It was New Year’s Eve, the ball was dropping, the clock counting down and champagne was in order. Problem is every year as we usher in the new year and toast with a glass of bubbly I did so out of tradition and not because I really enjoyed drinking it. I am one of the few people I know that doesn’t like champagne. I like wine so that isn’t the problem. I like fizzy drinks so that too isn’t the problem. It is just something about the combination that doesn’t appeal to me.
I was told that I just needed to drink a higher quality champagne. Veuve clicquot is regaled by many as a top quality champagne. I read a really great book on the history of the Clicquot family and empire and while I thought it an interesting read I still don’t jump up and down at the taste of one of France’s finest.
Then a year ago I was out to brunch at the Gaslight Brasserie in Boston and I wanted something light to accompany my crab meat appetizer. I had read how white wine/champagne can be made from red grapes as well if you remove the skin first. If you wanted to drink wine made exclusively from white/green grapes then look for the classification “blanc de blanc”. When I saw the Blanc de Blanc Grandial on the menu I figured I’d give it a try.
One sip and my entire opinion of champagne changed. It is light, crisp and does not leave that strange lingering after taste I often associate with champagne. For the past year or so I along with my family had gone into every liquor store between Atlantic City and Boston and came up empty trying to track this elusive bottle down. At long last my mom ordered it online. This Christmas to my pleasure a couple bottles were waiting under the tree! This year at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve I sipped my Grandial and figured this could be a sign of good things to come for 2014!