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Bridges Wine World: With a pop and a fizz, I bid you farewell

I’ve written 400 or so columns here in the last eight years, and now I face the final curtain, writes James Romanow

James Romanow, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

James Romanow, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Published on: May 4, 2018 | Last Updated: May 4, 2018 6:00 AM CST

Bridges Wine World: With a pop and a fizz, I bid you farewell

R de Ruinart NV $85 ***** (for Saskatoon StarPhoenix Bridges Wine World column, May 4, 2018) Saskatoon

(Cue Ol’ Blue Eyes) “And now, the end is near …”

I’ve written 400 or so columns here in the last eight years, and now I face the final curtain. Yep. I’m hanging up my goblet, my tastevin, keyboard, etc.

It has been an unmitigated pleasure to write for you, faithful readers. Oh, I know you’d prefer I spent my time seeking out five-buck treasures, but where’s the fun in that? Haven’t you ever wanted to know what a MacLaren drives like? Or to what lengths a cork dork will go in pursuit of trivia? (Hint: real blind tastings require a bag over your head, with a mouth cut out, and your feet shackled to the chair legs.)

You have been unwitting, and sometimes unwilling witnesses to the eight-year Booze Cruise. So for this last column I wish to thank you and my long-suffering editors for spending time with me.

How will I go out? With a pop, of course. (And if you are a snob that considers a champagne pop declasse … Will you people just … get a LIFE?) I am pleased to say that any number of you appear to have followed my example and swill carbonated wine with abandon. This is a pleasure you can carry into old age; I fully intend to exit my final home washing down my meds with vintage blanc de blanc.

R de Ruinart is a wonderful Champagne from an old house. Full ML fermentation and a longer time on the lees give this wine an astonishingly fine bead, a biscuity nose, a creamy texture and complex palate.

There are over 200 Champagne houses with maybe a half dozen cuvee each. It is my sincere hope you try them all before you’re done.

R de Ruinart NV $85 *****

(Cue Johnny Rotten) “I took the blows, I did it my way.”

Bridges Wine World: With a pop and a fizz, I bid you farewell

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