Saturday, November 2, 2013

Drinking great champagne - especially on your 21st Anniversary! Piper-Heidsieck Top 100 champagne it is!

Nothing better than bubbly and blue skies!
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Let's face it - champagne is a fantastic wine that is sadly a bit too expensive other than on special occasions.

So when you have one - and my wife Shirley Ross and I just celebrated our 21st anniversary - I have two suggestions:  1)  Drink a good champagne and 2) Consider buying a half bottle - 375 ml size - so you can do it more often!

Fortunately, in British Columbia and many other places you can drink a delicious Piper-Heidsieck non-vintage champagne that is on the Wine Spectator magazine's Top 100 Wines of 2012 and scored a very impressive 93 points.

The Spectator said: "Elegant, with rich base notes of toasted brioche and smoke adding depth, this integrates finely honed acidity, detailed texture and flavors of black cherry puree, apple tarte Tatin, kumquat and grated ginger. Provides a creamy, mineral-tinged finish."

Okay - I didn't find all that in my glass but let's just say it is one tasty, creamy good champagne!

I was fortunate enough to have bought a few half-bottles a while back but at the moment BC Liquor Stores don't seem to have anything but the full bottles.  Those will cost you a not insignificant $64.95 but there are 700 bottles available across the province.

Piper-Heidseick NV Brut Champagne

















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