Friday, January 01, 2010


This year’s New Year Tipple of Choice?

It’s a draw. All by myself, I killed this fine bottle of Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage Brut...

Rosé Sauvage
Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage Brut. Look for the Pepto-Bismol-colored label!

...but the previous evening, as the ball dropped on New Year’s Eve, we all enjoyed a bottle of Kirkland Brut. Yep: that cheap shit from Costco.

Cheap? Well, reasonable. Somewhere around $20 the bottle, if I recall correctly. But an extraordinary value, for it was not only real Champagne, but a damn good one. Dry, crisp, with just the right balance of acidity and fruit.

Why drink some bulk-processed California crap when you can get the Real Thing for less than $25? [A tip o’ th’ Elisson Fedora goes to Houston Steve for the recommendation.]

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