Sparkling

    • Have a Wine Tasting Party!

      Want to conduct your own Wine by Mood tasting? Here’s a little shopping list that won’t fail you – covering all styles. I poured these last weekend at the Gourmet Wine & Food Expo and they were all a hit – because I framed them in their proper context. Start with the bubbly, then if you can pour all 3 whites, then all 3 reds to experience their contrast.

      Billy's Best Bottlesin Cabernet Sauvignon- 6 readers -
    • Thanksgiving wines with a big thank you ~ The Whites

      Thanksgiving wines are a natural wine topic. During this time of year, from one year to the next, I reflect upon who’s been there for me in the past cycle… entrusting me with their stories. This blog post is more about giving thanks, than it is about Thanksgiving wines. It is more interesting, however, if I do tell you about the wines I’ve most enjoyed throughout the year, w ...

      Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog- 7 readers -
    • Two Crémant du Jura from Champ Divin

      Published by Simon Two more wines from this producer coming soon, in there meantime, these sparklers deserve attention Champ Divin Crémant du Jura Zéro Dosage 2012, France (£15.80 Tanners) Confident, sleek young wine, has the crisp apple bite you expect with no dosage, but there’s enough yeasty pineapple and caramelised apple flavour to balance, alo ...

      Drinking Outside The Boxin Pinot Noir Chardonnay- 5 readers -
  • Episode 251: Trying Wine From Illinois

    … Dan took a trip to Chicago over Thanksgiving, and was able to have a quick visit with one of our biggest fans, John, in Sterling, IL. He had picked up a couple of bottles of local wine that he enjoyed, and gave them to us to try on the show. Neither one of us have had Illinois wine before. Even though we hadn’t heard of the winery before, John…

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  • Episode 251: Trying Wine From Illinois

    … Dan took a trip to Chicago over Thanksgiving, and was able to have a quick visit with one of our biggest fans, John, in Sterling, IL. He had picked up a couple of bottles of local wine that he enjoyed, and gave them to us to try on the show. Neither one of us have had Illinois wine before. Even though we hadn’t heard of the winery before, John…

    Wine is Serious Business- 2 readers -
  • Local Sparkling Picks and…

    … as Champagne and is located just down the highway. Bouillot bubbly got me excited with its feeling of luxury. And low price. A lovely ‘quiet moments’ drink. LOUIS BOUILLOT 09 Cremant de Bourgogne, Brut, France 178137 Vintages $19.95 Ferrari makes Italian bubbly by the Champagne (oops, I mean Traditional) method. Bold, characterful stuff that’s a lot better value than the car. At least in my opinion. FERRARI Brut, Trento, Italy 352153 Vintages $25.95 …

    Billy's Best Bottlesin Riesling- 1 readers -
  • Easy Drinking Bubbly for Parties

    … Easy drinking style SPARKLING – for PARTIES New arrival Prosecco, Fiol is eye catching – black fence-posts on a white background, and apparently the name is an ancient word for ‘being part of a group of friends’. Nice. But Fiol is more than cool. Expect super refreshment with a delicate tease of flavor – the hallmark of good Prosecco…

    Billy's Best Bottles- 1 readers -
  • That Time of Year: 2014 Thanksgiving Postmortem

    … the guests who would attend, I kept thinking that one of the 1.5L northern Rhône bottles I have on hand would pair best. The Pierre Gonon syrah is a juicy black currant delight with tons of darker notes of earth and leather, good acidity, and is a crowd pleaser. While I consider this vintage too young for a red meat entrée, given this meal…

    jvb uncorkedin Pinot Noir- 1 readers -
  • Visiting Cava Country – Sant Sadurni d’Anoia

    … Visiting Cava Country – Sant Sadurni d’Anoia On the surface the town of Sant Sadurni d’Anoia is rather non-descript. Most of the town sits on a hill above the Laverno River. Apart from a small square with a bar and a couple of shops there really doesn’t seem to be much worthy of attention. But this is the capital of Cava country. Every other…

