Tag Archives: Champagne

Blue Jays Bubbly [why the French don’t watch baseball]

Looking for some insight on the champagne celebration in the Jays clubhouse?

As the only wine blogger with a Physed degree I want to know what they’re drinking and how much money are guys who earned a million dollars in salary this month paying for champagne.  The talking heads at Sportsnet keep referring to the expensive champagne in the clubhouse. What I found may shock you!

Firstly, why does Josh Donaldson get eye protection and Hazel Mae doesn’t?  Also, who pays for her dry cleaning?

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So it turns out the Jays aren’t pouring and spraying and possibly drinking champagne at all.  Super slow motion on my PVR shows me that they’re drinking American sparkling wine from California [ask anyone from France and watch them be outraged at this being called Champagne even though we mean no harm – WE MEAN NO HARM!] .

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And how much does it cost?  Less than $15!
img_7443These players earn obscene amounts of money – the team is owned by Rogers Communications – who i pay a thousand dollars a month for my cell phone – and they drink $15 bubbly.  Awesome! And they also drank Korbel, which is also less than $15 a bottle.
img_7444So my point here?  I think we could all afford $15 per bottle to shake up and spray all over each other if the Jays in the ALCS!  Do it, nobody from France is watching baseball anyway.


Bubbly

History is written by the victors. I’ve never stopped to think about the layered meanings of this generally agreed upon truth. Of course Columbus got to write about discovering America [even though we all know it was Bugs Bunny] and Hernán Cortés about discovering Mexico when we all really know that there were people living there doing quite well before we brought them smallpox and Walmart.

I don’t know if anyone invented bubbly before French Benedictine monk Dom Pérignon broke silence in the local abbey by shouting, “Come quickly, I have tasted the stars” [I wonder if he got shushed].  Many historians will say that the bubbles were being bottled long before Dom got all the headlines.  But whether “first in space” or not, Dom was a master winemaker. By enhancing his white wine’s ability to retain their natural sugars after the harvest,  inducing a secondary fermentation in the spring, and then bottling these wines at just the right time to capture the bubbles he did master the art of  méthode champenoise.  Which begs the question, when did he ever have time for prayer and reading – and how on earth did he ever practice humility after capturing the stars?

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While true Champagne remains an almost unaffordable luxury at $50 or more per bottle there are several other excellent sparkling wine alternatives in the $20 range including Cava – the Spanish version and my personal favourite – Prosecco – for the Italophile in the room- and Crémant – the name for French sparkling wine made outside the region of Champagne and an excellent source of tasty bubbles.

My advice to you this year is to try many of them and don’t just wait for “special occasions”.  Believe me, there is not a better special occasion than hugging your wife in the kitchen on a Tuesday night with a flute of bubbly.  It really is the only way to live your life. Ironic that a monk devoted to a life of celibacy did something in order to help solidify my marriage … don’t you think? Now who’s rewriting history?


Wimbledon: the best of British snobbery

Summer starts with Wimbledon.  There is something about the upper echelon of British snobbery that titillates my senses.  This is the type of elitist conversation that I trust is happening at the All England Club this week.

  1. “Only a cad plays tennis on anything but grass”
  2. “Only a slack-jawed hillbilly wears anything but tennis whites”
  3. “Only people with new money talk during a tennis match”

Is there a more aristocratic way of watching a sporting event than a bowl of strawberries and cream? The good old boys ain’t doin’ that at a NASCAR event!

The catering company that works Wimbledon goes through 28 000 kg of strawberries and 7 000 litres of cream to satisfy the visitors. This is what people drink:

  1. 25 000 bottles of champagne
  2. 100 000 pints of draught beer and lager
  3. 200 000 glasses of Pimms
  4. 250 000 bottles of water [why so much water when there is champagne?]
  5. 300 000 cups of tea and coffee [and only 3 of those cups are coffee]

What do we watch the Wimbledon final with in my house?  Strawberries, cream, and champagne. Yes the final is a little early in the morning to be drinking champagne over here on this side of the pond but those expensive tiny bubbles are a great chaser to my morning double espresso.

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Lanson is the official champagne of Wimbledon –  it’s $53, but the price of true snobbery should be expensive. Otherwise everybody would be doing it.

LANSON BLACK LABEL BRUT CHAMPAGNE
LCBO 215962 | Price $ 53.95


Special Occasions

“Always keep a bottle of champagne in the fridge for special occasions. Sometimes the special occasion is that you’ve got a bottle of champagne in the fridge” (note posted on our fridge).

LEFÈVRE RÉMONDET BRUT ROSÉ CRÉMANT DE BOURGOGNE
VINTAGES 265306 | Price: $ 15.95

Tasting Note
A light cranberry-red in the glass and displaying aromas of cranberry, cherry and a touch of freshly baked bread on the nose. The palate is extremely well balanced with wonderfully integrated bold red fruit flavours, and a superb crisp acidity providing a firm backbone. Quite a lengthy and flavourful finish. Perfect for sipping with that special someone, or pairing with light seafood salads. (VINTAGES panel, May 2011)


Better than a Groundhog

For Groundhog Day I put a bottle of champagne outside my front porch and I saw its shadow so we drank it.

 Also, technically the champagne was a Crémant de Bourgogne and it was delicious.


Sabering

I’ve been at parties where someone has asked  “Can you open this bottle of champagne for me“. What I would like to do is turn around and yell “Anyone have a sword?” It’s a play on my “Sure I can juggle – anyone have 3 chain saws with them” joke.

This video – sabering champagne – is just another thing my wife won’t let me do at home. Maybe it’s the disclaimer at the beginning of the video.

Do not attempt this yourself… blah blah blah …  enacted by professionals … yada yada yada … mishandling may result in severe injury or death … It’s just this sort of fear mongering that takes the fun out of your trip to the Emergency department. 


Costco Champagne – Booooooo!

My cousin Ed lives in Calgary where the wine flows like beer – you can buy it in the grocery store. You can even buy “Champagne” at Costco.  Ed purchased such “wine”. I did not approve and  have included our correspondance on the matter.  Furthermore, I think we should “boo” people and companies a lot more than we do. Don’t just save it for sporting events. See if you can boo somebody this week.

EdBought a few bottles of (Kirkland Champagne) today. Sometimes you have to forget the label and drink what tastes good! (also got an $11 Segura Viudas Cava for a side by side).

Me – Please don’t buy Kirkland – if you encourage that type of behaviour then 7-11, Mac’s Milk, and Esso will be making their own brand as well. I don’t care if some “sell-out” French guy did make it and then got the buyers drunk over a two hour tour of his estate – it’s just plain wrong.

Edha ha ha ha – wine snobbery at its best! nicely done.

MeCan I use this dialogue as a blog entry – it seems funnier to me each time I read it T

Ed Yes, I am funny. You have permission to use it. Unfortunately I have to drink my purchase, but I promise not to enjoy it

Poor misguided cousin Ed.  I think I might need to correspond with him more in the future.
 

Boooooo