Culinary Director Justin Chapple joins Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle in the wine tasting game "Sip, Savor, Spit" - in which Justin blind tastes three different sparkling wines to determine his most and least favorite.
I once heard that you can tell the price of champagne by the sound of it. But the question is which sound is more expensive? [BLANK_AUDIO] [LAUGH] If it's like going kaching, kaching, kaching then you know it's really [BLEEP] expensive. [LAUGH] Justin Jabble welcome to this crazy game we play with wine which is called Sip, Savor, Spit. You are our mad genius, the food/wine. I am- I've known you for, how many years by now? I think like ten. Ten years. Yeah, ten years. Sounds like crazy. And we've had a lot of wine together. We have had a ton of wine together. But never like this format. But not in this format. So this is a game. This is called Sip, Savor, Spit. Obviously it's blind, you don't know what these wines are. What you have to do, you are not to identify them, you are not to figure out what they are. You do not have to do anything except decide which one You would take us your kind of average day, average drinking, sort of like it, it's cool. My house wine. Your house wine, that's your sip wine. One that you just think is utterly fantastic, that's your savor wine. And then the third one is kinda the loser of the situation, that's the one you would spit. Or gift, regift. Or regift, because these are all sparkling wines for the holidays. Sparkling wine is the ultimate regiftable wine. So with that I think we should get started. I would love for nothing more than that. There's nothing like sparkling wine when it's cold outside. We're gonna hope these wines are cold enough, because if they aren't, they're gonna spray all over either you or me. This would not be the first time someone sprayed me with champagne. And I'm going to hide the little wire cage there because it will give away Nature of the wine. But you should save the wired cages because you can make little figurines out of them. Yes, you can. You can make little horses. Do you know how to do that? No, but if you remember we had a coworker once who used to. We did, who made lots of little animals and lots of little horses, and panda bears. One trick about pouring, you know this, right? You pour an ounce into each glass, or just a little bit. That means when you come back to pour the rest Foam up- My gosh, I never knew that. That's incredible. Years of hanging out with me and you don't know this. So this is wine number one. This is all we get? Well, I mean we're gonna go through three wines. Again, I will reiterate, this is all we get? Okay, I'm winking with my eye. My good eye It has bubbles so this is definitely a sparking wine. Excellant. It is a sparkling wine. This doesn't meant that its champagne. champagne only comes from Champagne in France. Right. Sparkling wine, the massive catagory of sparkling wine, could be: prosecco, could be cava from Spain, could be champagne form France. It's quite nice. It's very dry. So you would drink this? I would definitly drink this. I don't quite know if it's my sip savor- Or spit. Right. Because for all I know. The others could be better. This could be a spitter, but I don't know. You don't know yet. Until I have. That's the nature of the game. This is very complicated. Okay, we're gonna finish this one. Okay, time for wine number two. Let's do it right? That second one was much more quiet than the first one. Now the average bottle of sparkling wine has the same pressure as a car tire which is why don't point corks at people. Ooh, I should be blindfolded because automatically I'm like, ooh, pink wine. Wine number two. Okay, smells a little fruitier already. [INAUDIBLE] wine. That's very different [LAUGH] Is that a good difference? It's not quite as sippable I don't think. Let me try it again. I'll still drink it, don't get me wrong. I'll still drink it. Much less fizz. Much softer. But Letter is. Yeah, it's much softer. It's not filling my mouth like the first one did. And it looks a little wetter. What is that? I don't know how to describe this. It looks wetter. Justin, it's a liquid. They're all equally wet. [LAUGH] But this one's wetting the glass. Watch, I'm gonna drink this, and then I'm gonna pull it away. And you're gonna see that it fizzes all over the side of the glass. Yeah. Watch. I'm watching. [MUSIC] Yes. You see that? Yes you're right. What does that mean Well I think it means. Can someone get a scientist. Please someone get us a scientist. I only had a banana today. We gotta get you some food. Have a nut. Here it's a great tasting nut. No I'm not feeding you a nut man. That's wierd. All right. [LAUGH] Would you feed me a cracker? I will feed you a cracker. Here, have a cracker. It's because it's big. [LAUGH] Watch the double entendres. Yummy, we should do this more often. Okay, time for wine number three. I'm ready for it, apparently. In our sip or spit challenge. The bubbles went away much quicker than the last one They did. Wait I think we should cheers for this. Cheers for the holidays. It's a little funkier. It's a little bit like cheese rind. Yes. Which is that sort of earthy cheese rind thing. Yes funky. Funky, but in champagne that's not that uncommon. I actually really like this one. It's a good wine. It's a really good wine. It's so crazy because you get like a ton of funk when you smell it. But then it's really clean. So here's a question, favorite for parties. It's probably How Will I know by Whitney Houston. [MUSIC] I like the fact that you move when you sing, that's important. It's called dancing. it's called dancing, I always forget. I'm from Texas, what can I do? [LAUGH] Okay. We're at that decision point, I have to have your answer. Okay. Sip, savor, spit, I can pour you one of each. I need one of each. Absolutely. In the meantime, I need a little pallet cleanser here, something salty. Actually it's really just to fill my stomach so I don't get drunk. I think we passed that point man. [LAUGH] So I got my three glasses here I'm gonna drink all of them. I wanna get rid of my spit. Which is your spit? Okay, my spit is the middle, The pink one, okay. The pink one, it's like there's too much bubble, it's too frothy. I'm gonna reveal what- Really expensive? No, it's not. It's petnat. It's a organic old school kind of sparkling from Francois Pinon in the Lowar valley for 24 bucks So is this a natural line? It is effectively a natural line. Wow. But it's a very clean natural line. It is a very clean natural one. I'm very impressed. Okay, that's my spit. Sorry, I have to keep drinking. I think you should, I mean. This would be my sip line and the reason is because it's much lighter. It's a little drier, and I feel like I could drink more of it. And this is my savor because it's a little bit more like me. Cool. Which is voluptuous. Voluptuous. Long legs and it's thicker. [LAUGH] [LAUGH] I'm not going anywhere near that. Your sip wine is Bollinger. I love Bollinger. It's classic champagne. Can't get more classic. Beautiful body of wine. Sponsor me Bollinger. $50 a bottle But your savor wine, this is what I I think is really interesting. Your savor wine is the Sokol Blosser Bluebird Cuvee from Oregon, 24 bucks a bottle. Wow. And a new wine from them, they just released it and it's part of this whole new world of Oregon sparkling wine that's going on. It's delicious. Yeah. Ray. Happy new year, Justin. Happy new year. I'm really drunk right now