Posts Tagged ‘sparkling’

Hello Kitty Champagne on Sale in San Francisco – You Know, For Kids!

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Well I suppose it’s really for adults, you know, legally!

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Speaking of legalities, I suppose it’s actually sparkling wine and not champagne*

Kanpai, keiki, kanpai!

*You can sell “California Champagne” legally in the USA, but only the stuff from certain operators. If, for whatever reason, it ends up in France, they’ll call it counterfeit and then destroy it, oh well.

Nebuchadnezzar! A $1500 Bottle of Taittinger Champagne from Costco – Now That’s a Good Price for Four Gallons of Bubbly

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Look past those crates of three-litre Jeroboams and gaze upon this giant fifteen-litre bottle of Taittinger Brut Champagne at Costco #144 in SoMA:

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Or you can buy local,* so to speak, from D&M Liquors, that famous booze shop on Fillmore.

Viva La France!

Viva La Costco!

*But buying local in this case would cost you hundreds more, as buying local oftentimes does…

“This large format of Taittinger Brut La Française Champagne is “Elegant, distinctive and impeccably crisp, with a spicy bouquet that suggests clove and mint. Stylish, concentrated and tightly focused, this is a classy fizz that extends gracefully through an immaculately clean finish.” EDITORS’ CHOICE. Score: 92, The Wine Enthusiast. A Nebuchadnezzar is equal to 20 regular bottles.”

Just in Time for New Year’s: A Rainbow of Dom Pérignon – Andy Warhol’s “Iconic Colour Games” Come to Costco

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Look what you can get at the Costco#144 these days – it’s Dom Pérignon sparkling wine / champagne with primary-colored boxes and labels.

I’m speechless.

(Wonder what Dead Andy Warhol could do with the soup aisle?)

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Believe it’s just random chance which label color you get. No peeking!

All the deets:

“With the creation of an exclusive collection of three bottles by the Design Laboratory at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art & Design, Dom Pérignon pays tribute to Andy Warhol, creative genius and one of the most illustrious artists of the 20th century.

Andy Warhol and Dom Pérignon:
“Went to the gallery where they were having a little exhibition of the glittery Shoes, and had to do interviews and pics for the German newspaper and then we had to go back to the hotel and be picked up by the “ 2,000” people – it’s a club of twenty guys who got together and they’re going to buy 2,000 bottles of Dom Pérignon which they will put in a sealed room until the year 2,000 and then open it up and drink it and so the running joke is who will be around and who won’t…”

This is an entry from Andy Warhol’s diary on March 8th, 1981. The pope of Pop Art and a leading figure of the New York underground art scene had just returned from Munich where he had had a show, and was recounting what he had seen. He really loved this story. Not surprising. He once said that he had been to thousands of parties in his life, and in the late 1970s he liked to go to New York’s Studio 54, the wildest and most theatrical club of the period (along with Le Palace in Paris), with his friends and drink Dom Pérignon.

A Tribute to Andy Warhol by Dom Pérignon
Inspired by Warhol’s unconventional representation of icons, and the playful use of codes and colour in his work, Dom Pérignon commissioned the Design Laboratory at Central Saint Martin ’s School of Art & Design to reinterpret its timeless bottle. The result is a unique collection of three bottles, each with its distinct label in red, blue or yellow, paying homage to Warhol’s iconic colour games.

The “Office of Champagne, USA” is Now the “Champagne Bureau” – A New Name, But It’s the Same Old Message

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

I don’t know, this seems like a pretty easy one to make a call on. Do you think that sparkling wine producers in America should be allowed to use the term champagne even though their products don’t come from Champagne, France?

This issue got hashed out a half-decade ago in the favor of consumers, so terms like “American Champagne” are still allowed. But the French wine industry doesn’t like that one bit. So, they’re back with a new ad campagne. Except that this time they’re calling themselves the Champagne Bureau instead of the “Office of Champagne, USA.” (Which is sort of funny, since the old name was constructed to confuse the public, to make the public think that the French wine industry was somehow an arm of the U.S. Government, and they were, and are, complaining about the term  “American Champagne,” which is pretty straightforward…)

 Anyway, here it is, the new campaign they’re spending a bunch of money on:

Drink the Kool-Aid here, at the website of the French-backed trade group.

