Archive for November, 2014

Ask Sid: Best Glass For Sparkling Wine?

November 5th, 2014

Best glass for serving champagne?

Question: What is the best wine glass shape for serving sparkling white?

Answer: Historically sparkling wines were served in lots of different shaped glasses including the famous Marie Antoinette shallow broad-bowled coupe. The occasion usually was festive so often fancy cut glass – even coloured – was used as part of the show. Eventually the shape evolved to better capture the bubble stream and slow the dissipation. This is the tall narrow flute in such common use today. However some of us want less focus on the fizz and more on the complex aromatics. I prefer a white wine glass in the shape of a tulip with a very thin lip for most bubbles including all Champagne. This style is becoming increasing popular and there are lots of excellent specialty ones out there now in the marketplace to check out. However the best glass answer has almost gone full circle again from designer saucers back in vogue for some and others choosing a large bowled pinot noir glass to allow more room for swirling and release of the bouquet. There is no right single answer. Experiment and find the glass you like.


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1982 Château Cheval Blanc

November 3rd, 2014

1982 Château Cheval Blanc
By Benjamin Zingg, Switzerland (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

Hope this week you will let me reflect on some personal wine indulgence. I am each week so fortunate to be able to enjoy some of the world’s best wines. This last one was astonishing with a treasure chest including rich 76 Dom Perignon, mags young 99 Salon, exquisite pure 91 Chablis Les Clos Raveneau, Coche Dury Corton Charlemagnes young 11, readier 96, and still lemony 99, full 02 Montrachet Bouchard Pere in Jeroboam, comparison of 93 Rousseau Clos St Jacques, Clos de Beze, and best Le Chambertin, Roumier Bonnes Mares 02, energetic 99, and 95, DRC 91s Echezeaux, delicious Oriental spice Richebourg, and La Tache, unique 29 Massandra White Muscat, mature 29 d’Yquem, and 48 Taylor Vintage Port.

Many well celebrated 82 Bordeaux where well stored are really special now at 30+ years. In Vancouver a vertical of Cheval Blanc back to 1962 showed 1982 as a complete complex beauty closely followed by a great emerging 1990. In Boston 2 flights of top properties and years included 83 Palmer Mag, 82 Margaux in Jeroboam, 82 La Mission Haut Brion in Imperiale, 85 Lafleur Mag, 85 Petrus Double Mag, and 82 Cheval Blanc in Jeroboam. For me in spite of a usual bias for Left Bank cabs the superb texture of “luxury cashmere” coined by Pierre Lurton and displayed by Cheval was other worldly!

Hail to 1982 Château Cheval Blanc a well deserved and proven super star of a legendary vintage!


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