US winery creates patriotic bubbly in time for Olympics
LONDON, July 25 — California winery Chandon has released a limited-edition bottle of patriotic sparkling wine in time for the summer Olympics decked out in red, white and blue stripes.
The limited-edition Brut Classic is made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, and blended with 10 to 20 percent Reserve wines from previous harvests. The wine goes through a second fermentation in the bottle to attain citrus spices layered over notes of almond and caramel.
Wine Spectator magazine gave the Brut Classic top marks, describing it as crisp and lively with aromas of green apple, cinnamon and vanilla, while Wine Enthusiast called it a nice, everyday bubbly that's affordable yet elegant.
With just days until the opening of the London Games, a slew of luxury and everyday products are undergoing Olympic makeovers and being pitched as commemorative limited-edition items.
In France, macaron houses Pierre Hermé and Fauchon have released limited edition cookies and packaging for the Olympics.
Coca-Cola UK has released a special-edition gold bottle draped in a white Union Jack, available exclusively at Selfridges.
And UK-based brewery Adnams has released a special beer dubbed the Flame Runner, brewed with ingredients from all five continents: malted barley from Europe, hops from Australasia, and spices from Africa, Asia and America.
A 750 ml bottle of Chandon Brut Classic, meanwhile — which is supposed to pair well with salty, rich, nutty foods like a Caesar salad, fried calamari, oysters and sushi — retails for US$24 (RM75) and will be available through the summer in the US.
To complement all the limited-edition beverage offerings, Waterford has created a pair of London 2012 crystal flutes as well. — AFP/Relaxnews