I know many of my readers are well familiar with Jeff, a.k.a The Drunken Cyclist, writer of the eponymous wine blog. Jeff loves Champagne, and Jeff also loves to saber those Champagne bottles – I learned from him that it is fun, and the bottle of Champagne can be sabered not only with a proper champagne sword, but with variety of household items, particularly with a wine glass.
A short while ago Jeff posted a video of his attempt to saber the bottle with a stapler. His attempt was not successful, and he ended up sabering the bottle in the “traditional” way – with the wine glass. After watching the video, I left him a smart ass comment that he used the wrong stapler, and I thought that if he would’ve used nice heavy device such as Swingline, he would have no issues prying that bottle open.
Emboldened by my earlier successes with sabering with the glass, I decided to demonstrate how pros do it, so the others would learn.
Here is a clear proof of my failure – the only difference with Jeff’s video is that mine is shorter and not well edited (it is just no edited at all). Plus my dog was trying to voice her encouragement (nope, that didn’t work):
My embarrassment didn’t stop there. Feeling challenged by some annoying bottle, I decided to show it who is in control and brought in the nice Chef’s knife:
The end result of this exercise was damaged stapler (the bottom bent slightly, as it appears that what I considered a solid steel was just a thin steel shell on top of something soft) and damaged ego. I definitely think that my choice of sparkling wine was part of the problem, as this French sparkler from Saumur didn’t have much bubbles after all – and I think having exuberant Champagne ready to “pop” is important for the success of the sabering (however I was previously successful with non-Champagne sparklers).
Well, I might need to practice again with the glass, at least until my confidence will be restored. But what about that stapler? I know! Staple Gun is next…
What’s up with “wine videos to the rescue”? Lot’s of posts I want to do and can’t focus on any of them. And I start feeling bad because I can’t focus and finish any of them. Therefore, I need a break. And I like how the vides look on the page. And yes, after I saw a sequel to Hitler’s Parker parody, the wine videos were on my mind. I hope I explained myself. Now, let’s watch something together, shall we?
First, Yellow Tail wine swirl commercial (yeah, whatever, I happened to like it):
Rosemount Shiraz – not so sure about it, but it is short:
Commercial for Israeli red wine Barkan – nice, might be a bit too intense musically:
This one is called Blossom Hill Wine TV Commercial – it is uplifting, I’d say, due to the song, but – where is the wine???
And the moment you’ve been waiting for – “Replant the Cabernet” movie:
So, what do you think? Which one is your favorite? Which one is just a “blah”? Are you going to buy any of the wines based on any of the commercials? Cheers!
Happy New Year to All!
I decided to start the new year with something fun and simple – wine videos. Actually, it appears that it is not that simple to find even semi-decent videos, so I’m curious what you would think of the videos below.
Martini Prosecco (?!) Commercial:
Stacked Wine Commercial (I actually saw it in the store, and it looks pretty neat, but I didn’t taste it):
And Georgian wine commercial:
So, which one is your favorite? Cheers!
Last week we compared wine video commercials from some of the major Champagne brands (in case you missed that post, you can find it here). Today I’m not asking you to rate the videos. Just watch and learn… or not (one of the videos is definitely giving me an urge to actually try it at home). In these videos you will see how professionals deal (meaning: open) with champagne bottles. This method of opening the champagne bottle is called sabering, and if you never heard of it before, just watch the videos (you can also read about some history of champagne sabering here).
First one is showing champagne bottles being opened in a rapid succession to achieve a world record:
The second video shows how sabering can be done with just a regular glass instead of a sword. While it looks easy and effortless in this video, make no mistake – it does require good amount of skill.
If you will be brave and try it at home, let me know how you will make out! Cheers!
Continuing the “sparklers” theme, I want to offer you three commercials from the big league Champagne.
First, a commercial for Veuve Clicquot:
I’m not sure if the next video is really a commercial, it looks more as a tribute by Dom Perginon to Andy Warhol – but in any case it is a wine video:
And last but not least is a commercial for my all times favorite Champagne – Krug:
What the verdict is going to be? Any preferences? Cheers!
It seems that Wine Videos almost becoming a feature on this blog – well, I’m not sure it will be possible to continue this trail indefinitely. After all, I only share the wine videos which cause at least some emotional resonance on my side – you shouldn’t expect to see dumb ads with flat voices here. But – as long as we are having fun, why not?
So for today let’s start with Australia (yes, again Australia, I know – but I promise that the next one will not be from Chile) – it is for the wine called Wild Oats:
The next one is from Portugal, and it is an ad for Sandeman Port (yes, it is not from Chile, but – it has a train in it):
To tell you the truth, I find both of them interesting – but what are your preferences?
While researching information for the new post, I came across these two videos. Both are representing best selling wines in US or may be even in the world. One of the them is for Yellow Tail wine from Australia, and the second one is for Frontera by Concha y Toro from Chile. Based on the videos, which wine would you prefer?
Here is Yellow Tail video:
And here is Frontera by Concha y Toro:
So, tell me – based on these commercials, which one would you prefer? I have my preferences, but I’m not telling until you do…