That *Other* Perrier (Joseph Perrier Champagne Recent Releases)

Vinted on October 15, 2015 binned in crowd pleaser wines, elegant wines, on the road, wine review

Joseph Perrier caves

Jean-Claude Fourmon – president of the fourth-generation family-owned Joseph Perrier in Châlons-en-Champagne – doesn’t seem at all deterred by the fact that, in the U.S., his brand is probably best known as “that other Perrier” that not-as-many people have tasted.

Jean-Claude Fourmon

Jean-Claude Fourmon

He’s quick with amusing witticisms, bordering on platitudes if not for his fantastic delivery; things like, “a day without Champagne is very sad” (truer words were never spoken, I suppose), “we all know that Prosecco is a poison” (definitely not true, but funny), “grapes, blend, and dosage make all the difference, the rest is fantasy” (refreshingly honest), and “‘Can I have another glass?’ That is how I measure success!” (not a bad watermark, methinks).

Now, if he were less affable, he might be a bit more worried about the fact that, since they export seventy-five percent of their production, having a lower profile in one of the world’s largest wine markets isn’t ideal. But Fourmon seems to think that history will prevail.

After all, Joseph Perrier has the Champagne traditions that wine geeks love: along with multi-generational family ownership, there’s multi-generational grape-growing supply agreements, multi-generational cellarmasters, equipment that’s reminiscent of a working museum, and a history that puts the brand in lock-step with the better-known Champers houses (in the early twentieth century, they shared the region’s first paper label with those other brands – only the brand names was changed on each at the time)…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For October 12, 2015

Vinted on October 12, 2015 binned in wine mini-reviews

So, like, what is this stuff, anyway?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 10 Tasca d’Almerita Tenuta Regaleali Riserva del Conte (Sicily): The peasants stormed the castle, & triumphantly overthrown the king! $NA A >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Baglio del Cristo di Campobello Lu Patri Nero d’Avola (Sicily): Old school dark fruits, thoroughly dressed up in modern clothes. $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Cristo di Campobello CDC Rosato di Nero d’Avola (Sicily): The cherries & strawberries come to you jauntily, on little, happy feet. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Planeta Eruzione 1614 Carricante Sicilia (Sicily): When they’re this pretty, you wish that they’d flaunt it just a little bit more. $18 B >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Planeta Etna Bianco (Sicily): There’s no ignoring this floral, fruity, and potent expression when it struts itself into the room. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Pietradolce Archineri Etna Bianco (Sicily): If seawater were drinkable & tasty, & could get you buzzed, it would taste like this. $23 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Graci Etna Bianco (Sicily): Pithy, pleasant, & picking pretty flowers; & that finish isn’t going anywhere for a while, thankfully. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Crossbarn Paul Hobbs Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Sonoma County): Basically, you won’t be able to keep your grubby lips off of it. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Alamos Seleccion Malbec (Mendoza): Could double as an wine encyclopedia entry for what to expect from capable Argentine Malbec. $19 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Darms Lane Oak Knoll District Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Sings in a rich baritone, but true harmony still remains elusive. $28 B >>find this wine<<



Hey, Big Spender! (October 2015 Wine Product Roundup)

Vinted on October 8, 2015 binned in wine products

After the success of last week’s wine product roundup (why aren’t you people so free with your coinage when I ask you to donate to charities?), I figured I’d get an early lead on the October edition of the rummaging through of my product samples. Be forewarned, the selections aren’t cheap, but they are well worth a serious look-see.

vinomasterFirst up, is yet another wine opener (I know… I know…). Before you throw up in your mouth, hear me out on this one: the Vinomaster Screwpull (about $45) has totally relegated my old “rabbit-style” opener to the bench for the foreseeable bottle-popping future.

While I like the rabbit-style action for fast cork extraction (particularly if you’re opening several bottles at a time), I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve nearly killed myself trying to stabilize the bottle while using that opener (this is for those instances where clamping the bottom of the bottle in my crotch would be considered socially awkward). The Vinomaster not only works like a charm for yanking corks, it also looks pretty good, feels very sturdy, and the design allows you get a firm grip on the bottle without having to employ crotch-stabilization techniques. The included foil-cutter is more run-of-the-mill, unfortunately, but that doesn’t spoil the excellence of the screwpull itself.

Next, there’s yet another wine aerator (again, mouth-puking should be withheld for a moment or two, if possible). I should first tell you that I’ve yet to encounter a wine accessory that’s more fun to use than the Aervana (about $100), which is billed as the world’s first electric wine aerator. While I haven’t researched it enough to challenge that claim, I have employed a modicum of aeration testing on the thing, and was thrilled with the results (particularly on younger, more tannic reds). The thing actually has a lot going against it: it’s pricey; it works great, but not exceptionally greater than much less expensive aerators (for my buck, the Soiree still wears the crown in that department when it comes to the price/results ratio); it’s a little top-heavy; it’s a little on the noisy side; and it requires six (!) batteries to run it, which is probably more than most marital aids.

AervanaBUT… There is no denying the fun to be had in using it. In my household, no one, including children, would let me get away with not showing them how it worked after catching a glimpse of it sitting atop an open bottle. Once you press the button on the top, and the whirring starts up, and the wine starts pouring out of the attached spout, it’s awesome. And the novelty doesn’t wear off quickly, either; it stays fun (though that might have as much to do with increased wine consumption as a result of using it as it does anything else). The second-best part? Cleaning the Aervana is almost as much fun as aerating wine with it (rinse the empty bottle, fill it up with clean water, and run the aerator again – brilliant!).






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