Thursday, 31 March 2016

Champagne Salon 1985: the Millennium Miracle

There is sparkling wine, and there is Champagne.  
There is Champagne, and then there is Champagne Salon. 
To call it exceptional is an understatement; the House of Salon is a brand with a singular focus on excellence having produced just 37 vintages in the 20th century, and to this day runs in homage to the vision of its founder,  Eugène Aimé Salon, who created the inimitable Champagne in 1911. 

Unarguably, Champagne Salon is considered one of the greatest on the market with the 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008 vintages still maturing in Salon's cellar. 

As the Salon and Delamotte website states in describing Champagne Salon:
Champagne Salon: The Legend of the Century

We were fortunate to be gifted a bottle of the 1985 vintage -- one of just 35,000 produced and whose market price ranges from C$850-C$1500 per bottle -- described as the Millennium Miracle. Why was that the case? While a 1985 vintage, it was held to mature in the cellars till 2000.


The colour was golden, the aromas revealed notes of vanilla, and walnuts and matches. In the mouth it was well balanced with equal measures of cream, acidity and minerality. The blanc de blancs style was rewarding and the taste of the Champagne reminded me of a Puligny Montrachet Grand Cru (while acknowledging it as being harvested from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger commune in the Côte des Blancs subregion of Champagne rather than the Puligny-Montrachet commune in Côte de Beaune of Burgundy). 
The final sense was one of softness and persistence; it was a simple illustrations of why Champagne Salon vintages are endowed with aging potential.

It has been ready to drink since the turn off the millennium and the effervescence remained lively. We drank it in the company of dear friends. 

Verdict: Highly recommended if you are one of the fortunate ones to savour it.

★★★★★ ( Sukasa Stars 5 stars out of 5)

QPR (Quality Price Ratio): Not applicable 

Sunday, 20 March 2016

CBC Books ‪#‎CanadaReads‬ Debates starts today.

CBC Books ‪#‎CanadaReads‬ Debates starts today. 

Watch them live at (March 21-24th). 
Here are other ways to tune in on Radio or TV. 

These are the 5 finalists:

1. Bone & Bread by @pinkmeringue | Defended by @FarahMohamed007 | 
2. The Hero's Walk by @anita_badami | Defended by @Vinayvirmani24 | 
3. The Illegal by Lawrence Hill | Defended by @ClaraHughes_ | 
4.Minister Without Portfolio by @MichaelWinter34 | Defended by @EdgeRatedR |

5. Birdie by @TraceyLindberg | Defended by @brucepoontip |

Lawrence Hill's Ginger Kick

Lawrence Hill, seems to be a household name in Canada. Author of The Book Of Negroes and now a Canada Reads Finalist with his new book The Illegal, he is the one writer who is engaging and thoughtful (I should know, I was on a CBC panel discussion with him and host Mary Ito). 

He talks with CBC Books about author drinking stereotypes and gives us his own secret recipe for a drink (while writing), which he lovingly likes to call: 

"I know there's this hilarious stereotype about writers knocking back whiskey and having a grand old time, but I tell you if I was knocking back whiskey I sure wouldn't be writing anything. I need my faculties intact and I can't imagine drinking and writing. I like coffee and tea and I make a killer ginger drink. I just boil up ginger and put some honey and freshly squeezed lemon in it. I make a cup or two of that. I call it Larry's Ginger Kick."
SukasaReads Review of The Illegal.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

How we do Supper: Braised Chicken on a bed of Basmati Rice

Taking our inspiration from a recipe for braised rabbit served with ricotta gnocchi in the 2015 Calgary Cooks cookbook, we served a change-up by  subbing in chicken for rabbit and basmati rice for the ricotta gnocchi. We paired it with a refreshing pinot grigio to counter the richness of the cream and mustard reduction.