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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Ben's Bubbly: The Infinite Monkey Theorem Carbonated Black Muscat

This week was a week of firsts! With not even three moons under his belt, Ben has learned to roll over from front to back. He did it three times early last week while I was at work. He did not repeat the feat for me to witness for two more days. Now, as long as he is in a good mood, if we put him on his stomach we are almost guaranteed to see him make it to his back once or twice. He likes showing off his new abilities and smiles when we cheer his accomplishment.

We also went over to my father-in-law's house for his 60th birthday party this weekend and Ben loved being the center of attention. He was hamming it up smiling, laughing and babbling for anyone who even glimpsed in his direction. He was so excited that he did not want to take a nap and was thus exhausted later that night. He did catch up with a marathon sleeping session.

Another Denver Ben also had a "first" this past week. Ben Parsons of The Infinite Monkey Theorem released the state's first canned wine on July 1. While he treated a privileged group to a pre-release party at the Smuggler Mine during the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen 2011, last Friday was the official release of the carbonated black muscat in 250 mL aluminum cans at the winery in Denver. I was unable to attend either of the festivities, but did score a can of the much anticipated wine.

2010 The Infinite Monkey Theorem, Carbonated Black Muscat, Grand Valley AVA, Colorado

Ten thousand 250-mL cans were produced of this peony pink-colored sparkling wine. Not produced in the traditional m├ęthode Champenoise (what, no cans in Champagne?), the bubbles dissipate rather quickly after being poured into a wine glass. Best to drink this straight out of the can. Beautiful aromas of roses and grapefruit rise from the glass as I raise it to my mouth. The 6.8% residual sugar is noticeable as it passes my lips. If Jelly Belly had a black muscat flavor, this would be it. It tastes like a mix of canned lychees in syrup, grapefruit with brown sugar broiled on top and a bouquet of summery flowers. This wine in a can is sure to be a hit with the under-thirty crowd in Denver and sell out rather quickly with less than 300 cases (750 mL equivalent) produced. If you like Red Bull and vodka, this wine will give you wings. 10.4% abv Sample. Very Good (tasted 6/30/11)

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