Krug’s Institute of Happiness

Jan 17, 13 Krug’s Institute of Happiness

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Anything with Krug makes me happy so imagine my delight when I was invited to the Krug Institute of Happiness early last December. Arriving at the (literally) glass house where we were to dine, I was ushered past the front door and upstairs to the open plan kitchen where Chef Nuno Mendes and his chefs were preparing our appetizers. Nuno has teamed up with Krug to create dishes that he feels take inspiration from Krug champagne. The concept of the evening, to immerse in all things pleasurable – from dining point of view. Kicking off with the Krug Grande Cuvee flowing and a selection of music chosen by us the guests, the glass house was a fun place to drink in not only the Krug but the action in the kitchen as well. Nuno invited us to participate in the prep but we all demurred in favour of more champagne. As a surprise, the head of the house, Olivier Krug was there to chat with us about his family and the champagne while we nibbled on some rather interesting food coming from the kitchen. We then moved into the dining room where we were treated to some amazing dishes. We started with cured lobster in a spring onion consomme paired with the 1998 Krug. The sweetness of the lobster really shining in this dish. Halibut with Seaweed sofrito was paired with the Krug 2000 and the main was a very cleverly put together dish of wood pigeon buried under fallen autumn leaves, the whole thing entirely edible. The wood pigeon was served with the Krug rose which all by itself was treat but to be paired with a meal, even better. That rose was complex and very – rosy, for lack of a better word. I do adore rose and Krug’s is one of the best. Throughout the evening, the Krug was free flowing and there was a piano man to play our favourite songs. At one point,  one of the guests jumped up and...

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Bibendum’s Winestock

I was invited to Bibendum’s annual trade tasting the other day. They call it, rather playfully, “The Winestock Festival” and brand it like a music festival. It even lasts 2 days. The difference being that the “acts” are the wines in their portfolio. There was a main stage, a green room, VIP Lounge and even a Media “tent”. Very clever, they even handed out backstage “passes” that you wore around your neck to identify you as a guest. On the “main stage” there were over 100 wines to try, and believe me, I sipped, swished and spit my way through them all. By the end, palate fatigue had set in and I was ready to head downstairs for the VIP Lounge and Sweet Sensations – my favourite, dessert wines. But before I tried any of the wines on the main  stage, I hit the Krug Showcase stage. The only negative about drinking vintage champagne is that it  just ruins me for anything else. And Krug just makes you want to slap your mama, it’s soooo darn good. The complexities, flavours and aromas show what great champagne is all about. It was a vertical tasting so I tried the Krug 1998, 1985 and the 1981 (bottled in magnum), as well as the non-vintage Krug and their Krug rosé. For me, the Krug 1981 was by far the best. It was so delicious that I just couldn’t bring myself to spit it out. A golden sparkler with a heavenly nose of hazelnuts, baking bread and toffee. I couldn’t wait to drink it. The flavours were an awesome exposition of hazelnuts, nutty bread and caramel with an amazing length of a finish. The bubbles just served to heighten my drinking pleasure. I almost wasn’t able to tear myself away but tear myself away I did. I did make my way through the wines on the main stage and in the next few days I will be posting my thoughts on some of the standout wines that either...

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