Sunday, May 3, 2009
In Thursday night's Austrian wine seminar, we debuted this video in its world premiere opening. Now we have it for you to view in the safety of your own home. This video was taken during Seth's Austrian trip in January 2009. It shows the Steininger family disgorging their Sekt. Disgorging is the method of opening the bottle to shoot out the plug of dead yeast before corking the wine. Sekt is the German word for their Champagne style wine. There's also a little humor on the side.
I've been drinking Amontillado Sherry lately. The bottle of Hidalgo, Napoleon Amontillado had been sitting unopened in my basement office for a long time now. After a well overdue office cleaning, I decided this bottle needed to be opened. Two sips in, I realized I had kept this lady in waiting for too long. I have badly been missing such a satisfying after dinner drink.
With a small glass, while working late at night, this bottle has become my work associate. Dry, rich, satisfying, and not overly heavy, Sherry is art in a glass. This is not the sweet "cream" sherry grandma drank.
I am almost as guilty as the next person for not helping to preserve this treasured wine from Spain. Sherry is one of the three main fortified wines (+ Port & Madeira). She is losing ground daily in the fight for survival. It is possible Sherry might disappear from our planet due to lack of demand. I pledge to do my part and drink more sherry hoping to help in some small way preserve history, a style of wine and a special flavor.
Take a sherry pledge of your own. - Salamanzar