Caroline On Crack
For Christmas, unsurprisingly, I want gifts that would make drinking an easier and even stylish endeavor:
Cynthia Rowley Flask Bangle
Even though it would be the gaudiest piece of jewelry I own, it would also be the most useful. $365
Buena Vista Irish Coffee Glass Set
Love the history of the Irish coffee, which is my favorite hot cocktail drink. I need these for that authentic feel. $29
If I woke to a case (even a half case – heck, even one bottle) of Ricci Curbastro Franciacorta Satèn Brut DOCG, I would be thrilled. The word “Satèn” is an indicator that this wine is particularly smooth with subtle beading. The story of Franciacorta begins some 150,000 years ago in Italy, northeast of Milan and near the town of Brescia. Over time, an Alpine glacier carved out a corridor that is home today to an area roughly 5,500 acres in size, planted mostly to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Bianco. That area is called Franciacorta – the Italian counterpart to France’s Champagne region.
Franciacorta is made in the same style as Champagne, with the secondary fermentation happening in-bottle and the date of disgorgement (“sboccatura”) appearing on the label (on vintage-dated Franciacorta, a disgorgement date close to the harvest vintage lets you know that the wine can age, but a disgorgement date several years from harvest indicates it’s time to drink now).
The Ricci Curbastro is 100 percent Chardonnay, fermented in oak barrels, aged on the lees for approximately four years and is creamy with biscuit notes and a superbly savory, earthy finish. $23
My holiday drinking wishlist is a set of Aldo Sohm Zalto Universal Stems. I have yet to find a glass as elegant, pleasurable to hold, or fun to swirl. And it’s just plain sexy as hell. $354