The pop and sigh of a bottle of bubbly as it opens can be music to our ears, and now we can say that literally thanks to cava producer Segura Viudas. The Spanish winery has just released a music video with Australian DJ and songwriter Anna Lunoe. The track, called "Sip It," features some of Unfiltered’s favorite sounds: the crinkle of bottleneck foil, the pop of the cork and the “ting” of two flutes meeting. You can watch the loft party–themed video below.
"I like sparkling wine. I always have," Lunoe told Unfiltered via e-mail. "My dad actually makes his own and I grew up sneaking bottles of his homemade blends, so when the opportunity came up to work on this I thought it could be fun … the vibe was cohesive and made sense from the jump—I wish all my songs came together this naturally!"
This isn’t the first time Segura Viudas has struck a chord for cava: Last year the brand did an “Auld Lang Syne” rendition using 1,000 flutes, two drumsticks, a cello and a keyboard.
Few historical truths endure as much as this: The British love imbibing alcoholic beverages from pint-sized vessels—specifically the imperial pint. So alas, when the U.K. joined the European Economic Community (later the European Union) in 1973, the British reluctantly learned to play by the metric system—and French Champagne houses rid their riddling racks of the now-verboten pint-sized bottles (an imperial pint is about 19 U.S. ounces, compared with about 25 ounces in a 750ml bottle).
Now, among the other effects of the "Brexit" departure of the U.K. comes relief of the burden to follow European weights and measures, and historically Brit-friendly Champagne house Pol Roger is bringing back the pint. Winston Churchill, perhaps the most enthusiastic drinker of Pol in the 20th century, favored the pint size: "Enough for two at lunch and one at dinner," he said. In an essay for British commentary site Reaction.Life, chairman of the historic London merchant Berry Bros & Rudd, Simon Berry, exulted that "now we are no longer beholden to Brussels," going on to explain that the British way just made sense: "It’s such a perfect-sized bottle [at about four glasses]. Champagne is designed to be shared, preferably with one other person. Six glasses between two is … too much. However three glasses are certainly too little to share between two people—one for me, one for you, and a dribble for us both to finish with? That’s just mean, and the one thing you should never associate with Champagne is meanness." Pol Roger indicated the first blend wines it could pint would be from the 2016 harvest, making for a bubbly that would be ready by 2021, which is around when the U.K. would be finalizing its Brexit.
In other Brit-favored wine news, Graham's announced the launch of tawny Ports in wee little 200ml sizes, naturally geared toward those fickle on-the-go Millennials who can't be encumbered with commitment to a full-sized bottle of wine. Happily, 200ml is a size the whole Continent can love. But don't expect to see them stateside anytime soon: When it comes to the tyranny of allowable fill sizes for alcoholic beverage packaging, Brussels has a worthy adversary in the intrepid regulation devisers of the U.S. of A.'s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (although we welcome all 187ml and 250ml bottles).
The Wildlife Conservation Society's New York Aquarium in Brooklyn will hold the fourth-annual Sip for the Sea next week, at its sister venue, the Central Park Zoo. The zoo's harbor seals and penguins will share the spotlight with a slew of chefs from 18 local restaurants, including Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners Atlantic Grill, Thalassa and Tocqueville, serving up special sustainable seafood-themed dishes along with California wines from winery partners Jekel Vineyards in Monterey and Bonterra Organic Vineyards in Mendocino. Proceeds from the Sept. 15 event, for which Wine Spectator is the media sponsor, benefit rebuilding efforts at the New York Aquarium on the Coney Island boardwalk. Tickets start at $200 and can be purchased at WCS.org/SipfortheSea.
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