Chandon Brut Classic Sparkling Wine

Chandon

Brut Classic Sparkling Wine

(California)

On Bottle/Website:

* Made using méthode traditionnelle, this wine goes through second fermentation in the bottle

* Made from the traditional Champagne varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier

* Displays apple and pear flavors and aromas with a hint of spice that leads to a soft, dry finish

* Recommended to refresh the palate when eating salty, creamy, or nutty foods such as Caesar salad, fried calamari, oysters, or fresh sashimi and sushi

My Notes:

Appearance: clear, day bright, clear/light straw, low concentration

Nose: clean, medium intensity, pear, apple

Palate: Off dry, medium bodied, fruit confirms the nose, medium alcohol, medium minus acidity, medium plus finish, medium complexity

This sparkling wine tasted divine with the creamy, decadent crème brulee and strawberries that I paired it with for dessert.

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Pineapple, Lime & Coconut Spritzer

This wine spritzer is a refreshingly cool thirst quencher to enjoy with friends and family on a sunny weekend gathering.

Pineapple, Lime & Coconut Spritzer

3 cups pineapple juice

2 cups coconut water

1/2 cup fresh lie juice

2 cups of sparkling white wine

* Combine pineapple juice, coconut water and fresh lime juice in a large pitcher.  Chill for 30 minutes (or up to 12 hours).

* Just before serving, add sparkling wine.

* Serve over ice, garnished with 1/2 pineapple slice.

Cinzano Gran Cuvee Rosé

Cinzano

Rosé Gran Cuvee

2011

(Italy)

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On Bottle/Website:

* Blend of Durello, Garganega, Trebbiano and Pinot Noir grapes

* Distinctive natural pink color

My Notes:

* Appearance: clear, bright, pink, low concentration

* Nose: clean, weak intensity, red berries

* Palate:  confirms nose

I tasted this wine with spicy Chinese food to see if the sparkling wine would cut through the spiciness.  Unfortunately, the food was not spicy enough to fully test the theory.  I have not tasted many rosés, so it is possibly that this type of wine is simply not for me.  Or maybe the food pairing did not bring out the best in this particular wine.  Whatever the case may be, this wine is not one that I have a desire to purchase again.

Bellini

As I drank a bottle of Four Daughters Winery Sparkling Moscato this past weekend, I couldn’t help but think of the fact that it would be perfect in a Bellini.  Sparkling and bubbly, this wine possesses all the qualities that give a Bellini its wonderful effervescence.  The subtle tangerine flavors I tasted would compliment the peach puree well.

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Peach Bellini

4 ounces of Champagne, Prosecco or any sparkling white wine

2 ounces of peach puree

Pour the peach puree into a champagne flute and slowly add the champagne or sparkling white wine. Garnish with a peach slice.

Keep it simple with a good sparkling wine or champagne and fresh fruit and this drink will not disappoint. You certainly could substitute any fresh fruit to make this drink.

There is something about this drink that screams old school to me, but it really is a lovely, light drink for a breakfast/brunch or a simple summer cocktail to enjoy on a Sunday afternoon. With summer slowly making its way on the horizon, I can’t help but dream of delightfully refreshing drinks like a Bellini in my hand while sitting in the backyard, listening to birds chirping and neighborhood children play.