Talk about “brutta figura” -- making a bad impression, as Italians say. I was at a birthday party last night in Castiligone della Pescaia for a very pretty friend of mine. About 20 of us came for her 39th -- again.
The event was centered on a double magnum of 1995 Perrier-Jouet Fleur de Champagne -- the flower bottle fizz. We had already had numerous bottles of Bellavista Brut, the good but nothing exceptional Italian bubbly. So everyone was in a good mood.
So I was asked to do the honors opening the great bottle, as, of course, I was considered the expert. All I needed was a drum roll!
I grabbed the big gun, took the foil and capsule off. I walked up next to everyone sitting on couches in the garden. And I then pointed the double magnum towards the sky to release the cork in the air like a great skyrocket on the Fourth of July. It was very tight at first but it slowly came loose. And just before the moment of the great cork’s launch like the Space Shuttle, it called everyone to attention.
And plop! NO POP! The cork fell to the ground. I don’t want to make comparisons to other adult acts, but it was all very embarrassing. And disappointing.
The Champagne was as flat as milk, and it tasted like it too.
Thank God there were reserves of Bellavista in the fridge. But my pretty friend’s 39th birthday parties will never be the same, and I doubt Perrier-Jouet will be on the menu again!
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