jamie goode's wine blog: Video: the new year blind Champagne tasting

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Video: the new year blind Champagne tasting

Here I taste Champagnes blind with brother-in-law William Beavington. Will Krug and Bollinger triumph over much cheaper growers' Champagnes when the label isn't in view? [And there's a nice family new year's toast at the end!]

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At 9:06 PM, Blogger David Bennett- Optometrist and Contact Lens Practitioner said...

Lovely Video! Great to see Ann (and Dominic!) Your Bro in law is a legend.

He ought to have mixed the diet coke, the fizz then popped in a sugar cube to sweeten things up a bit...



At 5:35 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Great stuff! Definitely my favourite of your videos and inspires me to try and do similar. Well done to Beavington too!

Happy New Year, by the way

At 5:51 PM, Blogger Keith said...

great video---pity about the wine!!

At 7:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

excellent video - blind is always best - beavington did well for a total amateur but he is clearly learning fast.

At 12:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why on earth do you refer to your brother-in-law by his surname?

All a bit public school, isn't it?

At 7:58 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

thanks for your kind comments. Referring to b-in-law by his surname is a sort of joke. Besides, I went to a grammar school where we used each others' surnames.

At 12:37 AM, Blogger Tim said...

I enjoyed that. I bought a bunch of the Duval-Leroy 2004 too, and thought it was pretty good (esp. for the price 14.99).

I've never been that impressed with Pelorus, vintage or NV - not sure what the big deal about it is.

I find sparkling wine very difficult to judge. A friend of mine summed it up perfectly. He said it's like a good sportsman - they make it look easy. He's right - we had several Champagnes over the holidays and they were all enjoyable...then we had a bottle of Jacobs Creek sparkling wine and it was like a punch in the stomach - it was hideous. Good champagne is about finesse, and it's especially evident when tasted alongside others.

At 1:27 AM, Anonymous Frank S said...

Pelorus is a fantastic wine, and so much better value than most cheap Champagnes.

The only people who would think otherwise are Old World snobs of a certain age who can't accept that New World wines win hands down on value.

At 5:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good stuff Jamie. I bought some of the Legras on your recco a few months ago and am looking forward to trying it. Beavington is a natural!

Simon Grant

At 7:56 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Frank, I agree that Pelorus is really good - but we tasted it blind here, and it didn't show well. It was the worst wine in the tasting. And we'd have been happy if it had done a lot better.

At 7:58 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Simon, glad you got some Legras. It's lovely.

David, glad you liked it.

Alex, look forward to seeing yours. Maybe I should get together with you and we'll serve a couple of wines blind to each other on camera! That would be brave.

Keith, fancy a spot of blind tasting on film?

At 8:56 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

I think a video of Keith being bribed to drink Champagne could be rather amusing!

At 9:35 PM, Anonymous Kevin Glowacki said...

Awesome vid! I love blind tastings and when they are of fizz, that much better. Glad two of my faves showed well, the Bollinger and Krug. I'll have to see if the last one (I forget the name) is available here.


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