Williams-Sonoma Test Kitchen is the Perfect Place to Teach Champagne Sabering

For a Facebook Live event with Williams-Sonoma last week, Mark Oldman teaches Amanda Haas, Williams-Sonoma’s Director of Culinary, how to saber a bottle of champagne like a total pro. Located at the Williams-Sonoma test kitchen in Northern California, the beautiful space offered the perfect setting for a little saber-training session.  You’ve got to see the video to believe it – Amanda is a natural!

Missed the Live video? You can still get your wine questions answered by leaving a comment!

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An Homage to (and the Perfect Wine Pairing for) Joe’s Stone Crab

As a late birthday present this week, I received a box of stone crabs from Joe’s, the legendary Miami restaurant which has its own fleet of boats to source the world’s best sweet, meaty crustaceans.

What wine was grand enough for this epic and luxurious crab feast?  I splurged on a similarly decadent 2002 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru, a white Burgundy of creamy texture and intense concentration, with notes of apples and peaches and a stony tang.

One need not resort to a wine of this dizzying specialness to flatter the butter-and-saline magic of stone crabs.  Equally compelling would have been a high-quality California Chardonnay, an Albariño from Spain, or richer-style Champagne or sparkling wine.

The meal: Joe’s stone crab claws, clarified butter, Joe’s mustard sauce, creamed spinach, hash browns, and key lime pie.

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Hungry for your own? You can order in from Joe’s here on their website.

For more on wine pairing, check out my latest book, How to Drink Like a Billionaire!

New Year’s Champagne Pt 2 – Uncovering Coupe Molded Fr Kate Moss’ Breast – Ep. 89 – Drink Bravely with Mark Oldman

Kate Moss Coupe: Mark Oldman unpacks the rare, coveted Champagne coupe molded from the left breast of supermodel Kate Moss. Slender with a geometric Art Deco motif on its bowl, the coupe was commissioned by London’s 34 Mayfair restaurant and designed by British artist Jane McAdam Freud, who is the daughter of artist Lucian Freud. The glass clearly proves that Marie Antoinette had nothing on Kate Moss.

Kate Moss Coupe


Featured glass: 34 Restaurant Kate Moss Coupe

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New Year’s Champagne Pt 1 – What is Recently Disgorged – Ep. 88 – Drink Bravely w Mark Oldman

New Year’s Champagne Pt 1 – What is Recently Disgorged – Ep. 88 – Drink Bravely w Mark Oldman

What’s on the menu for your New Year’s Champagne? Through the lens of his Google Glass, Mark confers with Bollinger CEO Jerome Philippon to get a handle on the rare and wonderful style of Champagne known as “recently disgorged” or “RD”.

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Featured Champagne:
Bollinger Extra Brut R.D. Champagne (France, $375)

Other Champagne of a Similar Style:

Krug Brut Champagne Collection
Dom Perignon Plenitude P2 (formerly known as Oenotheque)
Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne Cave Privee

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