01 January 2008

Happy New Year!

For my New Year's Eve Champagne, I picked the NV Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin and chose to serve it during a viewing of Casablanca, where the Yellow Label makes a cameo appearance. It's also been featured in other films, such as Hitchcock's Rope and To Catch a Thief, as well as the oft-maligned Godfather III and the acclaimed Babette's Feast. The screenshot above is from the 22 minute mark in the film, after Claude Rains has said "May I recommend Veuve Clicquot '26, a good French wine." This is when the waiter has returned to serve it, though it's a quick cut amongst gunplay and confusion while Peter Lorre is escaping.

This Champagne is made from 50-55% Pinot Noir, 15-20% Pinot Meunier, and 28-33% Chardonnay. Crisp, a little tart, with aromas of green apple and some lingering flavors of apricot. My New Year's plans were fairly low key, so we enjoyed it with various cheeses during the film.

It looks like with the new year, winter has finally arrived here in Memphis. It's right at freezing as I type this, and perhaps I'll even get a chance or two to wear wool scarves before spring arrives. Stay warm out there, kick back and enjoy a cup of hot tea while the north winds blow.

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