Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Temptation, temptation....

Toronto's been experiencing a cool spring this year. We were getting pounded by rain and humidity at this time last year, so this has been a nice surprise. It feels nothing like summer yet, so I don't know why I've been feeling so frisky and anxious.

There was a VintagesOnline release today. I tried not to, but regretfully, the order is through for NV H. Billiot et Fils Brut Grand Cru. One of those grower Champagnes that everyone in the know likes to tout. It's becoming such a cliché for people to brag about how much grower Champagne they drink and how close they are with the people who make them that it's in danger of becoming a trend. In wines, trends signify the death of taste. But in this case, I'm willing to latch on - always a treat to be able to taste any grower Champagnes.

Maybe I should explain. Grower Champagne is Champagne that is made by people who actually grow the grapes, hence the grower moniker. Sorry to disillusion you about Champagne, but the vast majority of wine being produced is being made from purchased grapes. Yeah, the Veuve Clicquot you love so much, and supposedly gives you an aura of classiness and breed? Bubbly, mass-produced vinous rip-off.

My 2006 Bordeaux have arrived! I think I'll be picking out some bottles to drink immediately. Have to make some decisions, because you can't buy without knowing what the wines taste like.

What temptations will come up next? I really want to get out this weekend. Hopefully, my email will be returned, and we'll be able to enjoy a great weekend outing. Wine-related, bien sur.

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