Holiday Wine Picks With The Langford Family

It is the Holiday Season, meaning it is time to suffer through my mother’s cooking while criticizing my family’s wine choices!  What do you have in store for us family?

We go through this about every Christmas Sister… Veuve Clicquot is owned by multinational luxury goods conglomerate LVMH which is Louis Vuitton, Hennessey, Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs and a bunch of other high priced crap.  Veuve Clicquot produces a million cases of boring sparkling plonk a year from pre-made sugar wine from all over Champagne and probably even Algeria.  It’s garbage.  People buy it because of commodity fetishism.

Instead I recommend this lovely sparkling wine from Moselle which is on the northern most French side of the France-Luxembourg border. Alérions of Château de Vaux is a Blanc de Blanc blend of Auxerrois and Pinot Gris.  This high elevation, cool climate wine is nutty and fresh, firm and fruity and will cut through any shape of processed cheese.

Sorry Mother, but just like Francis Ford Coppola, Ramona Singer is not a winemaker.

Instead I thought an old Muscadet from 1997 would be fun to whip out.  Comte de Saint Hubert is an age worthy wine from Château du Coing de Saint-Fiacre.  The juice comes from 100 year old vines and spends 3 years on its lees (dead yeast leftovers) before bottling AND it is their current release.  It is fresh and vibrant, savory and stony.  It could possibly be the perfect oyster wine…or green bean casserole wine.

Wrong again…dammit Dad!  The Cupcake Wines are bullshit, another mass-produced, mass-marketed brand from the makers of Franzia box wine.  They are buying grape juice from California, Argentina, Australia, Italy and New Zealand and are using super science to make the most dumb-downed swill ever.  Shitty stores like Target and Walmart sell it.

Instead I thought I would treat you to an all natural wine from Buzet.  Buzet, a region in South-West France used to give Bordeaux a run for its money before being screwed over by the outbreak of the vineyard killing phylloxera bug.  The 2006 Domaine du Pech “Le Pech Abusé” uses same grapes from similiar soils as in Bordeaux but is way cooler.  The farming is biodynamic, the vinification is started with only ambient yeasts and the finished wine is un-fined and un-filtered.  It is dark fruited and haunting, ballsy and grippy.

NV Château de Vaux Alérions Blanc de Blanc.  $16. Imported by Potomac Selections.

1997 Château du Coing de Saint-Fiacre Comte de Saint Hubert.  $22.  Imported by Williams Corner Wine.

2006  Domaine du Pech Le Pech Abusé.  $26.  Imported by Williams Corner Wine.

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