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Snooth User: Lucha Vino

New Year's Celebrations

Posted by Lucha Vino, Dec 26, 2011.

What are people planning to open for New Year's celebrations? 

Anything special in your cellar that you are planning to open and share with friends?  Or, keep all for yourself?!

 

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Reply by dmcker, Dec 26, 2011.

Champagne on Eve, haven't decided which yet, though at least a bottle of Winston Churchill at home before heading out and about and drinking cocktaily stuff.

Sitdown dinner on the 2nd with friends, where will have more champers but also lots of New Zealand whites and Aussie reds....

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Reply by spikedc, Dec 27, 2011.

Seeing the neighbours for drinks and food before strolling down to the local Village Green for a firework display at Midnight, bottle of Louis Roederer Brut Premier in hand.

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Reply by JonDerry, Dec 27, 2011.

Recently grabbed some Ayala Brut Majeur champers on the advice of a local wine merchant. Figure to taste it against my local favorite sparkler, Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs. Both sell for around $30 domestically.

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Dec 28, 2011.

Prosecco on the bech with the family. Most likely an early night since part of the family includes 6 kids under 7!

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Reply by Lucha Vino, Dec 28, 2011.

I'm off to the wine shop to track down some bubbles.  Most likely a variety so I can setup a battle Royale / Celebration featuring France, Spain, Italy, California and Washington!

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Reply by EMark, Dec 28, 2011.

Wow, Vello, sounds like you have some seriously fun plans.  Please report back to us with your findings from the battle.

Happy New Year.

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Reply by Lucha Vino, Dec 29, 2011.

The combatants have been identified and all the contracts and waivers have been signed.  It could take a couple of days to crown a champion!  Here is what I have on the card:

Washington v. Italy

Treveri Cellars Syrah Brut v. Gibellini lambrusco grasparossa di castelvetro 2009

Washington v. France

Treveri Cellars Blanc de Blanc Riesling v. Duval LeRoy Brut

Waiting in the wings anticipating a sneak attack...

Masquerade Effervesing Elephant 2007

Scharffenberger Brut

 

 

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Reply by dmcker, Dec 29, 2011.

Will they be masked in the ring? Sounds like a few aggressive bouts!

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Reply by EMark, Dec 29, 2011.

Champagne Lucha Libre. 

Are tickets available from the usual sources?

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Dec 30, 2011.

Pay per view?

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Reply by dmcker, Dec 30, 2011.

Spent tonight (just got home at 3:30am), the 30th into the 31st, at a bar called Motown with some pro wrestlers who are ending their careers. Gold LP pressings on the wall from wayback. Shall I ask those guys evolving from hard muscle into soft to don masks and fly over? That bar is the closest place on God's green Earth I've encountered to the original Star Wars bar. Won't start explaining all the exoticisms, but met the Destroyer's (Mil Mascaras era) daughter there one night years back, and lots of people since. Drinking Negro Modelo, I felt real fear of diving in....

So went to an Irish pub, met my daughter (who drank Irish Pub white wine while I had Guiness) and her beau, then went home via a bar run by Kirin where somehow a couple of people who wanted a guide tomorrow night pulled me in. Now home for the count. 

Felt like I battled a couple of Luchadors tonight, but tomorrow will likely be worse. Undoubtedly no still wine, though, since I think pubs were put on earth for good beer, not poor wine. And New Year's Eve for good champagne, then craziness.

Happy New Year, if I don't post before then!

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Reply by Lucha Vino, Dec 30, 2011.

Hmmm...  That sounds like the perfect place for hosting a little Lucha Libre!

My plan is to kick off the bout of the bubbles with Washington v. France on New Year's Eve and then Washington v. Italy on New Year's Day.  Others may make an appearance along the way.  I'll report back on Sunday with the results of the first battle of the Luchadors.

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Reply by spikedc, Dec 31, 2011.

Cooler box at the ready, glasses packed, champagne on ice. All ready for the local village green festivities and fireworks, unfortunately I think Wellies, Umbrellas and raincoats will be necessary weather forecast not looking good for tonight. Hopefully good wine and Champers will make up for it !

