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Rewarding Wines and Fantastic Bubblies on New Year’s

Posted on | December 30, 2011 | Written by Josh Rubenstein | 2 Comments

‘I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.’

–       Vince Lombardi, Coach of the Green Bay Packers

In Hong Kong, we work exceptionally hard. Everyone goes full speed all of the time, and we tend to treat ourselves well when we finally stop working. As the year winds down, still at full speed, may I encourage you, dear reader, to reward yourself and in your own style.

Perhaps you’ll surprise yourself by taking a chance on a new Grower Champagne. This year I have enjoyed getting to know the Champagnes of Pierre Peters, and if you haven’t, you must particularly if you enjoy the wonderment that is Salon: pure, mineral elegance from Les Mesnil.

Or maybe you’ll go for a classic, like an older Bordeaux that’s always been a legend.  Surely in HK the 1982 Lafite will make many an appearance. Depending on your New Year’s Eve company, it’s a fine strategy to have a reliable icon on hand to both impress and enjoy as in years past. There’s much to be said for continuity in greatness.

I myself often find myself in very disparate company and enjoy the opportunity keep everyone off-balance. Quality wins in the end and so something like a Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir (old vine from Patagonia, Argentina) will break down even the most passionate Burgundy fans. Or the well-timed injection of Quintarelli’s Alzero, a Cabernet Franc possibly grown on Mars, rocks Cheval Blanc fans to the very core.

No matter your approach, I hope you’ll reward yourself for giving your very best in 2011. Let’s do it again in 2012, and let’s do it even better.


2 Responses to “Rewarding Wines and Fantastic Bubblies on New Year’s”

  1. Henrik Sandin
    December 30th, 2011 @ 11:56 am

    You should also mention the etheral vintage champagnes of Anselm Selosse… So hard to get, but rewarding!

  2. Janice Cable
    December 30th, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

    You’re right, Henrik. Solosse Champagne is ethereal. And while we don’t have any at the moment, we do have his protégé:

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