There is something magical about bubbles in big bottles. Don't ask me what it is, or why, but they just taste better.
I was introduced to this concept sometime in the late '90's when my band would take the long Presidents' weekend off each year and head up to Mendocino to jam our faces off for 3 days and nights at a rented house somewhere in the middle of the woods. Those were indeed fun times, but I'm off subject.
One year, due to my insistence, we stopped at the Roederer winery and tasting room in Anderson Valley on our way up to Mendo. The band (there were 6 of us) took over the quiet tasting room, and we were helped by a kind woman who helped navigate us through the wines. It seemed she knew a thing or two about music, as her boyfriend "played in bands." It was then and there we learned about magnums. She poured the same wine, one from bottle, one from magnum, for each of us to taste. It was unanimous! We all thought the magnum samples tasted better. "Why is that?" We all asked, but to no avail; some things remain magical. Magical, yes, but somehow still a fact. We thanked our kind guide for her time and headed on up to our weekend jamboree, toting 3 magnums of Roederer sparkling wine!
Over the years, I've heard much about the subject, and have sampled sparkling wines side by side, one from bottle, one from magnum. The magnum wins ... every time.
We are open today, December 30, and will be closed both tomorrow and Monday. So today is your last chance to pop in and pick up a magnum of fizz for your 2018 celebrations! Here is a quartet of our best-priced magnums of sparkling wine.
NV Cava Brut Segura Viudas $17.98
By far, our best priced magnum of sparkling wine. This is a great choice for a mixed crowd; it's dry and delicious enough to enjoy on its own, and inexpensive enough to be okay if someone decides to pour peach or orange juice in it!
NV Cava Brut Reserva Heredad Sigura Viudas $44.98
Something much more serious from Segura Viudas. This regal bottle tells us everything about its contents. Pure, clean, refined sparkling wine at a "less than Champagne" price. Oh, why not, this one's worth sabring!
NV Vouvray Brut Domaine d'Orfeuilles $39.98
100% Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley. This is another outstanding, Champagne-like value, with its tangy Granny Smith apple fruit and dusty mineral notes. The magnum bottle just screams, "It's party time!"
NV Crémant de Bourgogne Perle de Roche Jean-Marie Chaland $59.98
We just mentioned the recent arrival of the Perle de Roche Crémant de Bourgogne from Jean-Michel Chaland. It's all Chardonnay, and with it's tiny bubbles and delicate aromas, can easily charm Champagne lovers.