The Grapevine

What Your Wine Shop Customers Reading – Bon Appetit, December 2013

November 21st, 2013

This month’s issue of Bon Appetit is the holiday issue, with roasts and cookies, sanity-saving plan-ahead guides, gifts for food lovers and party punch recipes.


We start things off with a link to the BA website: what better way to arm yourself against the invading hordes of germs and microbes than medicinal cocktails? (Disclaimer: while we can offer personal anecdotal evidence of our claims, they have not been approved by the FDA …)

A quickie column offers 4 steps to ham nirvana, Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet offers midwestern holiday values (most of which make great sense coast to coast), and pomegranate seeds get (another) star turn.

The Cheat Sheet feature is all about Champagne. How to chill it, how to serve it, how to decipher the label. They also take a step back in time to recommend the aniti-flute: old-timey Champagne glasses.

The 4 bottles they recommend range in price from $35 for a Lanson Black Label NV Brut to Pol Roger’s 200 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchhill Brut for $250. In between are the Roger Coulon NV Grand Tradition Premier Cru for $49 and the food-friendly Chartogne-Taillet Cuvée Sainte-Anne Brut for $40.

And for your customers seeking the largely unobtainable bourbon holy grail – Pappy Van Winkle – BA offers a few alternatives: W.L. Well Special Reserve, Four Roses Single Barrel, Jefferson’s Presidential Select 21 Year, Willett Pot Still Reserve, and George T. Stagg.

And, dopey as it might be, we love the mead-making kit in the gift guide. Who doesn’t love mead?