Month: March 2015

Sometimes we drink Cava

By Dr. Champagne

On my way out when Bobo yells at me ” you know they don’t have a lot of champagne in Spain”. I had already resigned myself to drinking sparkling wine instead of champagne.

Discovered this amazing restaurant on the water Barraca Mar I Arros, on the water sandwiched between the W and Hotel Arts.

Had a Rose Cava, Lounge Bertha and the best seafood Paella.





Heaven without champagne?

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Battle of the Rose Champagne ….. Continued

By Dr. Champagne

“Bobo” I yelled “my blog published before I finished writing”. He just ignored me. Off course being a blog novice I could not figure out how to go back so am continuing the blog here.

Surprisingly I loved the Laurent Perrier Rose, it deserves to be called the best Rose Champagne in the world, this comes from a die hard Lanson Rose fan.

The champagne surgeon hummed and hawed but picked the Veuve as her favorite, I think she just likes the story of the widow!!!



Laurent Perrier Rose the clear winner.

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Battle of the Rose’s, Laurent Perrier vs Lanson vs Veuve Clicquot Rose

By Dr. Champagne 

” You can’t do this Dad ” said my boy Bobo. He was questioning why I would be comparing our favorite Rose champagnes without Candy Champagne ” you know she has the best nose ” he exclaimed!

As you know it is hard to argue with Bobo but I had Baby champagne and the Champagne Surgeon with me. 

First task of the day was to chill the champagne to the same temprature.



In a way I am glad Candy  Champagne was not here for the tasting, Laurent Perrier is her favorite Rose. In fact it is the most recognized Rose champagne in the world. It is made of 100% Pinot Noir grapes from 10 different crus.



I personally love the Lanson Rose. It for me is the most  reasonably priced champagnes on the market. Made with mixture of the three grape varieties in champagne Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay.



 

The Champagne Surgeon of course loves Veuve Clicquot Rose. This non vintage champagne is an accessible perfectly balanced Veuve style champagne with Pinot Noir making up 50% of the three classic grapes.



So the tasting was done by myself and the Champagne Surgeon, Baby Champagne slept in.

The tasting was blinded. We did not see the color, we were blind folded. The Laurent Perrier had a deep red fruit nose, smooth crackling mouth feel and a long beautiful finish.  The Veuve had a nice red fruit nose and mouth feel but an abrupt finish. The Lanson was musty on the nose, light on fruit with citrus notes more comparable to a brut and almost a corky finish, we both wondered if it was a bottle that had not been stored properly.

Unblinded the Laurent Perrier had a beautiful ruby color with the Veuve being lighter and the Lanson having a very light Salmon Hue.





My hands down favorite was the z

Champagne in Turks and Caicos 

By Dr Champagne

Bobo my boy was sick of winter so we decided to escape south to the Turks. This is where I faced a dilemma, usually  I would pack a case of champagne and my Reidel glasses.

As everything is imported, goods on islands tend to be expensive but with my new passion to travel ultralight decided to risk it.

Stayed at a resort called Seven Stars and the glassware was more than adequate with two varieties of champagne glasses.



The selection at the IGA. a two minute walk away was a great selection of Brut champagne. The best deal was the Laurent Perrier at $50 but the Veuve was $85! Compare this to the Laurent Perrier Rose at $85?



A similar paradox happened in the Vintage selection with the Tattinger at $120 but Cristal at an unheard of $420!



Overall I was glad I didn’t pack my own champagne avoided the popular brands and drank the Laurent Perrier Rose all week, cheaper than in the store back home.

Bobo was happy.

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