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normally associated with the wines of Champagne, look about 250 kilometers
northeast of Reims, across the French border and into Luxembourg.
Yes, we said Luxembourg. There you will find the terrific sparkling wines of
Bernard-Massard. The Cuvée de l’Écusson is made in the traditional method
from a blend of Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Aged for
two years before release, this wine displays appealing citrus and melon
flavours, along with the nuttiness that is characteristic of fine bubbly. This
is a sparkling wine of elegance that would be fitting for celebrations, a birthday
greeting or just a plain old Friday evening aperitif. It will make you
happy and make you feel fine.
In Billy Joel’s “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant”,3 two friends get together
to talk about old times over a bottle (or, more likely, several bottles) of wine.
The song, over seven minutes long, traces their past lives and in the middle
section, which Joel referred to as “The Ballad of Brenda and Eddie”, the
singer recounts the arc of the marriage of two of their friends. Wine is the
social lubricant that helps to reveal both the good times and the bad in their
A bottle of red, a bottle of white
It all depends upon your appetite
I’ll meet you any time you want
In our Italian restaurant
Under the “nostalgia” category we also have Deana Carter’s coming-ofage
song, “Strawberry Wine”,4 in which she recalls the first time she fell in
love as a teenager:
But year after year I come back to this place
Just to remember the taste
Of strawberry wine and seventeen
The hot July moon saw everything
My first taste of love, oh bittersweet
The green on the vine like strawberry wine
One cannot help but wonder whether Ms. Carter’s first love would have
lasted if she and her mate had tried a decent Chardonnay instead of strawberry
wine, especially one that was “bittersweet”. But we are confident that
the royalties from this song have enabled her to buy all of the Puligny-
Montrachet that she can drink.
Try as we might, we were unable to locate a strawberry wine for tasting
(or at least one we could recommend), but when we think of wine and
strawberries, our minds turn to rosé and its aroma and flavour of red fruit.
Here’s one we can recommend to you.