Saturday, October 1, 2011
I have to admit that Sunday Champagne Brunch has become more of an indulgence or an occasion rather than something on a regular basis. I suspect that inflation has invaded every part of our daily lives that a dollar is no long what it used to be even just six months ago. However, if you do fancy an occasionally indulgence like I do, the distinguishing factor in picking your Sunday Champagne Brunch venue got to be the Champagne!
My personal favorite is still the Oyster & Wine Bar @ Sheraton Hotel and Towers because of its view, great selection of oysters and its on-demand main course during Sunday Brunch. True that not all prefer this on-demand approach but rather the traditional get your own food style. (I haven't been to the W Hotel for their Brunch, I wonder how they are performing nowadays, anyone familiar with it?) I have recently been invited to try the Sunday Brunch at Harbourside @ Intercontinental and I would recommend it not only for its view overlooking the Victoria Habour or the great selection of seafood but for its Champagne I may add. Similar to Sheraton's Oyster & Wine Bar, Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut NV Champagne is their Champagne choice!
Once again, if you are into all-you-can-eat Sunday Brunch and prefer to get your own food, the Harbourside can be an option I would suggest. For myself, it has to be the Champagne that really captured my interest. I am no expert in Champagne per se but I do drink whenever I have the chance so my taste buds had enough to know what I like. For those unfamiliar with Champagne, it is a type of sparkling wines but only those produced in the Champagne region in France using Méthode Champenoise can be called Champagne. Méthode Champenoise is often referred to as a second fermentation process applied to sparkling wines in the same bottle sold to retailer. Also, only when climate produces excellent harvest will there be a Vintage year / production, all else are non-Vintage (NV).
I can safely say that Perrier-Jouet Champagne, both Vintage and NV, is one of the better Champagnes in the market. Carrying a light, crisp flavor with hints of pear and a dry finish, it is pleasant balance with just the right level of acidity. There are many Champagne in the market that carry a strong acidity and quite pungent to the taste buds. Of course these are all personal preference, so give it a try and be your own judge! Let me try other Champagne in the coming months and report back one by one! Laurent-Perrier Brut NV? Dom Perignon? or Mumm? [I did leave out some famous brand intentionally ... I will pass on those for the time being :)]