I hope 2012 is as exciting as 2011, I tasted some great wines and had fun learning along the way

Thanks all, wishing everyone out there a Happy New Year enjoy what ever you're up to tonight.

 

 

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Reply by Lucha Vino, Jan 4, 2012.

The matches are complete and the Treveri Cellars sparkling wines were both stellar.  Here is the lowdown

Happy New Year!

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Reply by EMark, Jan 4, 2012.

Outstanding!

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Reply by dmcker, Jan 4, 2012.
Edited Jan 4, 2012

As it turned out, Vello, I had a Duval-Leroy Fleur de Champagne Premier Cru NV on Monday night, at a house party by a close friend (after a first round of beers). We didn't pair a Treveri Cellars against it, but our wine luchador was the host, not the wines themselves, since he tries to make throws all over the place, in and outside the ring, when it comes to his wine ordering and matching (if allowed he regularly attempts to sneak in New Zealand sauvignon blancs as aperitifs, digestifs and with the meat course in-between). We were having roast beef and the fixings (he's an English banker), but cooked by committee. After the Duval-Leroy we had a Spumante, which I never saw the bottle of, then a 2007 Pomerol from Christian Mouiex (my gift), a Langoa Barton mag from I want to say 1999, then a 1971 Cos d'Estournel. *Then* a bottle of 2002 Cristal Brut, THEN a bottle of middling Burgundy white (I had given up paying close attention by then, since it took too much effort to keep things on track with only the Bordeaux during the meat course). He seemed happiest with the Burgundy white, so next time we do a meal at his place I'm going to try to suggest a menu and wine order focused around chardonnay (and away from the NZ crap SBs, which fortuntately also didn't make an appearance on the 2nd). 

The Langoa Barton had been opened nearly 36 hours before, but was still mostly there, the '71 Cos (his birthyear) was of spotty provenance though in relatively decent condition (no problems with the cork at all, etc.), but way over the hill, thinly acidic and tired. It was a crappy vintage to start with, so no way to know if that's all she would ever have, or if it was damaged along the way. I'd had some roughly, 'illegally'-thrown wine luchador experiences with him before, one example being when an '83 Mouton Rothschild I had gifted him ended up being busted out and served up right away after a couple of cases of other wine, including NZ SB as dessert wines, since at that point he was trying to impress a famous House music DJ from the '90s who was a member of the dinner party and was drunkenly spinning platters in the living room. I tried to comfort myself that at least no one was outright swigging from the bottle... Thus these days I only bring lowly Pomerols. ;-)

Anyway, the Duval-Leroy. At that point in the evening it was refreshing and lovely enough. I don't see that label offered on their website now, so wonder if it's from a few years back. It tasted very lightly aged, the color was starting to evolve more golden. It did have the smoky nose you mentioned but I got both floral and dried fruit wafts from it. Obvious hefty amounts of both pinot noir and chardonnay. The remotest hint of sulphur in the background but almost entirely gone. The main first impression on the palate was a finely bubbled, extremely pleasant mouthfilling mousse with the quiet-yet-altogether-there 'party' impression you mention. Well rounded and lightly nutty and toasty, refreshing and bright, and a nice style for the first bottle of the night. Plenty of acidity, of course, to mark it as Champagne, rather than a Prosecco or Cava or New World bubbly. A little mouth pucker of tart apples and citrus, but well balanced by the mousse and some dosage. D-L has generally been viewed as a value alternative, an also-ran to the grande marques, but this, even though near the bottom of their offerings, was a respectable effort. It probably goes for $40-$60 on the Tokyo market, and I'd rather have it than most New World bubblies available here. Several other bottles I'd personally buy before it, but it gave a nice performance Monday night (if I were a scoring man I'd give it a high 80s, but it drank more pleasurably than plenty of wines rated by others in the low 90s).

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Reply by dmcker, Jan 4, 2012.

Ahh, that mousse...

 

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Reply by Lucha Vino, Jan 4, 2012.

Awesome D!  Great breakdown.  It sounds like there was quite a bit of mayhem in the ring!!


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