Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Drink of the Week: Moët & Chandon White Star

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 3:19 PM

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For this first week of this column, I would like to suggest having a signature bubbly, one that you go to for every occasion. It should be a little bit special, but not prohibitive. Doing so takes advantage of that mysterious thing called "sense memory" -- why the perfume White Linen will never smell like anything but my mom to me and why even the first sip of White Star makes me giddy.

Made by Moët & Chandon, the largest Champagne producer in the world and the same house that makes Dom Perignon, White Star is the best-selling Champagne in the United States. There are certainly sparkling wines that will make you look more clever at a dinner party, but there is something to be said for a reliably good one that you can pick up at the grocery store on a whim. Besides, someone who looks down their nose at a bottle of Champagne is probably not someone you want to be partying with anyway.

If you're the type of person who reads wine reviews, then you will see this Champagne described as soft, with apple and pear flavors, and almonds on the finish. To me it tastes like a hundred Valentine's days and birthdays, anniversaries and congratulations, going-away and welcome-home parties. This week, I popped a bottle in my kitchen to celebrate my new gig. I was in good company, the best, and that's the point: A drink may be the Drink of the Week simply because of the people who share it with you.

Now for a toast. Writing is hard, drinking mostly not. Since I have more experience with the latter, I'm going to cheat a little here and borrow someone else's great last lines, which I can only hope to emulate:
It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.
                                                                                      -- E.B. White, Charlotte's Web

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