A ROYAL TIPPLE
For a taste of wines that once graced the tables of royalty, look to Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Cafe. The establishment has brought in Kessler, a 180-year-old German brand known to produce sparkling wines that were served to Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family of Wurttemberg. Founder Georg Christian von Kessler gleaned his knowledge from his time at Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin champagne house in France, and the brand is the first to introduce the bottle fermentation technique to Germany. Try the Kessler Jagergrun Riesling Brut with the apple pie on Stuttgart’s menu, or the Kessler Kreation Riesling Extra Brut 2010 with the restaurant’s chicken spatzel in white wine sauce.
What’s better than a well-aged whisky? A whisky that holds the ticket to the inheritance of another bottle down the road. The Ledaig 42 comes with a memento cut from the now-retired copper stills that produced it, entitling you to a bottle of the last batch of whisky to come from these same stills in 2024. And if the richness and complexity of the smoky 42-year-old Ledaig is any indication of the quality of whisky produced in the lesser known Isle of Mull just off Scotland, you’ll want to keep that copper card safe.
Premium champagne house Perrier-Jouet has released its latest vintage, Belle Epoque 2007. Made from a blend of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier, the prestige cuvee is light gold in shade, with fl oral notes and ripe fruit aromas. A hint of almond follows the freshness of the initial sip, and the bubbly is a good foil for fresh seafood and sugared fruit desserts.