emergency – handled with efficiency and calmness.

Either this cork is too small or ...

That's right - the cork broke in half

Another wine saved - it's very rewarding

There are other ways to handle this Wine Emergency.  A friend of mine decided to use a screwdriver and push the cork into the bottle.  It kinda worked. However, red wine shooting up through the relatively small opening of the neck of the bottle wrecks a white  shirt in a hurry.

What’s in this bottle?

 I know you catch more flies with honey but I am mad again. There is a white wine from New Zealand called Cat’s Pee on a Gooseberry Bush.  Stupid, stupid name. Unless that’s what’s really in the bottle – in which case it doesn’t qualify as “white”.

Hey I have an idea.  Let’s try marketing the wine instead of a stupid name.  Or maybe I should give in to stupid name marketing, rent Hot Tub Time Machine, open a bottle of Cat’s Pee on a Gooseberry Bush, and forfeit three hours of my life.

And yes wine historians, I know that “Cat’s pee on a gooseberry bush” is considered a classic descriptor of Sauvignon Blanc.  Not anymore it isn’t.

Okay – maybe it’s a funny label and I do love Sauvignon Blanc – if only I could be sure it’s not really cat’s pee in the bottle.

I want one for Christmas

My wife is an interior designer – a career I find far less interesting than writing about wine.  We just agreed to meet halfway – I want one of these.

Wait for it

What in the name of Bacchus is going on here?

Come on!