Category Archives: Wine & Drink

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Pairing Champagne and Food: Charles Heidsieck Winemaker’s Dinner at Restaurant Niels

Beef tartare at Restaurant Niels

SPONSORED CONTENT NOTE: I attended the winemaker’s dinner described in this post as a guest of Interbrands Denmark. View, opinions and strange metaphors are entirely my own! Champagne is a breathtaking creation. No other drink in the world evokes quite the same feelings of luxury, splendor, hedonism, sex, beauty and sin in quite the same […]

Review: Champagne Dom Perignon 1996 – Tasting Notes and Thoughts

dom perignon 1996 review

Dom Perignon 1996 – Those words alone should raise some brows amongst serious Champagne aficionados. In the wonderful world of Champagne, there is perhaps no wine more famous than the iconically shaped bottles of Dom Perignon – and, at the same time, perhaps none more controversial! Add to that the fate of the 1996 Champagne […]

Classic Cocktails: French 75 Champagne Cocktail

French 75 cocktail

Let me tell you a story about what has quickly become my favorite cocktail: The French 75 – a perfect blend of four simple, albeit somewhat decadent ingredients: The crisp, herbal bite of gin, the vibrant, bubbly freshness of Champagne, a juicy acidic punch of fresh lemon and a whiff of sweetness from a hint of […]

Review: 2011 Gardarèm by Marrenon – World’s Best Syrah?

Gardarèm 2011

Gardarèm, they say, is ancient Gallic for “We keep”. It’s also the name of the, supposedly, best Syrah in the world. Most importantly, though, it is the culmination of a journey for your’s truly. It’s no secret. I’ve drunk a lot of wine throughout the years… Much of it good, some of it bad, if […]