Month: October 2014


Candy Champagne

Doctor Champagne is obsessed with fine glassware (to put it mildly).

A few weeks ago, I sent him an article from VinePair called “Are We Wasting Hundreds of Millions of Dollars on Wine Glasses Every Year?”. The article basically concluded that he was wasting his money on his expensive glassware.

He was NOT happy and put us to the challenge of a champagne tasting with Riedel’s finest champagne glasses – the Veritas and XL. To mix it up, we also tasted with the Riedel restaurant champagne glass line.

The Veritas glass is an absolutely beautiful Riedel glass – a glass of machine blown lead crystal – check out the beautiful shape of this fine Riedel glass:

The XL is also a very special glass:

To up the ante for the champagne tasting, he brought out KRUG.

We did the blind tasting two ways: nose and taste. The Champagne Greek, Champagne Surgeon and myself all picked the same in the blind nose and tasting: XL, Veritas, Restaurant. Dr. Champagne picked Veritas, XL, Restaurant.

We let the champagne open up and did an open tasting about 20 minutes later. This time, it was unaminously Veritas, Veritas, Veritas, Veritas. What really stood for us was the way the Veritas truly let the Krug evolve and open up. The Veritas glass allowed the Krug to be enjoyed at its best.

What did we learn? The Veritas glass is exceptional and Dr. Champagne can keep indulging in glassware!

PS/ We also enjoyed a 2004 Bollinger in the Veritas.

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Veritas blog

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– Candy Champagne

There is always so much to be thankful for at Thanksgiving. Most importantly, our family and wonderful friends we celebrated TG with. And of course, champagne!

The Champagne Newfie spoiled me again. She brought a bottle of vintage 1999 Dom Perignon!


As noted by the Chef de Cave Richard Geoffroy:
“Dom Perignon Vintange 1999 – this wine is full of life, with a fresh rose that dances through a spiral of aromas, blending hints of angelica, dried flowers, pineapple and cinnamon. With a fullness in the mouth, its pearly complexity rises to the surface by the warmth of pepper spice. This sensation, almost unsettling is even more pronounced in the finish”.

That is a pretty fancy explanation for what I describe as AMAZING!!!

Thank you Champagne Newfie!

My favourite kind of floral arrangement

TG corks

TG champagne

Thanksgiving Dead Soldiers

TG dead soldiers


Candy Champagne

The Champagne Newfie spoils me (so does Dr. Champagne and the Champagne Greek!).

In the summer, the Champagne Newfie surprised me with a 1996 La Grande Dame and last weekend she surprised me with another 1996! This time, Moët & Champagne Millesime Blanc 1996.

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The colour was a buttery yellow (the pictures don’t do the colour justice), the bubbles were remarkably still quite active and the nose was rich and creamy (definitely Chardonnay like in aroma). Overall it was a very special bottle and was a good time we drank it (I wouldn’t have wanted to keep this one much longer).

Here is more on Champagne’s exceptional 1996 year:

And more on the 1996 La Grande Dame:

Look what the Champagne Newfie says we are drinking next!

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Candy Champagne

I recently wrote about Blanc de Blancs. It is fitting that I love B de B’s since Chardonnay is my white wine of choice

I recently had an opportunity to try Taittinger’s Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2005 with Dr. Champagne and the Champagne Greek. What a special treat.

Winemakers notes –
Produced only in exceptional vintage years and intended as the ultimate expression of the Taittinger style, this wine is composed entirely of Chardonnay grapes from 6 Grand Cru sites in the prestigious Cote de Blancs. This is a powerful, refined, expressive and complex Champagne, with notes of citrus fruits. The long, rich ending reveals a sweet licorice aroma.

Wine Spectator –
A rich and enticing aroma heralds this elegant blanc de Blancs with flavours of pastry, poached apple and candied ginger. 94 points

Candy Champagne –
My new favourite Blanc de Blancs – it was absolutely outstanding (I still love Palmer too!).

More on Palmer (another exceptional Blanc de Blancs)

Taittinger blanc de blanc

We had a few other bottles of champagne that day too…

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