here’s a tip: The conversation should be as scintillating as the sparklers.
I came across something interesting on the market – Wine TableTopics (www.tabletopics.com) — and decided to check it out.
There are actually some great conversation starters here – 40 questions, with more than a few good ones.
Here’s one that would no doubt inspire hours of non-stop chatter:
“If you could drink only one varietal for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?
Most people in Wine Country would consider that a trick question — one impossible to answer.
Are you up for a good seasonal pick? Here goes:
“Do you prefer French champagne, American Sparkling wine, Italian prosecco, Spanish cava, or Italian asti?”
Now this one here is a snarky question that could ignite some infighting:
“Would you rather drink a mediocre wine with incredible people or an incredible wine with mediocre people?”
With this last one in mind, here’s some great bubbly so you don’t have to answer that agonizing question.
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, NV Reims, France, Brut, 12 percent, $45. A champagne that has a winning combination – it’s rich yet crisp. Nutty, with notes of Pippin apple, brioche and caramel. Great acidity. Nice length.
Iron Horse, Classic Vintage 2006 Brut, Green Valley of Russian River Valley, 13.5 percent, $34. A stunning sparkler that’s rich and lively. Notes of baked apple, brioche and mineral. Good acidity Creamy texture. Nice mousse.
DVX, 2003 Napa Valley, 12.5 percent, $60. An excellent bubbly with aromas and flavors of ripe apple, cinnamon and brioche. Rich and complex. Lingering finish.