I Had A Bellini..
....for the first time.
I've been to a good portion of bars -a bigger portion of impromptu cocktail parties- and bellinis were never really my thing. They tasted like the champagne version of a slushy or bad margarita so I steered clear.
During my recent visit to Montreal I walked by a champagne bar and decided to rehydrate :)
By the way, did you now that most 'champagnes' are just sparkling white wine because the grapes were not raised in the champagne region of France? Another blog maybe.
Anyway. Rather than shuffle through the entire menu of drinks I asked the go-to question "what do you suggest?" My waitress was your typical tall, skinny, long brown hair girl that was seconds from being picked up as a model...so I started to question her when she said "I really like the bellini." After a moment of hesitation, and not wanting to offend the french soon-to-be model, I shrugged and said "ok" i'll take that.
What was brought to me was far from anything I had ever had. A small bit of puree was placed in the bottom of a champagne flute and then she poured real champagne into the glass right in front of me. After a small stir (too much and the drink goes everywhere) and I was sipping on my first real bellini.
The peaches were not too sweet, I wasn't sipping on an alcoholic slurppie, and my drink clearly didn't come out of a pre-made machine.
Needless to say I enjoyed myself and had another...maybe 2.
So here's to you Le Champagnerie for introducing me to the bellini.