Oh well. Sadly, for the French, this train has left the station. Are they going to spend hundreds of millions of Euro over generations to change the way Americans think about wine? We’ll see…

Oh, and, for the record, here are the things covered under the rubric semi-generic:

“In the U.S., semi-generics are defined by law in 27 CFR 4.24. There are two types. The first type is names that can legally refer to any grape wine whatsoever. In practice, most have become associated with a given style, which is noted.

  • Burgundy – Generic red wine, for example Gallo‘s Hearty Burgundy. Named after French Burgundy.
  • Chablis – Generic white wine, named after Chablis.
  • Chianti – Generic red, named after Italy‘s Chianti.
  • Claret – Also generic red wine, named after Claret, the British term for French red Bordeaux.
  • Malaga – A sherry, named after Málaga in Spain.
  • Moselle – Generic sweet white, based on a German style produced in the Moselle River valley.
  • Rhine Wine (syn. Hock) – Generic sweet white, after Germany’s Rhine River. Hock is named after Hochheim.
  • Sauterne – White or pink, dry or sweet, named after Sauternesbut deliberately misspelt.
  • Haut Sauterne – Same as above.
  • Tokay – Generic white, named after Hungary‘s Tokaji.

“The second type of semi-generic names have restrictions on what kind of wine they can be. The legal restriction is listed first, followed by the original term.

  • AngelicaFortified wine of 18-24% alcohol, named after Los Angeles.
  • Champagne – Sparkling wine, named after France’s Champagne.
  • Marsala – Wine of 14-24% alcohol, named after Italy’s Marsala.
  • Madeira – Fortified wine of 18-24% alcohol, named after Portugal’s Madeira.
  • Port – Fortified wine, named after Portugal‘s Porto.
  • Sherry – Fortified wine of 17-24% alcohol, named after Spain‘s Sherry.

A Veuve Clicquot City Traveler Wine Bottle Case Actually Used as a Purse

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Here’s a deal that’s been around for a while – the Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin house of sparkling wine (we’re not supposed to call it Champagne anymore) will throw in an insulated case and a couple of Champagne(TM) flutes for $10 when you buy a $30-something, full sized, 750ml bottle of Yellow Label. Just toss out the “cooling neoprene insulation” (cooling, really?) and you’re good to go.

Heretofore, you wouldn’t see these things being used as clutches around town, but now you can. See? From a recent San Francisco soiree (that also cost $10):

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Available in 375ml and 750ml sizes, Ostentatious Yellow or Passionate Pink only.  

And while you’re at it, you might as well pick up the matching love seat for $10,000 as well.

Classy! = Chlopak Leonard Schechter = French Wine Industry

Saturday, October 18th, 2008 is a little outfit being promoted by Washington D.C.-area PR firm Chlopak Leonard Schechter & Associates, which does work for the confusingly-named Office of Champagne, USA. This unholy alliance is once again trying to manipulate Bay Area consumers through online advertising.

They are now pushing the Declaration to Protect Wine Place and Origin, which promotes concepts thoroughly debunked here and here.

But, there’s more trouble: 

Trouble is, the Office of Champagne USA isn’t the federal government, which permits winemakers to use the word “Champagne” on wine labels as sort of a generic term, but only as long as they note where the wine was actually made. Hence “California Champagne,” or almost as famously, “California Chablis” and “California Burgundy.”

Let’s think back to happier times, before the French hired flacks to manipulate us:


You see? French Champagne is made in France and American Champagne is made in America. Some terms have become “semi-generic” in the Home of the Brave and the Land of the Freedom Fries. Should the French wine industry have the only say in how wines made and sold in California should be labelled?

You should certainly be wary of what our European corporate overlords have to say. Don’t listen to the apologists for the troubled French wine industry, which has so much oversupply sometimes they turn wine into industrial alcohol. And does the Champagne region still have a nuclear waste dump? Yes. How’s that for terroir?

So, when the experts tell you to stock up on $100+ bottles of French Champagne, as they did last year, sit back and watch prices fall. And when they tell you to worry:

“People are really worried about the next six months when they should worry about the next 10 to 15 years,” says Charles Curtis, product management development director with Moët Hennessy USA.

You shouldn’t worry.