Ray Isle of Food & Wine joins Kathie Lee and Hoda to discuss wine bar accessories. Most important, Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Gris! Check out the clip below.
“It’s Winesday Wednesday, the perfect time for Ray Isle of Food and Wine magazine to join Kathie Lee and Hoda with accessories for your wine bar, including corkscrews, glasses, buckets and more. Who will open a wine bottle faster: KLG with an electric corkscrew, or Hoda with a manual model? (Run time: 4:23)”
Jancis Robinson revisits several 1996 Champagnes from Bollinger – see below for her notes from the tasting!
“And the weekend before last at a private dinner, for instance, I tasted two bottles of Bollinger Grande Année 1996 from the same case. The first was served blind and I guessed it was at least 10 years older, probably more. It was barely fizzy and had a severe shortage of fruit – the common fault in 1996s that have not aged gracefully. But a second bottle was much, much fresher and zestier, even though it still finished a little dry. My tasting note ended ‘better than some of the most austere 1996s but not glorious’. (This sort of bottle variation is, alas, all too common in wines both still and sparkling. The reason could be a difference in cork quality, or in how each bottle was stored before being packed in the case.)
On the other hand, BI’s tasting included a magnum of Bollinger 1996 disgorged (separated from the sediment of the second fermentation in bottle) much more recently than these standard-release Bollinger 1996s would have been disgorged. This Bollinger RD 1996, RD standing for recently disgorged, was not disgorged until September 2013 and is sold at a premium (£540 a magnum in bond from BI). This was a much more intense and glorious wine whose density seemed better able to compensate for all that acidity than the earlier-disgorged examples.
Bollinger, RD Extra Brut 1996
£540 a magnum in bond from BI”
Check out this great press coverage for Bollinger and “Absolutely Fabulous: the Movie” in the Tampa Bay Times. It opens nationally on Friday!
“Any fan of Absolutely Fabulous will recognize that war cry. The BBC comedy series, which ran from 1992 to 2004, starred Jennifer Saunders as London PR agency owner Edina Monsoon and Joanna Lumley as magazine editor Patsy Stone. The pair are enthusiastic party girls and dedicated followers of fashion who simply refuse to age out of their passions (or their miniskirts).
AbFab’s over-the-top humor and Eddy’s and Patsy’s exuberantly overindulgent lifestyle (not to mention Saunders’ brilliant writing) made it one of my favorite TV sitcoms ever. And now it’s back: Absolutely Fabulous the Movie opens Friday, with Eddy, Patsy and the whole gang back with a bang.”
Dave Buchanan, wine writer for The Daily Sentinel in Colorado, featured the Rafael Valpolicella in “This year’s wine trend? Chill out” as a medium-bodied red that, when served chilled, is perfect for summer sipping. He recommends the Rafael as one of his “favorite Italian reds” and “was pleased to see how well the wines paired with the variety of grilled meats and vegetables.”
The Dallas, TX region’s D Magazine featured the Le Rosse Pinot Grigio on its “Daily Dish” blog in a summer wine roundup story, “What to Drink Now: Summer White Wines.” Wine writer Hayley Hamilton describes the wine as “lively and balanced, with just the right amount of fruit.” She also touches on the family and the Valpolicella vineyards. “The Tommasi family elevates their Tommasi Le Rosse Pinot Grigio, displaying an earthy, grassy and very fragrant wine from their estate vineyard in Valpolicella.”
British wine writer Jancis Robinson recently posted a piece on Chateau Montelena, called “That Paris judgment, 40 years on.” Below is an excerpt.
“When his grandson asks him why he is famous, wine writer Steven Spurrier shows him George M Taber’s book Judgment of Paris, a tangible reminder of the fateful blind tasting of California and top French wines he organised on 24 May 1976.
In this 40th anniversary year, Spurrier has been travelling the globe – to Florida, California, Washington DC, Paris and at least five commemorative events in and around London (including this one at Sager & Wilde, reported on recently by Julia, and this one at Christie’s, reported on this week by me) – so long lasting, if slow burning, have been the effects of what he called at one celebration at Christie’s, London, last month ‘a template whereby unknown wines of quality could go against famous ones’. A bottle of each of the winning California wines are even part of the Smithsonian museums’ collection of ‘101 Objects that Made America’.”
Jancis Robinson wrote a piece on Bollinger’s recent opening of Gallery 1829, its collection of library vintages. Below is an excerpt.
“Although they are masters of glamorous on-screen product placement (think James Bond and Ab Fab), Bollinger have always seemed a little less theatrical than some champagne houses. But a tasting last month at their home in Aÿ was the stage for a spectacular unveiling of some gloriously mature vintages discovered during an…”
Wine writer Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post this week—a “love letter” to Champagne Bollinger that describes the new Galerie 1829 and La Réserve (together, the “Wine Library”) specifically, as well as Bollinger generally. Below is an excerpt.
“Why a Bollinger champagne, c. 1914, tastes especially sweet
AY, FRANCE The Bollinger champagne house sits on a bluff above the French village of Ay, just east of Épernay. Ay is a sleepy little town that boasts more mileage in its underground cellars than on its cobblestone streets. You descend 49 uneven steps to enter the cellars, which are modest compared with those of some champagne houses. But it would be easy to get lost down there. The dimly lighted brick-lined tunnels extend for more than 3½ miles, stacked with thousands of bottles, magnums and Jeroboams of champagne, each a time capsule of a vintage past and an invitation to a celebration to come.”
Check out this beautiful new video from Bollinger (2 minutes, 50 seconds), specifically about the crafts of their tonnelier (cooper)and remueur (riddler)—the painstaking, time-consuming work these true artisans do is mind-boggling.