I hope all of you had a wonderful New Year’s Eve. Mine was absolutely, wonderfully, tame. And it was perfect. So was what I drank. I’d been given a bottle of Piper Sonoma Brut as a Christmas gift, and if someone gives one to you—do not regift it.
I’d had been a lifelong devotee to Piper Champagne. The original. From France. Which is redundant since all Champagne is from France. Piper is what has been traditionally poured at the Oscars. Unlike many champagnes, I found Piper to be flavorful with lively bubbles and a nice, creamy, round, mouth feel. I always felt other champagnes, while big on tiny bubbles, also went tiny on flavor.
Piper Sonoma? I had hopes, mixed with doubt. But wow! I needn’t have worried. The Piper Sonoma Brut is every bit as good as regular Piper. Great creamy, round, mouth feel. Lively bubbles, rich with flavor. Honestly, even in the morning, for your mimosa, only pretend to add OJ. It’s just so perfect as is.
I wondered about Piper’s roots, not just in California’s Sonoma County, but reaching back to France. According to their spokesperson, the brand was founded in 1980 in Sonoma County by the Marquis d’Aulan, whose family has been linked for generations with Champagne. A little research on the Internet confirms Piper Sonoma Brut’s connection to its legendary namesake in France.
But here’s the really good news, while Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne rings in the New Year, the Oscars, and any other time at about $42 a bottle on average, its American cousin, the Piper Sonoma Brut, comes in at under $20!
No need to wait for a New Year, a wedding, or any other monumental event. Piper Sonoma Brut is affordable enough to celebrate hump-day. In other words--Wine Wednesday. Enjoy!