Welcome to our new series, Booze Clues, where we spend some quality time doing one on one interviews with wine, spirits and other tingly beverages.  If you have a suggestion or would like us to review your products, drop me a line at heidi@intothesoup.com.  Enjoy! 




ITS:         Wow, you sure are packaged gracefully, can I call you Dom?

Dom:     Of course you can, but graceful isn’t the word I’d use to describe my package.  Let’s go with bold and beautiful, shall we?

ITS:         Sure!  Just so you know, I’m so excited to sample your contents and speaking with ‘a bit of the bubbly of this caliber is a bit unnerving.   

Dom:     Hey, I’m vintage baby, which allows for some of that grace you mentioned before and bragging rights.  Did you know that Wine Advocate  gave me 96 points?  And, for all my size and power, I show remarkable suppleness and elegance.

ITS:         Yes, I did hear that, congratulations.  There were other raving reviews which described you as earthy, smoky, and pearly with an exotic maturity.  Many used the word ‘sensation’ and ‘fullness’ in some very interesting ways.  Can you say, “I’m too sexy for my box?”

Dom:     I’ll sing it for you ~ off the record of course. 

ITS:      Looking for to it.  Your makers seem to consider you a bit of a dichotomy; do you agree? 

Dom:    Yep, check out what they said, “The presence of the wine on the palate is immediately captivating. Paradoxically concentrated yet creamy, it is energetic and warm in the mouth, focusing on the fruit, then gradually taking on more profound bass notes. The whole holds its note perfectly, intensively, with just a subtle, elegant hint of underlying bitterness.”

ITS:      Apparently others have this same take on you, but the experiences (and adjectives) range from smoky, to fruity, to harmonious and huge; floral, jasmine, layers of flavor-biscuit, candied lemon peel, peach, coffee liqueur, chamomile, pine, and crystallized honey.  That’s a hell of a lot of terroir going on over there in Champagne land. How does this make you feel?

Dom:    A little full, but pretty damn good.  Just so you know, we all tend to agree that if you cellar me for awhile, I’ll drop some of this baby fat and just get better with age. 

ITS:      Does this mean I have to wait to try you?  Geez, and I was so excited!

Dom:    For you baby, no problem.  Besides, didn’t you chuck me in the frig the moment I showed up at your door?

ITS:      Oops, sorry about that.  But then again, I’m not.  Now I have the perfect excuse to cork you and get on with it.

Dom:    Let me sing for you first…..and, um, if you want to pair me with a nibble or two, a very ripe strawberry dipped in a  bit of dark chocolate would be ideal.  Then, maybe you can sing for me!

ITS:      Anytime…..