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Apr 13, 2008 07:33 AM

Found Champagne......

I was looking thru my happy hour shelf in the garage and found the following 4 bottles of bubbly. They were holiday gifts from people. Not sure how old they are- does that matter?

Can you tell me about them and if they are "good" bottles or more suited for mixing.


Moet & Chandon White Star
Cooks Brut
Bosca Spumante

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  1. White Star is OK. Generally has a little residual sugar. I'd give it a C+.

    Cooks. Suitable only as an industrial solvent. BTW not champagne. D-.

    Bosca Spumante. Never had it but probably sweet. Not champagne either.

    Tattinger.. Depends. Is it vintage, non vintage, more information needed.

    Yes it matters how old they are and also how they've been stored. On a shelf in the garage makes me worry. Except for the Cooks. Still should be good for removing bug tar from a car bumper.

    1. sparkling wine also tends to be very much impacted by heat and light so if your 4 wines were in the garage for quite a while they have probably suffered a fair bit.

      3 Replies
      1. re: ibstatguy

        My garage is dark and cold- like a dungeon. Darn. What a waste.

        1. re: doberlady

          maybe I'll store some of my champagne there!

          1. re: ibstatguy

            Yeah, seriously, I'll get in on that. However, your best bet is probably the Tattinger.

      2. Open and taste. Don't just throw them out!

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        1. re: mojoeater

          Oh I am waiting for my mom to get here for Sunday dinner and rest assured we will taste them :)) Not that I would know if it was bad unless there was a really bad taste.

          1. re: doberlady

            I'd definitely give the Moet and the Tattinger a whirl.

            1. re: Strawman

              Ok my mom and I drank the Moet and the Tattinger. I liked the Moet better. Or maybe I liked it better cause we already drank the bottle of Tattinger ;)

              Anyway- was a great afternoon. Felt a little (ok a lot) goofy for a while but it was a nice goofy. My 97 year old grandma passed away 3 days ago and goofy was needed today.

              As usual thanks for your help.

              1. re: doberlady

                So, I want to make sure I got this...because if I have it's one of the best stories I've heard on the Wine Board...

                You and your mother drink 2 bottles of bubbly, 3 days after your 97-year-old grandmother died. I'm guessing that your grandmother is your mother's mother, and I'm presuming you toasted to your grandmother and to life's [unceasing] renewal. 97 years is a long time to live. Imagine all the changes in the world she saw in her lifetime.

                Sounds like tears and joys and bubbles. Goofy is good sometimes.
                Wonderful story. Touched my heart.

                1. re: maria lorraine

                  Yes Maria- You have it right. My grandmother was born in Russia and my G-Gma was a well respected dress maker. They had money etc. They escaped out of Russia by my G-Gma sewing their money and jewels into my grandmas dress hem. They used them to bribe the border patrols. They then went to France where they lived until my grandma was 15 and they then came to the US. Her husband-her love of her life died when he was in his early 40's and left her with 2 kids to raise. She is the stongest person I have ever met. She has been wating to see her husabnd again for 55 years and this was her time to go.

                  Sorry for the ramble on a wine board. To keep it on topic I will say the bubbly was good and I didn't even have a hangover :)

                  1. re: doberlady

                    What a great story. I'm going to toast your Grandma tonight, too!

                    1. re: doberlady

                      Oh! What a wonderful story! I am so very sorry for your loss but I am so happy that your Grandparents can be together again. What a long time to be longing for eachother. Cheers to her for being brave enough to go on as long as she did. I think you should toast her again but with the last two bottles I would make Mimosas or Poinsettias. :)

                      1. re: doberlady

                        Thanks for sharing your lovely story and bringing back my own memories of my grandma. Methinks I'll drink a toast of champagne to her this weekend as well.


                        1. re: doberlady

                          I just randomly opened this post and wanted to say that this is the best grandmother story I've ever heard! I'm sorry for your loss, but am so glad to hear that you and your mother were able to have her for so long and celebrate her life.

                          1. re: almccasland

                            Thanks all for the nice replys :)))))