Special Occasion Wines Worth The Price

 


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I am a firm believer that you do not necessarily need a "special" occasion to open a "special" bottle of wine. Sure, it makes sense to crack open an expensive wine on birthdays, anniversaries, or the New Year's Eve. In my book, however, more mundane events occasionally need "special" treatment as well, so every so often I try to open a nice bottle of wine on those days "just because." Take Monday, Thursday, or even Wednesday as perfect reasons to pop open a "special" wine. For me, every time I open a bottle of Gosset Grand Rosé my wife always says: "Ooh Gosset, what's the occasion?" I try and come up with something witty as a retort, but I usually just shrug my shoulders and pour the wine (she never complains). The Gosset Rosé (along with the equally fabulous Grand Réserve) is essentially the second tier of Non-Vintage Brut, and easily my favorite champagne (Gosset also produces the slightly less-expensive Brut Excellence, which is nice, but the Grand Rosé is worth the extra cost, in my opinion). The Grand Rosé has wonderful red berry fruit (think cherry and strawberry) with incredible depth and structure, with hints of baked bread and almonds leading to a finish that seems to last for days. Without hesitation, I opt for the Grand Rosé (92-94 Points) when I need something "special" to brighten up a Monday. Or even a Wednesday.
 
Jeff Kralik, The Drunken Cyclist

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