Flat screen TV: check. Afternoon game on: check. Matching jerseys: check. Champagne. Check?
If football conjures up images of greasy chicken wings, beer, and people shouting at the television, champagne is equated with glitz, elegance, and a touch of pretension. It seems impossible that the two would ever exist in harmony. Recently, Peter Troilo of Nicholas Roberts Fine Wine in Darien, CT proved otherwise. He and wine distributor Peter Slywka held a grower champagne tasting against a backdrop of Sunday afternoon football.
“Most people think they have to drink champagne for a special occasion. People should drink it all the time!” Troilo proclaimed. Slywka nodded. Then both turned their attention to the TV and let out a whoop as their team complete a play.
Don’t let the laid back demeanor fool you; these guys know their stuff. Just this year, the Wall Street Journal wrote an article on the boutique wine store, praising it for its carefully stocked shelves. Troilo’s knowledge has earned him widespread respect in the industry. Recently he joined forces with New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov to select wines for an event celebrating the launch of the commentator’s book at the Darien Library.