There really is no place quiet as magical as the south of France. Not only is Limoux, in the Languedoc, the ancestral birthplace of sparkling wine, but there is a plethora of amazingly affordable and delicious rose wine to choose from. In today’s sparkler, the Cote Mas Cremant de Limoux Rose Brut fits the bill perfectly. This enticing blend of 70% Chardonnay, 20% Chenin Blanc, 10% Pinot Noir is fermented in stainless steel before it’s Methode Traditionelle secondary fermentation in bottle. A beautiful pink color with bold peach and stone fruit flavors, effervescent with blood orange and strawberries. At $15, it’s an everyday value and is fantastic with cheese or potato chips! Another sample from our friends at Gregory White PR, we salute you!
Monday Monday. It’s Monday, and I hate Mondays. But, on the update, it’s the last Monday in 2015. So how do we celebrate? With Faire la Fête of course! Faire la Fête is a blend of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Noir, from Limoux, France. Much like yesterday’s Crémant, this wine is from the birthplace of sparkling wine, and is where there is a month long carnival (fête) each year before Lent. This is a fun, lively bubbly, that is full of bright white peaches, lemons, cherry blossoms and fresh cream. This wine encourages you to celebrate every day life, and is a fête in itself. At under $20, it is a great everyday fizzy that you can enjoy with oysters, desserts, or a warm afternoon in the sunshine. Thank you to Banner Media Group for introducing me to this great wine!
Next up, we celebrate Sunday, and the arrival of my dear friend from another continent, by traveling to Italy in our glass. While many people know about Proscecco, and perhaps the magic of Franciacorta, Lombardy’s sparkling wine, Ferrarri Trento has been making sparkling wines in the Italian Alps since 1902. At ony $25, the Brut, which is 100% Chardonnay, is a steal, and will leave your guests wondering – “Is it Champagne, or is it Ferrari!” Unlike Prosecco, which is typically fermented in bulk, Ferrari bottle ferments (just like Champagne), and is aged for at least 24 months. Delicate and lively, with bright citrus and apple notes, enveloping the bouquet of white flowers. Slight hints of freshly baked bread, this is a wonderful way to end the evening, or just get it started, Ferrari Trento is one of the best values in sparkling wine outside of France. This is the base level for Ferrari, but if you want to explore more, try this European Winery of the Year’s delicious reserve wines. Still affordable luxury, and oh so delicious. Thank you to my friends at Gregory White PR for this scrumptious way to ring in the New Year!
At last, Christmas has come and gone, the beacon that is the end of 2015 is drawing near. To count down in style, I have decided to enjoy a different sparkling wine every day! Pop goes the cork on 2016. Today, on December 26th, Boxing Day, or the day after Christmas – what ever you call it – I am enjoying Champagne Laurent-Perrier Brut. This family owned Champagne house has been in operation since 1812, and is a fantastic last minute or host/hostess gift. Readily available and priced at a user friendly $45, it’s a great way to say Happy Holidays with classic Champagne. Classic flavors of citrus and brioche, with a nutty finish. Beautiful dusting of nutmeg on the chalky finish. A great entry point in to Champagne, particularly if you are trying to impress your friends and visiting family. Thanks to the lovely ladies at Teuwen Communications for the sparkling party in a glass!