1811 – Cuvée de la Comète: Our Bicentennial Honor.

Happy Monday!  We hope you all had a great weekend. This past weekend, we did more work regarding our relationship with Wine To Water. MSix Wines has come up with a perfect way to help the organization while we are building our company. We are looking to make an announcement as soon as we can get the logistics worked out and a proposal approved. Things are moving!

As I previously stated, I read a lot of wine books. One of my favorites is “The Widow Clicquot” by Tilar Mazzeo; it is a non-fictional account of the rise of the champagne empire that is Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin. A monumental year, both in the rise of the empire as well as all over France, was 1811. In 1811, a comet (later to be officially named C/1811 F1) was visible to the naked eye for 260 days, peaking in intensity during October of that year. The image above is the label/logo for Veuve Clicquot; the icon for this iconic champagne is the company’s modern representation of the comet from 1811, commemorating the event’s significant influence on the company’s history. Winery owners in the 19th century were basically farmers who made wine; this being said, the follow the astrological signs that the gods offered them to make their horticulture decisions. Comets have longed been associated with some of the finest vintages for wine and 1811 was no different. Recently, a bottle of 1811 Chateau d’Yquem sold for £75,000, partly because of the producer, Chateau d’Yquem, being world-renowned but mostly because of the rarity of the bottle and the importance of the vintage.

Being 2011, it is the bicentennial of this illustrious vintage and we at MSix are celebrating this occasion by producing an extremely limited sparkling wine production. We are beyond excited to announce this decision, as it gives us the great pleasure of honoring such an important year in winemaking history, as well as celebrating our the first year as a company.

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-MSix

I drink champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.
Madame Lilly Bollinger

’98 La Grande Dame and Popeye’s: My Definition Of A Perfect Meal.

Friday! Fun Friday! Yes! More funny wine pictures below. Thank you to those who sent pictures in!

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I think the best Fun Friday drink would HAVE to be champagne. Bubbles have a way of lighting up a night. It has something to do with the little bits of excitement climbing out of our glasses. So, what can you eat everyday that will accentuate champagne? Fried chicken! Imagine this: open a ’98 La Grande Dame with a couple friends – not too many friends, this is a great bottle – and devour a 12-piece bucket of Popeye’s. The acidity in champagne pairs perfectly with the fatty greasiness of the fried chicken; it’s like a match made in wine heaven! Other great bubble pairs include Fritos and potato chips. I went to a champagne tasting last December and the first thing we were out of was Fritos! Later, expensive cheeses and meat trays. Hello, fried chicken and Fritos! (Don’t tell my dietician).

Should be a nice weekend for a run here in the Valley. My advice: bring your own water.

Update on our progress with Wine To Water: I spoke with the Director of Wine with Wine to Water yesterday. We are in the process of creating a partnership with Wine To Water, allowing us to donate a percentage of our proceeds to the organization as well as host tasting events (Pinot and Pizza, Champagne and Fried Chicken!) to raise money to help their cause. I challenge our readers to find something you that inspires you towards change, wine-related or not, and act on it. Send us your stories for your chance to win a bottle of our limited release 2011 Pinot Noir. Like I said yesterday, we cannot underestimate what we are capable of when we find something we believe in. One person can change the world.

Have a great weekend! Happy sipping!

-MSix

There is no passion to be found playing small, settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
Nelson Mandela

Wine To Water: You Don’t Have To Be Jesus To Create A Miracle.

Happy Friday Eve everyone! We want to thank everyone who helped us have such a great success on our Facebook and Twitter launch. Please spread the word to enter to win a bottle of our inaugural 2011 Pinot Noir! Heck, we will even sign it and all that fun stuff! #savefamoussignatures.

One aspect of the wine business I believe is often lacking is participation in charities. The wine industry is a multi-billion dollar business worldwide, there is no excuse to not be involved more in charities. A benefit of being a new business is we can create relationships with certain organizations from day one. Enter, Wine To Water. An excerpt from their website:

Wine To Water is a 501(c)(3) non-profit aid organization focused on providing clean water to needy people around the world. Nearly 1 billion people in the world today lack access to adequate water and 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation. We are devoted to fighting this epidemic. Wine symbolizes fortune in our society. Our goal is to give the fortunate population an opportunity to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves.

Coming from an amazing country such as the United States of America, we are handed certain privileges often take for granted; clean water being one of them. As a kid, I pledged to share my good fortune with those who didn’t get the breaks in life I did. We, as humans, are so powerful and have so much to give. The partners at MSix Wines know the importance of picking up those around us who are down. We are all in this together.

While we do not have a tangible product to donate as of right now, we have begun the process to work out some way to help this awesome organization. Please stay tuned for further developments! We are excited to be able to help!

-MSix

I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do the something I can do.
Helen Keller