Sparklers for the 4th of July and Beyond

Well, we’ve been busy in the garden and shirking our blogging duties! Backlogged on blogging.
So instead of back tracking to the bare vines, let’s get summer on a roll with the fizzies that get my nose tingling.

Valerie and I love sparkling wine for summer, so we popped down to Everyday Wine on Alberta for a tasting of 5 very different bubblies from a slight frizzante to, lovely bubbles traveling straight up the glass blooming  the bready nose I love so much!prosecco

I forgot the camera so it has taken most of the afternoon looking for pictures of these interesting and affordable wines.

The first wine was a baby pink Cantine Riondo Proscecco Raboso Classici.  Made in a “drink me now, well chilled style’, the nose is floral and tart, the taste is refreshing, peppery with spritz, and as delicate as ripe watermelon.  We are planning a strawberry social and I want to help Valerie make a great wine punch from this, served in a watermelon!  It retails for around $15.

The next wine, a Troccadero Brut from France, was light, fizzy and fun.  No real complexity but lots of bubbles for tickling.  Beth, from Everyday Wines said this was a Champagne “crying out for orange juice” or I think a Pimms Royal cocktail:

trocc 1 measure of Pimm’s
1 slice of Orange
1 slice of Lemon
1 slice of Lime
1 slice of Apple
Fresh Mint
Top up glass with Champagne

The Domaine Saint Barbe, Cremant de Bourgogne, or Burgundy in France, for $24, was a classic chardonnay Champagne.  Dry with a salty tang and perfect bubbles. It went very well with some of my favorite dried Dutch goats cheese and Valerie’s asian roasted nuts.

The Pierre Frick Cremant d’Alsace 2003 for $24., was sweeter, smoother and creamier than the Cremant de Bourgogne.  Made from a variety of grapes from a 2003 vintage.  It brought to mind Alsatian reisling sweetness and acid, that we love in a white wine.

The Hill of Content, Sparkling Shiraz/cab blend was one of the most unique wines of the evening.  This Sparkler is made predominantly from Shiraz sourced from Padthaway, south of Adelaide. The base wine was aged in French oak for 2 ½ years, giving it a wonderful lush and dense character. Cherry and hints of plum meld together with spice and earthy notes.  This is a dry, medium plus bodied wine with great bubbles, served cold…and it works!  This would pair well with Ahi tuna on the grill and spicy olives.  Yum.Picture 1

The last wine of the evening was a Moscato D’Asti Sourgal from Elio Peronne.  Sourgal mean it was made to be consumed quickly, and that isn’t hard to do.  Brimming with lychee and blueberry flavors this is a great light dessert wine, low in alcohol and a refreshing end to an al fresco meal.  Mix it with blueberry ice tea for an interesting  afternoon cocktail.moscato

Thank you sparklers for giving us cold respite for the puppy days of summer, and bubbles to delight the senses.

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~ by winedogreview on June 25, 2009.

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