Time to Celebrate – Inaugural Wines – James Melendez

I know a few people who plan to open a bottle of bubbly to celebrate Barack Obama’s Presidential inauguration during the broadcast—for the West Coast that begins at 8:00 am and the East Coast that is 11:00 am.  What ever your plans for the inauguration it is a time celebrate.  Bubbly is a great wine to usher in milestones and in particular this historical moment.  And milestones marked by bubbly is coveted and recalled.   To reflect Obama’s pledges for a new era in international relations are wines not just American wines but Champagnes as well; French is an international language and is used in almost all international documents and treaties.  And interestingly is how much of American sparkling wines have a relationship with a Champagne house

Sparkling Wine & Champagne

•    Roederer Estate L’Ermitage 2002 – 52% Chardonnay and 48% Pinot Noir – a wine that comes from Anderson Valley – a superbly cool and apt appellation for sparkling.  This is a coveted wine that will be remembered.
•    Domaine Carneros La Reve – 100% Chardonnay
•    Domaine Chandon Etoile Brut – 53% Chadonnay, 45% Pinot Noir, and 2% Pinot Meunier
•    Canard Duchene Brut N.V.
•    Ayala Brut Majeur N.V.
•    Bollinger Grande Année 1999
•    Bruno Paillard Brut Premiere Cuvee
•    Charles Heidseick Brut Reserve

These inaugural wines are all memorable.  I have highlighted the higher end American sparklers because they are special and well made bottles of wine.  Few people enjoy these wines and this occasion lends itself for opening something spectacular.

The Champagne with the exception of the Bollinger are non-vintage widely available in larger to middle sized metropolitan cities.  The prices are reasonable and quality is superb; theses wines from the other red, white and blue that are outstanding and will remembered.  You may have a tried and true bottle of bubbly—why not make a change in a year of change and in this auspicious milestone of change.


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About James Melendez

I love wine and have had the privilege of working in the wine trade as a senior national wine marketing manager for a wine, food and home goods retailer in 30+ US States. I executed into making wine experiential and made 'wines of the world' programme work in a highly regulated framework for a successful business proposition. My "wine" site also incorporates those categories intimately involved with wine such as food, travel and lifestyle. This site incorporates my many dimensions of interest. I love to review and also talk about many aspects of wine. I have been privileged to visit many wine countries and find them enthralling no matter how many times I visit. I love all aspects of wine: viticulture, history, winemaking, brand development, wine regions and many more aspects. This is a living tradition that needs documentation, education, reporting and reviewing. Do I have favourite varieties and styles? I love so many varieties and often it is situational and yet there are time honoured wines that I anticipate and I am passionate about. I like all colours of wine and all styles. I have had a mad passionate affair with sparkling wines and they are always top of mind. Wine nourishes our soul and is the key to connecting with other people at our dinner table. Salute, James © 2014, 2017 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, logo, brand name, rating, rating graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy. James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social medias.
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