Cheers to KO – A Knock Out Colleague

You know me as an amateur wino, but my day job consists of managing the communications and marketing efforts at a premier Miami art museum (Pérez Art Museum Miami to be exact, PAMM for short).  This week, a member of our “PAMMily”, Katherine O., is saying goodbye to this chapter in her life and is moving on to another opportunity.

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Even though we’re going to miss her, we can’t help but celebrate her success. And as any PAMMily member knows, success is celebrated at The Corner. A tiny but vibrant bar, The Corner is a hip and cultured meeting place for downtown Miami inhabitants.

The happy hour is exceptional, $3 beers and $5 wells, but I of course felt like wine. I ordered a bottle of Graham Beck Brut, which came in at $30 (I found it online for about $15). It’s from South Africa and uses pinot noir and chardonnay grapes. Both varietals were hand-picked: Chardonnay at 18-19.5°B for fruit and elegance and Pinot Noir at 18.5-20°B for complexity and length of flavor. In the cellar, whole bunch pressing ensures fractional recovery. After settling of the juice, the two varieties are fermented separately. They are then cross-blended along with reserve wine if necessary, bottled and left for 15 to 18 months yeast contact time before disgorgement.

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The wine has a pale yellow hue and plenty of bubbles. It has a light aroma, but packs fresh and crisp lemony citrus fruit punch with nice acidity and minerality. It was the perfect drink for a celebration. I give it 3.5/5. I paired it with a The Corner staple – pan con tomate with serrano ham and manchego cheese – along with good times and laughter.

Cheers to you, KO!

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