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Bortolotti Treviso Prosecco – Extra Dry

19 Dec

Prosecco..Let me count the ways

I love Prosecco.  Of all the sparkling wines out there, Prosecco holds a special place in my heart.  It is one of those wines that make me feel good when I drink it.  I think it is because it is so unassuming, inexpensive and delicious.  Prosecco is an Italian white wine normally made from Glera (“Prosecco”) grapes.  This Prosecco from Bortolotti was a real treat.  Bortolotti’s Prosecco Trevsio is produced extra dry, which confusingly means it is not that dry.  It is kind of middle of the road dry and not as dry as a sparkling wine labeled brut.  You can taste the sweetness on this wine and it makes a great aperitif (drank before the meal to stimulate the appetite).  It is fruity with a fresh acidity that balances the sweetness.  This one is definitely worth a taste. – Brandon

Hugo (Huber to Go) Rosé Sparking Wine

14 Dec

Think Pink for the Holidays

I came across this rosé sparkling wine while attending a wine tasting last week at Regency Wines in Fairlawn, Ohio (check them out – great selection).  I am always on the hunt for something off the beaten path and this sparkler was right up my alley.  To start, it is from Austria….yeah that’s what I said…Austria?  It doesn’t stop there my friends…it is made using a grape called Zweigelt.  This grape is the most widely grown red grape in Austria.  It is dry and very fruity with hints of fresh berries topped with a delicate acidity.  At $14 a bottle, it is a nice sparkling wine to drink with friends during this holiday season (or any time for that matter).  - Brandon

Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava

12 Dec

Recovering

I have to admit that when I was told that I needed to taste a great sparkling wine that was under $10 I was a little skeptical.  I am a recovering wine snob and every now and then I relapse.  Thanks to this little gem from Spain – Jaume Serra Cristalino Cava – I am back on the road to recovery.  This Cava is Brut (dry) and drinks very clean and crisp with notes of citrus and toast.  Most folks think that there needs to be an occasion to pop the cork on bubbly wine, but it is quite the opposite.  Include a sparkling wine in your regular everyday wine rotation and I guarantee every time you hear that “pop”, you will smile. – Brandon