Call me lightweight but as much as I love wine I like to give myself alcohol-free nights too (let’s not talk about the daytime). They give me a chance to recharge ready to appreciate my next bottle of wine. But there’s one time where I always seem to break the pattern of “free nights” and that’s when I’m away on holidays. Strangely, the gap often seems to be filled with a beer or two. I do enjoy a good beer from time to time!
Last month I was away on the Gold Coast over the Valentines weekend, staying at Broadbeach. Call me an old romantic for taking my lovely better half away… but that’s probably not the truth. We were up there visiting friends and family and it just happened to fall over Valentines day. Of course though I had to do something special!
So as you can see, I got dressed up and we headed out to a bar for the arvo where we enjoyed a couple of romantic bevvies… I think I had some boutique Mexican beer called Corona or something. Really weird, I kept finding a lemon slice floating down in the bottle. I did wonder if they put that in there before bottling, like those ship thingies.
One of our readers commented on a blog post that I must love my fizzy wine because I keep writing about it. The weird thing is that I do like bubbles but only because that’s my wife’s favourite bevvie and what she wants she usually seems to get. See, I am romantic and I know how to hold a happy marriage! 😉
I did make a bit of a mistake on the bubbly while we were away, a rare mistake of course. My wife asked me to pick up a Champagne and I came back with some good old Aussie bubs, to my wife’s dismay. See, I’ve picked up a little bit of know on wine, and have copped onto the quality of the Aussie sparklings, so when I saw the price of an average non-vintage Champagne some automatic reaction moved my legs over to the Aussie stuff instead. I was no longer in control of my actions, and something had drowned out my wife’s request.
So I picked me up a bottle of 2007 Yarra Burn, a bubbly hailing from the Yarra Valley known for its sparkling friendly climate and soil. Chandon of French acclaim even has a sparkling winery there and the wines are made in the exact style as Champagne. At less than half the price of non-vintage Champagne how could I go wrong? And this was vintage… Vintage!
You should have seen my wife’s face when I walked in the door. She didn’t have to say a thing. But of course I did.
“What a score, I got this vintage bubbly for less than half the price they were charging for non vintage Champagne!” I was truly excited… still receiving a stare.
Then I got “but it’s not Champagne and we’re on holidays”.
I can’t say she fully got over it but this was a great bubbly and although she wouldn’t admit it, I’d like to think she loved it. So full of flavour, nice and creamy, and very moreish.
“But it’s not Champagne”
Now you know why Champagne is so expensive.
I tried to make it up to her another night with a Prosecco, as seen in the top image, along with a bit of yummy stuff to bring her around. A really good Prosecco too! Produced by Santa Margherita, it was springy and full of life with lots of apple-like flavours that danced about.
“You didn’t get Champagne again?”
Another night I tried to be different and bought us a lovely Jaraman Shiraz from Taylors. It’s full bodied with grippy tannins that carry loads of juicy fruit.
“Will you just pick up some bloody Champagne”
I must listen to my wife more. I don’t think I quite got the message.