April 11, 2007
Vilmart Champagne Brut Cuvée Rubis, about $71
People love to apply gender stereotypes to wine: Women like pink, for instance, and real men like big reds. But I know dozens of manly guys who drink pink, and women who love big reds with a bloody rare steak.
So when it comes time to buy a celebratory wine for a guy who's done something great - like, say, Tucker Shaw, who's just published a book on cooking for guys - I'm not going for the jacked-up cabernet. I'm going with the sexiest sparkling wine I can find, one that has buoyant bubbles for the celebratory effect along with enough full cherry flavor to stand up to anything from Cheetos to steak.
That Vilmart Champagne Cuvée Rubis happens to be a warm shade of light red just gives it bonus points for style.
Imported by Terry Theise Selections/Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset, N.Y.
This review first appeared in the Denver Post.