July 07, 2007

Chillin' the Veuve!

Literally. I scored a bottle at Surdyk's today for $51.99! Not bad for Veuve Clicquot. I'll drink it later this evening, after I get home from a birthday party. A friend is turning 30 today and is having an outdoor BBQ in this baking heat (95 degrees Fahrenheit). I'm bringing a bottle of Freixenet Brut to her party. Call me cheap and a bad friend, I don't care!


Blogger Adoro said...

Wait a minute! Don't I get a glass? Quitting my job has to be worth SOMETHING!

Granted, not as much as the Motu Propio, but STILL!


So what is your toast going to be?

"Best of friends though we may be,
If some of us should disagree
Then screw you all,
And here's to ME!"

A more charitable one, this one Irish:

I drink to myself and one other;
And may that one other be thee
Who drinks to herself and one other
And may that one other be me!


May those who love us, love us
And as for those who don't love us
May God turn their hearts
And if He can't turn their hearts
May He turn their ankles
So that we may know them by their limp.


SKOL! (Norweigian)

or...something else?


July 07, 2007 5:27 PM  
Blogger Vincenzo said...


July 07, 2007 9:13 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Hon, you may need this number in the morning:

(651) 291-0211 Twin Cities first Call For Help.

July 07, 2007 10:12 PM  
Blogger swissmiss said...

I don't drink wine or alcohol much. Had a very hard time when my brother and his wife visited from Switzerland over Christmas. She is a "wine snob." I had to get several people to help me pick out what wines to serve and when. I don't know if Freixenet Brut is any good, but if it were me, I would bring a bottle of Two Buck Chuck and not bat an eye.

July 07, 2007 10:23 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Adoro: Why? It sounds like you've been drinking already! LOL!

Vincenzo: Thanks for sending that photo to me again. I couldn't find it earlier.

Terry: Well, it's 10:30 and I'm home ALREADY. My hard partying days are long over.

Swissmiss: Hey, that 2 Buck Chuck can be pretty good!

July 07, 2007 10:36 PM  
Blogger Adoro said...

I just want to taste "champagne" that is real champagne and costs more than $15.00. Just to see what it's like.


I have friends who got me into wine. They're not strictly wine snobs, and in fact, if a wine snob was coming to my house I'd serve the bottom-shelf stuff with processed cheese and dollar-store crackers...just to make a point. It would be fun.

But then again, I'm like that. I love wine and stuff, and I guess in reality I'd serve better stuff, but I wouldn't kill myself to do it. If they can't be gracious guests, they can bring the wine themselves. That's the way I see it.

Clearly, I don't have the gift of hospitality.

July 07, 2007 11:28 PM  
Blogger swissmiss said...

My SIL isn't "snobby" about wine, but is European and was weened on the stuff. And, I didn't go all out with wine, but bought (very) inexpensive wine that was highly recommended. For Christmas dinner we had Beef Bourguignon instead of ham or usual fare. Everyone snarfed it down, so the wine couldn't have been too bad. There was no way my ten minutes in the liquor store was going to make up for her 40 years of experience, so I didn't really try to impress her, just didn't want to embarrass myself!

July 08, 2007 7:50 AM  
Blogger Adoro said...

Swissmiss ~ There's a lot of great wine at reasonable prices out there. I can recommend several favorites if you're ever in need of suggestions. The only time I spend more than $15.00 on wine is for a Piot Noir. It's a very elusive grape and the bottom-shelf pinots are pitiful, stale, and oaky. I do recommend Eschelon Pinot Noir, however. Otherwise, for that particular grape, be prepared to spend $18-25.00 or you'll swear you're drinking a bad Cabernet.

OK, I'll stop there. :-)

July 08, 2007 1:03 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Boy, for a guy who used to distinguish wines by whether they had a cork or a screw top* and not in a box*, I sure have moved into some ritzy company.

Adoro turns up her nose at 14.99 wines and Cathy buys $50 Veuve Clicquot Champaigne!

I'm going to have to be nicer to them so I can get invited to some of their parties.

Have I remarked on how lovely you ladies are looking lately?

"Thirsty Ray"

*I see by my subscription to Vintner Magazine that some of the French bottlers are beginning to eschew the cork and are finding the screw top more dependable for preserving their finer vintages. And a glance at the prices on some of the boxed wines these days seem to indicate a presumption of elegance. That will make it more difficult for me to choose.

My first wine mentor taught me all that I needed to know about wine was: "What's the word? Thunderbird! What's the price? Two bits twice!"

July 08, 2007 2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about wine in 8 oz. juice boxes? Wouldn't that be so handy? You just stick a straw in the little hole on top and sip away! No mess, no fuss!

July 08, 2007 3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(and no glasses to wash!)

July 08, 2007 3:27 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Ray: Nice try. Next time send flowers. LOL!

Angela: Just drinking a big box of wine straight out of the spigot works well too! LOL!

July 08, 2007 3:44 PM  
Blogger Adoro said...

angela ~ That won't work, especialy for a red. Reds need to "breathe". :-) There is a brand that does use a box, it's called French Rabbit, and I recommend it. It's just the regular sized amount of wine placed in a small box, grreat for picnics and the like.

Ray ~ I usually buy wines around the $6 - 12.00 range, trying to stay for "everyday" stuff around the lower categories. But when looking at the lower register there, one must be discerning. There are some undiscovered jewels that will quicklys shoot up to $10.00, and some that taste like paint thinner and should never been opened.

There are some good wines being placed in boxes now, and screw tops are on good wines, now, too. Big House Red and Big House White come to mind. As far as the good boxed wines go....avoid the larger 5-bottle boxes, they are still "jug" wines.

Black Box is pretty good, Delicato has a good rep, etc.

July 08, 2007 4:32 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm taking notes, Adoro!

Next time I go out, it will be no more Carlo Rossi for me (only four bottles, so it must be OK, right)?

If I don't have a uniform, I'm just going to have to upgrade my choice of fermented grapes.

July 08, 2007 6:18 PM  
Blogger swissmiss said...

I just got off Diet Coke and Coke after drinking cases of it a day. If I started drinking wine, I'd be broke (and probably more than a wee bit tipsy)! But, if I ever have to buy wine again, at least I know where to turn! Thanks! Although Ray is a man after my own heart. The only time I really drink wine or beer is when I'm in Europe since it's as cheap as pop, but now with kids, my days of travelling to places beyond the Wisconsin Dells are over!

July 08, 2007 9:20 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...


One of my favorite images of Paris was when I was there on Army leave with two buddies on our way to London (and I to Ireland also) and we camped along the Seine (sp?) River one night and the next morning stopped at a small grocery for some breakfast to nibble on.

Ahead of us were four workmen with picks and shovels, walking to their work site, with one of them carrying a wire container holding 8 liter bottles of CHEAP red wine. Two for each man for a days work. That's a good rule of thumb.

July 09, 2007 3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

swissmiss: Me too! With the Diet Coke thing! What a battle that was...

July 09, 2007 6:14 PM  

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