    Andrew Barrow/ Spittoon- 4 readers -
  • Heads Up: Billecart-Salmon Tasting at The Urban Grape

    … comparing to a much more affordable domestic sparkling brut rosé. Guests with familiarity with sparkling wines could definitely tell which was the more expensive wine. Hint: Look for the fine bubbles, silky mouthfeel and overall elegance. So head on over to The Urban Grape tonight or tomorrow if you're in the area. Keep tabs on their events page for upcoming tastings. You can follow @UrbanGrape on Twitter for more information. …

    Robert Dwyer/ The Wellesley Wine Press- 4 readers -
  • Two, Two Landmarks In One

    … - and we immediately popped the cork - plastic though it was. Funny thing was that Vixen knew what it was before she'd even opened the gift bag. 1799. N.V. Andrès Baby Duck (Canada) As defined by Urban Dictionary: "cheap wine...younger kids drink it now for recreation. Older folks can't believe it's still around." You would be correct if you raised…

    2001 Bottles - A Wine Odysseyin Pinot Noir -
  • Podere Giardino ‘Suoli Cataldi’ Reggiano Lambrusco Rosso 2013

    … this fantastic with a wide variety of dishes, especially rich ones. [It was spectacular with an array of Italian cheese, including Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino Fosso and Provolone Mandarone] 30% Marani, 30% Salamino, 30% Oliva, 5% Ancellotta Reggiano Lambrusco Emilia Romagna Italy Produced by Azienda Agricola Podere Giardino, Bottled by ICQRF 2019/RE 11.5% Alcohol $17 [average price] Enjoy now Like this: Like Loading... Related …

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  • Ricci Curbastro Sparkling Wines: Innovation Becomes Tradition

    … is the owner, Managing Director and head of marketing of Ricci Curbastro Farm Estate Winery located in Lombardy, northern Italy. In addition to explaining the numerous safeguarding components of Federoc [National Confederation for Voluntary Consortia for the oversight of the Denominations of Origin], he passionately described his distinctive sparkling…

    the buddha in your glassin Chardonnay- 1 readers -
  • The Wines of Artemayor

    … The Wines of Artemayor Surrounded as we were by old railway carriages, great hulking bruts of steam engines and a more delicate vernacular train, just about made this wine tasting location perhaps the most unique ever. Here we were at day 4 of an in-depth investigation into the 50 Great Cavas of 2014 in a railway museum, just outside Barcelona…

    Andrew Barrow/ Spittoonin Chardonnay- 2 readers -
  • Some New Italian Wine Finds for Vancouver?

    … and vanilla aromas in the glass. Full body, dry and soft. Ripe cassis and vanilla flavours. Soft tannins,mouth watering acidity, and some spice on the finish. Highly recommended. Tenuta Montemagno Mysterium Barbera d’Asti DOCG Superiore 2009 Velenosi Verdicchio dei Castelli Di Jesi DOC Querciantica 2013 – Light stone fruit nose. Medium body, soft and round…

    MyWinePalin Chardonnay- 1 readers -
  • My New American GF

    … MEET MICHELLE, MY NEW AMERICAN GIRLFRIEND A softish, fruity, sparkling that’s a must-try for fans of Prosecco. Really easy drinking/crowd-pleasing for parties and family gatherings. And better value than some Prosecco that have started to over-charge. DOM STE. MICHELLE ‘Michelle’ Brut Sparkling, Washington State 363341 $16.95 …

    Billy's Best Bottles- 2 readers -
  • 50 Great Cavas 2014

    … In the face of Proseccos never-ending popularity Cava, once the champion of sparkling wines, seems to have slipped off most peoples radar. Like any region and wine style there are the low quality bottles in addition to some outstanding producers battling the elements and striving for quality, consistency and excellence. Witness the (free…

    Andrew Barrow/ Spittoon- 3 readers -
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