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Sparkling Wine

Italy, Sparkling Wine, Franciacorta, Brut, Lo Sparviere, Agricole Gussalli Beretta, Cuvee Number Seven

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N/ One of my favorite aromas in the entire world is saffron. This is the first wine I’ve ever smelled that had some of the characteristic aromas of saffron. Simply blew me away, and admittedly biased me to loving this wine even before I sipped it. Her other aroma attributes include light citrus, pears, green […]

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France, Pinot Noir, Sparkling Wine, Cremant, Cremant D’ Alsace, Rose, Brut Rose, Lucien Albrecht

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N/ She starts with a lovely salt blast, followed by flint, light strawberry wafts, and red apples. T/ Light to medium mouth feel. Lovely, dancing acid which accompanies elegantly restrained flavors of red apple, tart cranberry, and honeysuckle. She has an extended close of minerality and red apple. http://pasternak-wines.simpleflame.com/pdfs/Lucien%20Albrecht%20Brut%20Rose%20Product%20Sheet%20SRP.pdf Price = $22 N = A- […]

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Italy, Glera, Prosecco, “Extra Dry,” Sparkling Wine, Spumante, Prosecco DOC Treviso, Mionetto, Brut, Organically Grown Grapes, Valdobbiadene, Veneto

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Note: this is one of the first wines where I’ve enjoyed (very much) the non-organic variety of the same brand and then actually enjoyed the wine made with organic grapes even better. This is a quality to price champion. N/ One of the purest expressions of green apple aroma that I’ve ever encountered outside of an […]

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Italy, Glera, Sparkling Wine, Spumante Prosecco DOC Treviso, Mionetto, Brut, Valdobbiadene, Veneto

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N/ Toast points, fresh oyster shells, popping green apples, almond powder. Throughly pleasing – and for this price point? – well, simply remarkable. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Green apples and light white pear intertwine with ample acids and a touch of yeast/toast flavors. Clean lines of both mouthfeel and flavor –  and a nice backbone as […]

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Brasil, Sparkling Wine, Casa Valduga, Arte Tradicional, Elegance, Methode Traditionnelle, Demi Sec “Natural”, Vale dos Vinhedos, 2010

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60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. N/ Lightly salted green apples. Excellent toast points. Hard minerals. Clean, fresh golden hay notes. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Nicely coating mouthfeel, but also popping lime zest and green apple flavors. Long, hay and toasty notes. A kiss of minerals on a nice finish. For the label of “Demi-sec” she certainly […]

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Italy, Sparkling Red Blend (mainly Brachetto grape must, partial ferment), Riboli Family, Stella Rosa, Il Conte’ de Alba, Piedmont

Note: to me, this is not a wine, so I will not rate it as I normally do… N/ Sort of an amazing bubble gum blast. Huge, quite startling really, citronella. Strawberry jam. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Quite sweet, saunters right up to the edge of cloying and then extends her pink (manicured and […]

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Sparkling Wine / Champagne / Cava / Cremant / Prosecco = “Sparkling Spectacular”

This following wines were part of blind tasting by the #SDWM (twitter hashtag) group – our “Sparkling Spectacular”. We were fortunate enough to have bottles of bubbles from all over the world, a dozen of which I found interesting enough to write up. The results were quite surprising.  Flat-out amazing deals exist in the sparkling […]

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Brazil, Sparkling Wine, Demi-Sec, Terranova, Miolo

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A demi-sec Blanc de BlancsN/ Hay. River stones. Light petrol. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Tropical fruits. Pineapple! Stones. Light toast and very faint cheese. Retail: Only about $10! Muito bom! Brilliant. 93

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Sparkling Wines – The Name Issue

For a sparkling wine to be termed “Champagne” is must be 100% produced within the geographic confines of, and from grapes grown in, the Champagne region of France. Even other locations within France cannot use the term. For example, bubbly made in Burgundy is termed “Cremant”.  In Italy the term Spumante is used, in Spain […]

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