Thursday – Bubbles and ‘that Drum article’
It seems I reached a level of infamy this week via a rant by non-wine drinking comedian Ben Pobje, who shot himself in the foot by admitting that he knew nothing about wine and was just ranting for the sake of it.
To be honest I thought the article was funny, if a little aggressive, and I responded in jest – suggesting Ben might want to come with me and try some wine before shooting his mouth off. Sadly no response there – I’m still waiting.
What did surprise, though, was to see him personally attacking people on twitter – and others in the comments section of the article – who disagreed with him. Less cool. And less fun too, as name calling is a poor attempt at debating.
Anyways, I it was fun riling him, but I was also a little disappointed too – surely the article could have directed more than 60 new visitors to this little blog? Doesn’t anyone click through to links in articles anymore? :).
Now, on the tasting bench today:
Ayala Brut Majeur NV ($70 retail) – apparently this is/was available in retail land for $55/bottle, at which price it’s a steal. A fragrant, clearly Pinot dominant and correct sort of Champagne with a palate that starts perfectly, before getting a little broad through the middle. I thought it might be a little too much dosage but if finishes too dry for that. Ultimately its clean and classy, needing only more delineation to be great. I’d drink a glass, though would look for something with more character at $70. 17.5/20, 91/100