I’m calling another audible. I had something in mine for this week, but I will be able to get back to that at a reasonable time.
This is an addendum to another post I made about this decorating party, which can be found right here. And even with all the sentiment and heartwarming situations, there is room for laughs. We all need some comedy and laughter in our life. If not, then what’s this all for. And is there a more necessary time than during the holidays? This post might end up being funny, or just a bit dopey depending on where this goes.
The title of this post might be misleading, but the label for the Happy Holidays Sparkling Wine is art. What else needs to be said. There is such care and precision put into this design, how can you not be drawn to it?
For folks who love the entire wine experience, presentation is almost as important as the wine itself. First impressions don’t necessarily tell you the whole story, or even offer up some semblance of what’s really going on. We’re only scratching the surface.
When you see a label like this, and at only around $11, it’s not worthy of a buy, it’s a must buy. That’s what happened to me. I got a little too excited that I made an impulse buy without stopping to check of the details of the wine itself. And that’s where disappointment is likely to set in. But we can also find the positives in any situation. I’m saying all this before I’ve even opened the bottle. But wait…
After the euphoria wore off, I read that this was an Italian Sparkling Wine, which would go perfect for the brunch or light appetizer part of the party I was headed to.
This looked too good to open and too good to be true. I wanted this to remain a mystery. I wanted to romanticize all the beauty inside without ever uncorking.
But that wasn’t going to happen. The mimosas and various champagne drinks were being guzzled at rapid-fire rates that it was only a matter of time before my bottle would be unveiled to the world, or an audience of 10. Either way this wasn’t good. After the dramatic build-up I really wanted to like it. But not even close. And the host of the decorating party was the first to lash out. My feeling weren’t hurt. They all can’t be winners. It tasted nothing like champagne, sparkling wine, or some other facsimile.
It was too thick and too heavy to be considered champagne or anything remotely close. Like I said, I wanted this to be one of those bottles that you’ll be talking about for years to come. That’s not even close. But the fact that it was hard to drink is what made this so funny. We had a bunch of cheap and standard-label champagne to start off, that served its purpose and went down smooth. That’s all we want in a champagne brunch. Maybe the sparkling wine would have been better served in another capacity, but I don’t see it.
The hostess was great to find the positives in this. The bottle had already been open, and we waited until all the other champagne tapped out to finish this one. It just sat there looking lonely. No one wanted any. But that label can’t be disputed. I could stare at that for a while, or until I got restless and wanted a good wine or champagne. It was funny trying to avoid drinking this until absolutely necessary. It was tolerable enough to finish but a struggle at the same time. That’s not an endorsement.
If I were to talk badly about a wine, I wouldn’t want it to be during the holidays, but I gave myself much higher expectations. And because of the imagery, I doomed myself with such lofty expectations. I would say I’ve learned my lesson, but I wouldn’t want to. It may be a novice thing to buy a wine based on a label but the heck with it. Buy what you want, drink what you like, and take some chances. I did and I’ll do so again.
I can’t find much about this bottle online, except for this link. Not sure this can help.
For my friends in Maryland, I found this at Wine World in Abingdon, MD.
I will bid farewell with a few more pictures from the decorating party. Regardless of how the wine was, everything about the event was perfection. I can only hope the next wine I bring to one of these affairs will be the same.
As always, happiest of holidays to you.