Not just for celebrating, these wines are wonderful with food. As Lily Bollinger so eloquently stated, “I drink it 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’m not hungry and I drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it, unless I’m thirsty.”
119 1997 Nicolas Feuillatte, “Palmes d’Or” Epernay, France 244
127 NV Ruinart, “Blanc de Blancs” Reims, France 163
133 NV Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, “Yellow Label” Brut, Reims, France 128
104 NV Moët & Chandon, Rosé Imperial, Champagne, France 115
130 NV Tattinger, Brut La Francaise, Reims, France 90
143 NV Risque, Toad Hollow, France 39
145 NV Prosecco, Ruffino, Firenze, Italy 38
152 2009 Schramsberg Vineyards, “Blanc de Blancs”, California 76
153 2009 Schramsberg Vineyards, “Blanc de Noirs”, California 78
155 NV Schramsberg Vineyards, Mirabelle” Brut, California 60
157 2001 Schramsberg Vineyards, “J. Schram” California 141
Bin 133, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, “Yellow Label” Brut, Reims France 128
Veuve Clicquot was established in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot. When Philippe’s son, Francois, died in 1805, his wife Barbe Nicole Ponsardin was left a widow at the age of 27. Against all tradition, the audacious Madame Clicquot took over the family business and built one of the greatest champagne houses in the world, making her one of the top business women of modern times. Veuve Clicquot’s signature brut non-vintage is loved the world over for its crisp, full flavors, consistent quality and celebratory yellow label. The predominance of Pinot Noir provides the structure that is so typically Clicquot, while a touch of Pinot Meunier rounds out the blend. Chardonnay adds the elegance and finesse essential in a perfectly balanced wine.
Like spun silk in your mouth, with notes of honey, apricots and peaches. These rich, luscious wines will pair well with desert and cheese, but they will also be stunning all by themselves.
090 2011 Moscato D’ Asti, Novole, Italy 375mL 35
089 2011 North by North West, Wallula Benches Riesling, Columbia Valley 375mL 10/37
15498 2013 Moscato, Valentino “Poquitos”, Valencia, Spain 35
A rose is a type of wine that incorporates some of the color from the grape skins, but not enough to qualify as a red wine. It may be the oldest known type of wine, as it is the most straight forward to make with the skin contact method.
120 2014 Vin Gris de Cigare, Bonny Doon Vineyards, Central Coast, California 33