Sparkling Wines

    Hattenheim, Germany, Goes Stellenbosch, South Africa: Howzit Shiraz, Germany and South Africa

    Pictures: Paul Barth, Mark P. Barth and Alexander Jung with 2011 Howzit Shiraz at The Ivory Club in Frankfurt am Main, Germany Howzit is slang in South Africa (and Hawaii) for: hello - what's up? It is a contraction of "how is it”. Howzit is also the name of a new wine – a Shiraz – made by 4 men from South Africa and Germany in Stellenbosch in South Africa.

    8 readers - By Dr. Christian G.E. Schiller/ schiller-wine

    New Vintage Tasting at Schlossgut Diel, with Armin and Caroline Diel, Germany, 2014

    Picture: Caroline and Armin Diel Presenting their New Wines Caroline and Armin Diel presented their new wines, followed by a fine luncheon, at Schlossgut Diel to 50 or so wine journalists, sommeliers and trade people. A reception in the garden of the estate preceded the tasting. Following the tasting and before the luncheon, Armin Diel showed us the Schlossgut Diel estate.

    8 readers - By Dr. Christian G.E. Schiller/ schiller-wine

      France sparkling wine map

      Wine -- Mise en abyme - - 5 readers - Sparkling wine production in France can be placed into four broad categories: Champagne -- King of the hill. Reserved for sparkling wines produced within the delimited area of the Champagne wine region. Crémant -- sparkling wine made using the méthode traditionelle. Wines in this category include Crémant de Loire, Crémant d'Alsace, Crémant de Bourgogne, Crémant de Bordeaux, Crém ...

      7 Basics to Serving Wine and Glassware

      Wine Folly - - 5 readers - The basics on serving wine including tips from picking the right wine glasses to pouring wine without spilling. Some of these tips will even improve the flavor of wine. Wine Basics: Serving & Glassware Wine is a peculiar beverage because even serving it in different glasses can change the way it tastes.

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      Halloween for Wine and Candy Lovers

      … candies – candy corn. For candy corn wine matching the chart suggests: 1. A sweet wine like Gewürztraminer, Müller-Thugrau, Malvasia, Moscato, Riesling 2. Rich white wines like Chardonnay, Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier 3. Sparkling wines including Champagne, Prosecco, Cava or a Sparkling Rosé What would you pair with your favorite Halloween candy…

      4 readers - By Wine Trail Traveler

      Wine Tasting Terms And How to Use Them

      … oz pour. Most off dry wines are white wines, although on rare occasions you can find high quality Italian red wines that fall into the off dry category. High acidity wines like Riesling will taste more dry than a lower acidity wine (like Viognier) at the same actual sweetness level. “Sweet” Sweet wines are generally Dessert Wines and have a wide…

      4 readers - By Madeline Puckette/ Wine Folly

      Matching Cheese and Wine

      … as the classical tang of ammonia often jars nastily with wine. Try a red from the South of France – Fitou or Corbieres. An LBV port is also worth trying. Champagne works as would other dry sparkling wines. Brillat Savarin – red Bordeaux. Burrata – rosé Champagne. Buxton Blue – A cousin of Blue Stilton. Cabrales – a dry or sweet Sherry for this Spanish blue…

      4 readers - By Andrew Barrow/ Spittoon

      Budget Friendly Wines for Budget Friendly #SundaySupper

      … Chili from Peaceful Cooking Pair these dishes with a Cabernet Sauvignon. I like the 2012 Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($10). It’s a blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot, Syrah, Malbec and Mourvedre. It’s easy drinking with a plum, dark cherry, and vanilla character. Hunters Stew from Simply Healthy Family…

      4 readers - By Martin Redmond/ ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

      Review: CapaBubbles Sparkling Wine Cap

      …Review: CapaBubbles Sparkling Wine Cap CapaBunga makes a pretty cool rubberized still wine stopper. It would therefore make sense that the company would want to do the same thing for sparkling wines, which are frequently resealed after opening and saved for another day. The problem of course is that you can’t just jam a cork into the neck. The gas…

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      Wine Tasting Club Checklist

      … with the first course, then the second four with the entrée. At the end of the session, guests can vote on their favorite wine. If you’ve tasted the wines blindly, they can also guess which was which wine and then the bottles can be revealed. Retire to the living room for post-tasting conversation, coffee, tea and dessert. Ask guests…

      1 readers - By Natalie Maclean/ Natalie MacLean

      Review: NV Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut Champagne

      …Review: NV Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut Champagne Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut is a rare Champagne made with absolutely no dosage — the addition of refined sugar to the finished wine as a sweetener. Even the driest of sparkling wines tends to have some sugar in it — even if it’s a tiny amount. In L-P’s Ultra Brut, the sweetness is all in your mind…

      4 readers - By Christopher Null/

      EastDell Estates 2013 Black Cab, VQA Ontario

      …We became acquainted EastDell Black Cab during a trip to their winery in Ontario a couple years ago. We sampled the wine and couldn’t believe the low price of this unique and flavorful wine. On a recent visit to Pelee Point Provincial Park in Ontario recently, Black Cab again caught my eye in an LCBO store. I snagged a bottle to see what the new…

      2 readers - By Toledo Wines and Vines

      LCBO Vintages release – October 11, 2014 (WVN 202)

      … a reference standard for traditional method sparkling wines made in Canada. It has complex lemon, green apple and peach fruit and a fresh brioche character on the nose and palate. The acid is taut and zesty, the body is medium in weight and the finish is long and clean. Overall this is a balanced wine with fine structure and a refined personality…

      2 readers - By W John Switzer/ The Winesights Reader

      Made in BC — Really!

      …. The wine is dry with velvety tannins and incredible backbone to go with grilled meats. Good to drink now, but can cellar for a couple of years. Summerhill Pyramid Winery – – Cipes Blanc de Noirs (2008) — $35. This is truly one of their best sparkling wines at 13% abv. The wine had some extended sur lies bottle aging producing…

      2 readers - By cultureofwine

      Bolla Prosecco Adds Fun To Friends’ Mountain Getaway

      …. It is speculated that the grapes were grown by Romans 2,000 years ago, but there is no proof of that. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks. The secondary fermentation that produces the bubbles takes place in sealed tanks. This cuvee close method produces sparkling wines quicker than the traditional Methode Champenoise where the secondary…

      1 readers - By Dennis Sodomka/

      The sparkling wines of Bugey AOC (Ain, France)

      …In a recent post I shared a graphic of the full scope of French AOC sparkling wine production and identified the relevant bucket into which each instance fell. One of the least known of the identified AOCs is Bugey, a small wine region within the Ain départment which, though encumbered by anonymity, has the distinction of being one of four regions…

      3 readers - By Wine -- Mise en abyme

      The other champagne grapes

      … tastes like apples, which reminds me of Mauzac, the grape used to make sparkling wines in southwestern France. Arbanne is also highly acidic, and has a flavor that one taster described as green peppercorns. Bernard told me it was difficult to get seeds or plants of Arbanne and Petit Meslier anywhere in the Champagne region. He has planted a row…

      1 readers - By Vine Art ... from the palate of first vine wine online

      SSU Students Agree that Gloria Ferrer 2006 Royale Cuvee is Fit for Royalty

      …Contributed by Erica Schreckenghaust – The SSU WineSense Club was honored to have Gloria Ferrer Winery host the tasting this past week. A total of 47 students came to taste seven of their fantastic wines. Ryan, hospitality rep for the winery, described the history of the estate and the winemaking process. We began with four sparkling wines…

      1 readers - By Wine Stars