COLUMN WRITTEN BY PHILLIP SILVERSTONE
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
I have so many Holiday gift ideas for you this year that I’m simply bursting to share them with you sooner rather than later.
Riedel is that amazing glass maker who fits the perfect glass to the nuances of the grapes from the regions of the world and enhances their flavors by designing a glass shape that uncannily reveals the wine’s flavors in the most remarkable way. Well, now they have moved on to another of my favorite drinks. Nope, not whisky, or bourbon….they’ve gone and done it again with…Coke!!! I received the glass and poured the Coke over some ice and sipped – and Coke never tasted so good. It’s totally brilliant and at a little under $20 a glass, the most perfect gift for the most difficult people on your gift list. It’s a no brainer! The glass has some sexy curves and is available in a single-glass tube. The special red Coca-Cola bottle and Riedel glass is available at www.riedel.com and at Bed, Bath & Beyond.
If you’ve had a good year and want to toast it’s health as it gallops off into the sunset, then pop open a bottle of Moët & Chandon’s 2006 Grand Vintage Brut. The Champagne is made only in exceptional vintages and is one of those wines that should be experienced with friends on special occasions and the Holiday season or end of year is an ideal excuse for gently popping it’s stopper. The 71st vintage release since the House’s first in 1842, the 2006 Grand Vintage is a wine of Chief Winemaker Benoit Gouez’s personal expression and vision for the vintage year, and is the first vintage Gouez has worked on from growing season through production. The wine has a rich, creamy mouth feel with some slight nutty characteristics and a toasty flavor. It is one of the most velvety Champagnes you will every taste and at close to $60 a bottle it’s an investment in a drink which will be remembered fondly in the embers of time.
Domaine du Tariquet Rosé de Pressée is a real gem of a Holiday wine. Made from 30 percent Merlot, 30 percent Cabernet Franc, 25 percent Syrah, 15 percent Tannat it’s the kind of pink wine that gives rosés a good reputation. This wine is brimming with cherry flavors and is the most quaffable wine for Holiday meals regardless of the food you’re serving. Everybody will love its delicious medium bodied flavor and at under $12 a bottle you can splurge on more than a couple of bottles.
Mulderbosch. Chenin Blanc Steen Op Hout from South Africa’s Western Cape has spent 5 months in French oak casks, which add some serious complexity to one of the often forgotten and incredibly satisfying grape varieties. The wine has magical elements as it was sweetened with some late harvested grapes which add natural Chenin Blanc concentrated sugars. There’s a hint of Granny Smith in the flavor with a touch of citrus. At a penny or two under $14 this is another party pleaser and an ideal gift for any palate.
As it is the season to think of others let me digress and mention a very important event that we should all support. Fox & Hound Sports Tavern in Philadelphia is teaming up with PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) to save some hounds. The Fox & Hound, located at 1501 Spruce St., is hosting a benefit for PAWS on Thursday, Dec. 11. The party begins at 6 p.m., when guests are invited to enjoy a buffet of new and signature menu items, two drink tickets and tons of fun until 9 p.m. for a $10 ticket price. Tickets can be purchased at the door. All proceeds from the tickets will be donated to PAWS, which is dedicated to finding loving homes for thousands of animals in Philadelphia each year that are homeless, abandoned and unwanted. For information, call (215) 732-8610.
And now for the BIG news. On Dec. 6t at 11 p.m. I will be performing “long form” improv with director, writer, actress, Michelle Pauls at Plays & Players, 3rd Floor Studio, 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia. One-hour general admission is $12 and for $24 you get a 24-hour all access pass. Each hour benefits White Pines Productions, as well as one other theatre company or arts organization in Philadelphia. So you can come and watch this spectacle of endurance and creativity, support White Pines, and support another organization you love! The Improvathon is presented as a part of White Pines Productions Inc. “Waiting For The Dough” Capital Campaign. To learn more and help them keep their home, visit: http://www.whitepinesproductions.org/donation-page/. Please come and heckle me. I must be crazy doing this but I’m kind of in showbiz these days and they asked me so nicely.
Happy Thanksgiving! Cheers
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