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Wine Blogging Wednesday No. 25

I can't quite remember how I found out about this - wasn't Spittoon - but you ought to know that there is such a thing as a Wine Blogging Wednesday, and that the current event is being managed by Sam Breach, whose blog gives a Brit's perspective on what's cooking in San Francisco and environs. You can find out more about the whole business here.

It was impossible to resist joining in with this one, especially since the smaller producers Ms Breach was hoping to discover are the people we have always worked with.

The bottle in question was José Pierlot's Grande Réserve, a mostly Pinot Meunier blend that we sell for €34.90 retail. M. Pierlot, whose vineyards are in the Vallée de la Marne, is our original supplier, the man who put the very first bubbles into Bubble Brothers.

Now despite my generous ahem staff discount, I don't be bringing the stuff home every night of the week. Remember folks, we in Ireland have to pay €4.05 duty on every bottle stoppered with a champagne cork. That's right, six times the EU average!

So it took a special occasion to merit the investment. Wine Blogging Wednesday, sorry to say, didn't even cross my mind at the time - I was looking for a way to cheer up a wedding anniversary spent at work, so I put a bottle in the 'fridge at lunchtime as something to look forward to that evening.

Two small children rather cramp yer style dinner-wise, especially when they regularly try to keep later hours than their parents. But, mark this, an Indian take-away eaten at half past ten at night and washed down with Monsieur P's champagne felt like real luxury - something of the dormitory feast about it.

I hadn't tried the Pierlot for a good while, and was surprised at just how juicily fruity it is. It's not ethereal, evanescent, bubbles-of-the-gods stuff. It's much more direct, with dried-fruit and raspberryish concentration on the nose and the palate. Smashing wine to drink, honest and reviving.

What's more, though two of us (both light drinkers) drank more or less the whole bottle, there were no morning-after-effects at all.

Notwithstanding the governmental robbery alluded to above, it's great value. I know, I know, I would say that. Try it if you don't (or do) believe me.

Technorati tags: Wine Blogging Wednesday, champagne, curry, Pinot Meunier, WBW

5 thoughts on “Wine Blogging Wednesday No. 25”

  • Thank you for your entry to WBW.In order for me to link to you in my round up please would it be possible for you to edit this post to include a link to the WBW announcement on my own blog. That way, your readers will be able to find out about the event too and maybe we can help encourage more participants.It will also provide trackbacks which also help spread the word about WBW, which is intended as a community coming together.Thank you very much,Sam

  • Hi Sam, The post title links as requested. I thought that would do the trick, but I'll put another mention in the body of the post.

  • Well - you are a bright one! I have never met anyone who does post links on their blog. That's news to me - nice to know, I must try it sometime. I think it is nice when you take part in an event like this to spread the word about the event to readers, so thanks for that link indeed. I, 'Sam' am obviously well known in Ireland. Did you see my Summer pudding recipe in the Dublin Sunday Business Post Food section then?I think we are lucky here in the US - we can get a decent bottle for under $30. I am not sure why or how as I remember in the UK champagne was much more pricey.Do they tax that much on all wine then, or just champagne? what's their excuse?I hope to get the round up done by Monday.CHeers, hic!

  • I'm sorry if I wasn't a bit more explicit about WBW, who Sam is, and where to find out more. The Sunday Business Post is as all right as a paper with 'business' in the title can be, as I recall, though I didn't see your recipe, unfortunately. Hope you didn't encourage the use of strawberries.As far as duty on champagne goes, I'll get around to a full post on it, but anything under a mushroom cork attracts duty per bottle of €4.10 - normal still wine €2.05. My view is that this is a punitive tax from the days before people here drank much wine, which it suits modern governments not to change.Thank you for all your work on WBW.

  • Wine Blogging Wednesday? Wow . . . now that sounds like a good idea . . .

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