Sunshine for Vegas Visit
Gold and glitz in Vegas.
Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc
Paris:- Saturday, 7. December 2002:- With the street paved and made safe for local racers, with the Thanksgiving turkey out of the way and with a little necessary painting done, winemaker Allan Pangborn decided to give himself a holiday and took Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine to Las Vegas to see the sights.
One of these was 'Paris, Las Vegas, Nevada' which was a great treat for the wine. Its prototype version did make a brief appearance in the other Paris, which is all around me as I write, but the wine was consumed so quickly it had hardly any time to see the real Tour Eiffel.
In describing his visit to Las Vegas Allan has written, "Had a great time. Saw the sun for the first time in two weeks."
From this you may gather that Allan is not a typical visitor to this town out in the middle or left-centre of some Nevada desert. First off, if he had a 'great time' he probably did not do too much gambling, or if he did it was for low stakes that would not be missed if the slots gobbled them up.
Or, just possibly, it was none of these, and he got a huge jackpot. But I rather doubt this because his message also says that he saw some sunshine.
Casual readers might not recall that Metropole has - or had - a fairly steady correspondent in Las Vegas who lives there, and he never mentioned anything about seeing sunshine unless he was out of town in the desert photographing old trains that the miners abandoned a hundred years or more ago.Allan's photo is not a postcard - but this is not 'real.'
No sir. In order to see the sun in Las Vegas two conditions must be met. You must be outside when it is actually daytime and the sun is shining. This may seem like only one condition because if you were outside at night, the sun might be shining somewhere - like Hawaii - but, actually, I have already forgotten the other condition.
But heed this not. From the photos it is obvious that the wine did see sunshine in Vegas and from the different views you can also imagine that it was from different vantage points - such as a variety of parking lots.
So then, it is fairly easy to imagine that Allan wasn't gambling all night every night, because people who do this tend not to see the sun in Las Vegas. Or, as has already been suggested, he drove into one parking lot, hit a slot in the lobby of the hotel he was checking into and got a huge jackpot fifteen minutes after entering the city limits - and that took care of that.
Personally, I was in the casino at Baden-Baden once, but since I wasn't wearing a tie I didn't get further than the lobby. Another time I was in the casino at Deauville, but there were so many mirrors that before I could figure out where the slots were, I was out on the boardwalk again. The sun wasn't shining in either place at the time either.These grapes are, in contrast, really real.
I am the kind of gambler that likes going to Café Metropole Club meetings to listen to Scoop tell tales about all of the 47 racetracks where he's 'broken the bank,' as they used to say about Monte Carlo.
My sister got half a racehorse as a wedding present. Some weeks after the wedding I heard that it was doing really well because it was a bit unknown and ran at crazy high odds, and the whole neighborhood had made a quiet bundle off it.
So I told my friends and we took all our rent money out to the track one fine evening and put it all on the nag's nose. The first bit of bad news was that the sky-high starting odds dropped like a lead balloon two minutes before the race, and then the horse fell asleep at third base.
This is why my current bet is on Cafe Metropole Blanc de Blanc. It may not be as nifty as half a race horse, but when all is said and done you can drink it, win or lose, and you don't have to feed it a lot of hay.
About Café Metropoleô Blanc de Blanc
The Abbreviated Philosophy
by Allan Pangborn
Kennewick:- My goal for the Moonlight Sparkling Wine Cellar is to produce the best sparkling wine possible in Washington State.
My ideal of the perfect wine is one you drink with friends and the bottle is empty before you know it. In other words, you don't focus on the wine but it is a pleasing accompaniment to the enjoyable things in life. Sipping Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc at the café La Corona in Paris would be pretty close to perfection.*
Visits to Moonlight
If you wish to visit 'The Shed,' please contact me prior to your visit. The laws controlling alcohol, tobacco and firearms probably account for 3/4ths of all the laws ever written in the USA. The fact that I must be notified before your visit is one of them!
Ordering and Shipping
Cafe Metropoleô Sparkling Wine is available now to the residents of the following States -
California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
There are two packages available:
Two 750 ml bottles for $52.00
Six 750 ml bottles for $136.00
The price includes packaging, handling and shipping costs. Shipment will be by UPS '3-day Select' and an adult signature is required for delivery.
Overnight or two-day shipment is an option. The shipping charge will be slightly more, so email your order to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your ZIP Code so I can tell you the actual cost.
Terms: Payment by check or money order, to 'Cafe Metropole' is acceptable. It should be mailed to :
Cafe Metropole, 4704 West 12th Avenue, Kennewick, WA 99338
As the winery is just beginning operations, we do not yet have the means to process credit cards. We will be adding this service in the near future. Until then, we will appreciate your use of a check or money order.
Allan Pangborn, Winemaker
What This Is About
All the past 'news' and lore about Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc and the Moonlight Sparkling Wine Cellar can be found with the links below.
The Metropole Paris issue of seven weeks ago introduced the new Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine here for almost the first time in world history. It make a brief appearance in a prototype form last December in New York, but in Metropole's issue 7.43 in late October it 'came out' officially.
This was followed up with some fascinating details about the winery itself, which is brand-new, constructed especially for this wine. The story continued with a report about a 'Cold Snap' that didn't affect Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc because of the new wood-burning stove in 'The Shed,' as the winery is called by Allan.Seeing is believing? Allan took the photo so it must be true.
Four weeks ago, Allan's account of the wine's first public tasting was featured. More recently, a small champagne vocabulary was provided by Allan, with some news about possible changes to laws in New York about ordering wines from out of state.
*This was followed in the last issue with Allan's philosophy about this particular sparkling wine, and his attitude to making wine in general. He has been working on this for 30 years and now he is putting it into practice.
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