Archive for November, 2013
I love to theme gifts – French gifts or otherwise – so let’s refer to these gift ideas for Monsieur “It’s a matter of taste”. For the budding to the mature wine connoisseur, let’s begin with a focus on very appealing champagne from France.
Perhaps to whet his appetite, you will include an engaging and comprehensive book by one of the world’s leading wine authorities, An Encyclopedia of the Wines and Domaines of France. Author Clive Coates shares his expansive knowledge of wine, its character, the meaning of apellations and the finest of French wine estates.
Now, let’s get right to the heart of the matter with an enticing bottle of Taittinger Champagne! Go to your favorite specialty wine shop for guidance. In Orlando, that would be Tim’s Wine Market, where they have been helping customers with personal guidance for over 20 years.
Taittinger is one of the distinctly historic Champagne houses of France and one of only five to cellar its wines in the renowned “Crayères” of Reims – the chalk caves originally dug out by the Romans. Since their discovery early in the 18th century, Champagne merchants found the cave conditions ideal for aging wine. The Taittinger family is one of the largest vineyard owners in Champagne, and this esteemed brand will be the official Champagne at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Perhaps you will choose Taittinger’s Comtes de Champagne, chose in 2012 as “Best Champagne” by Fine Champagne Magazine.
Round out your themed gift with a pair – or a set of champagne glasses – yet another opportunity for learning the ins and outs of the heavenly nectar. Flutes, coupes and tulips are your choices, and there are myriad designs from which to choose. Champagne flutes aid in capturing the flavor and aroma of champagne with their tall narrow shape, medium to long stem and point at the bottom of the glass. Champagne coupes (saucers) are the wide-rimmed, shallow glasses with a short stem. A favorite in the early 1900’s, they are not as popular with ‘experts’ today, in that the shape allows the aroma and carbonation to escape. Finally, the aptly-named champagne tulip is similar to the flute but curves inward at the rim. Especially recommended for finer French champagnes, the wider base allows flavors to be captured and taste enhanced.
Voila! So there you have a wonderful assortment of French gifts for him, and I’m certain you can find a handsome bag or box in which to present your refined collection.
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