Moet & Chandon White Star Champagne, France $30
For me, there seems to be more defeats on a daily basis than victories.
Champagne is often the quintessential consolation prize don't you think?
I am not sure what everyone is waiting for when it comes to popping the cork...there does not need to be a large scale celebration to enjoy a little bit of bubbly with dinner.
The innovative closures available these days keep Champagne fresh, allowing you to have a glass with your meal and store the rest without feeling like you have to finish the bottle.
Remember, Napoleon said it best, "In defeat you need it!!"
My point is, we have become so programmed into believing Champagne is only for weddings, victories and New Year's Eve.
The truth is, life itself is a worthy celebration. The good and the bad.
Every day is a victory and we learn the most from our defeats.
At my home, this particular Champagne is a brand staple. There are always several bottles hanging around here somewhere, waiting for the next meal of opportunity to be opened.
This brand can be found everywhere and often cheaper than the normal $30 price tag.
This Champagne is a balanced blend of three grape varieties; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Petit Meunier.
It has a soft floral nose, with hints of an apple-pear aroma. On the palate, white fruit and nuts come pouring through. The finish is clean, crisp and refreshing, as expected.
But seriously, start enjoying some bubbles already. Stop waiting for the ball to drop in Time's Square for you to get an inkling to pop a cork.
Champagne is a food friendly wine, matching perfectly with many spicy dishes, seafood and light pastas.
So tell me...when do you open Champagne?
Do you wait for that defining moment of victory; a birth, a new job or a holiday? Or do you enjoy it with dinner as you do a still wine (wine without bubbles)?
I'd like to know.