The Enth Degree – November 15, 2006
Upping the Ante
Poker night takes on a new level of style with St. Francis Winery’s Classic Poker Night Box, a $125 set that includes two bottles of the respected Sonoma winery’s wine, two Riedel “O” glasses, two decks of cards and 150 clay composite poker chips. The brainchild of poker fanatic and St. Francis founder Joe Martin, the game also features personal touches like Martin’s recipe for his favorite mixed nuts, and rules for Sonoma Hold ’em. www.stfrancispokerparty.com
Médoc’s Marathon Mania
Want to win your weight in Médoc wine? Can you run 26.2 miles and be first across the finish line? 7,107 contestants in the Médoc, France, made a September dash for the prize in the Médoc Marathon, known as the world’s longest marathon for spectacularly distracting costumes, wine, cheese, paté, oysters, massage and live music. The route weaves through the chateaus and vineyards of Lynch Bages, Latour, Cos d’Estournel, Leoville Barton and 50 others.
The 22nd marathon drew more than 80 Americans. French marathoner David Antoine won the wine with a time of 2:28:07. Herve Antoine (no relation) finished 91st (3:23:19), the first U.S. contestant across the finish line.
Houston’s Frank Krekeler, 38, was at the other end of the streaming rave. His 7:25:16 got him across the line minutes before the race closed. “I had fully trained in the fine art of wine drinking. Leading up to the marathon, I toured six wineries in Texas, which as you know is becoming a wine mecca,” said Krekeler. “During the Médoc run, I might have missed one chateau due to the fatigue factor, but I did my best to sample them all.”
James Bond’s love for luxury ventures
into the world of wine, too.
James Bond has become famous for the vodka martini (“shaken not stirred”) but wine—particularly Champagne—is at least as important to the suave Ian Fleming operative. To celebrate the release of Casino Royale starring Daniel Craig as 007, here’s a list of some of the wines the adventurer on the page enjoyed when he wasn’t saving the world or wooing vixens. Excerpted from A Wine Miscellany: A Jaunt Through The Whimsical World Of Wine by Graham Harding (Clarkson Potter, $17).
From Russia with Love
In From Russia With Love, Red Grant, the KGB assassin, orders Chianti with his fish course while dining on the Orient Express. When, at first, Bond is overpowered by Grant, he remarks, “Red wine with fish. That should have told me something.”
Calvet Bordeaux: Enjoyed on the train.
Chianti Broglio: Shared with Tatiana on the train back from Istanbul.
Kavakladere: “Rich, coarse Burgundy” wine from Turkey’s oldest private-sector winemaker.
Taittinger Brut Blanc de Blancs 1943: “The finest Champagne in the world”—an anonymous gift in the casino.
Veuve Clicquot: Enjoyed with Vesper Lynd in the casino nightclub after his defeat of Le Chiffre at baccarat.
Diamonds are Forever
Clicquot Rosé: “A faint hint of strawberries”—Champagne drunk with Tiffany Case at the ’21 Club in New York.
Bollinger (quarter bottle): Sent by Tiffany to his cabin on the Queen Elizabeth—along with Sauce Béarnaise she has made to accompany steak canapés.
Dom Pérignon 1946: Wine waiter’s suggestion at Blades, M’s club.
Pommery Pink Champagne: Drunk from 1-pint silver tankards with stone crabs at Bill’s on the Beach in Miami.
Piesporter Goldtröpfchenz: Recommended by and drunk with Auric Goldfinger (naturally).
Chianti: Imbibed in Brighton to accompany his garlic-laden spaghetti bolognese.
Clicquot Rosé: Drunk with Beluga caviar in the casino at Nassau with Domino.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Taittinger Blanc de Blancs: Consumed “rather fast” in his hotel room in Royale-les-Eaux.
Mouton-Rothschild 1953: Half a bottle to accompany his “best ever” roast partridge before joining play in the casino.
Krug Champagne: Half bottle drunk in the casino bar—just before La Comtesse Teresa di Vicenzo (also known as Tracy) introduces herself.