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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

Independence Day Favorites

3 Jul

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY – Here are my Independence Day favorites. Check them out and enjoy. Have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend – Brandon

Pink: May not wear it, but I’ll drink it

21 Jun

While I don’t care for pink in my wardrobe, pink in my wine glass is another matter…

Whether it’s a rosé from the Loire Valley of France or the ubiquitous White Zinfandel, there is a rosé wine for everyone.    The last few years I have seen a shift in consumer’s impressions of the rosé wine.  I can remember a time in the not so distant past when the mention of a pink wine would send the noses of oenophiles (wine geeks) flaring in contempt.  This is primarily the fault of the White Zinfandel craze that started in the 1970′s.  Now, the tide of consumer desire has shifted and when I walk into the local wine shop, I am greeted by full displays of this pink delight.

Traditional rosé wines are generally dry in style.  This is in contrast to White Zinfandel, which is usually produced as a sweet wine.  So, while White Zinfandel is technically a rosé, many wine drinkers dismiss it because of its sweetness (I have included a recommended sweet treat below- check it out). Yet, if you ask those same dismissive drinkers where they started in the wine world, chances are, it was with White Zin.  There is nothing inherently wrong about White Zinfandel.  Like art, the wine you choose is a matter of personal preference.  If you choose a wine that makes you smile when you drink it, you have chosen wisely. (more…)