Hugo (Huber to Go) Rosé Sparking Wine

14th December 2011

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

12th December 2011

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

Wine Review: 2005 La Perla Del Priorat Noster Inicial

4th October 2011

2005 La Perla Del Priorat – Noster Inicial is on deck for this week’s wine review.  This wine comes from  an area in Spain called Priorat (pree-ohr-aht).  Priorat, sometimes called Priorato, is known for its red wine production using the Grenache grape.  The Noster Inicial being reviewed is a good example of the complexity and finesse Priorat wines are known for in the wine world today.