New Member Monday: Choosing a Champagne
Happy New Year everyone! I trust you’ve all recovered from your massive hangovers. If not, then what the hell happaned!? It’s a new calendar year at the HoP and our first crop of new members is a great way to start things up (especially nice when paired with the amazing post by Lo on Monday).
But first, I need to do a little bit of a public service. Now, It’s a couple days late, but the information is still invaluable.
Anway, it may come that next year you are invited to a New Years Eve party and have been asked to bring a bottle of champagne. Or even some other, lesser fancy party later in the year. It will be very important that you don’t fuck this up.
How to Pick a Bottle of Champagne
his is not a complicated guide and will be skipping over much of the minutia of wine drinking and will probably curdle the blood of an aficionado. But them’s the breaks.
Now, wine is a tricky beast – with all the hard to pronounce varieties, the food pairing rules, the question of vintage, the wild differences in quality between regions & vintners and so on and so forth.
It’s all very important stuff… if you’re a hard core wine drinker. You’re probably not. And if you are, then good on you – you’re the fanciest drunk there is and I’m jealous. But we don’t need to hear about it. All you need to know is to follow these three rules:
1) Go to a good liquor store. Or even a wine shop if you’ve got one handy. Just make sure it’s a little upscale. Once you’re there, go to the champagne section (this will be clearly marked in a good store). DO NOT go to a grocery store.
2) Buy actual champagne. ALL champagne comes from a single region in France. Otherwise, as Rob Lowe tells us, it’s just a sparking white wine. If the bottle you are considering lists another white wine type (Pinot Grigio, for example) and/or was made outside of France, it IS NOT champagne no matter what the label says.
3) Spend more than $10. Hell, you should probable spend more than $20 if we’re honest. But so long as it’s French, the $10 rule is good enough. If you’re prepared to spend even more, a good indication that the Champagne will be good is if the bottle comes in a fancy box (but is NOT boxed wine).
There you go. Now you can avoid embarrassment and impress your friends next year.
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No essay this week as no one wrote one. So we’ll let things stand with the champagne advice.