The Ones That Got Away – Spring 2015 Sampler

2013 Ida's Selection Pinot Noir, Buena Vista, Sonoma County, California, USA; Santa Margherita Prosecco, Italy; 2012 Avant Chardonnay, Kendall Jackson, California, USA; 2013 Avant Chardonnay, Kendall Jackson, California, USA; 2013 Vintner's Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, Kendall Jackson, California, USA; 2013 Ruffino Pinot Grigio Delle Venezia, Italy; 2013 Trivento Malbec Reserva, Mendoza, Argentina.

2013 Ida’s Selection Pinot Noir, Buena Vista, Sonoma County, California, USA; Santa Margherita Prosecco, Italy; 2012 Avant Chardonnay, Kendall Jackson, California, USA; 2013 Avant Chardonnay, Kendall Jackson, California, USA; 2013 Vintner’s Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, Kendall Jackson, California, USA; 2013 Ruffino Pinot Grigio Delle Venezia, Italy; 2013 Trivento Malbec Reserva, Mendoza, Argentina.

2013 Ruffino Prosecco

We’ve got our first houseguests in the new place tonight; a special welcome to Jackie, Colin, and Brooke! Thanks for stopping over on your way home from Florida, and hope that you enjoy the visit as much as we do. Grapes are only for the adults on this trip, and we’re going to stay in white country tonight. No reds, no blushes…but whites both sparkling and flat are fair game. So keep your arms inside the vehicle at all times, people, the car is leaving the station now and headed for Italy.

2013 Ruffino Prosecco, Italy.

2013 Ruffino Prosecco, Italy.

Our first stop is the 2013 Ruffino Prosecco named above. On a hot summer night this sparkling Italian is a refreshing way to finish up a long car trip or a long day at the office. We poured in our favorite champagne flutes and chased away our thirst and our fatigue. That’s easy to do when you’re seeing good friends, and we were soon all smiles as we caught up with each others’ lives and watched the kids color their color books and our driveway. Much merriment in the new house tonight!

I found the Ruffino to be nice and crisp. It’s very even-toned, and I would definitely say you have notes of pear and apple in this sparkling wine. It’s not too sweet, and it is not too harsh. Thirsty as I was, I found the Ruffino to cleanse my palate and a nice complement to the hors d’oeuvres—the cheeses, turkey pepperoni, and fresh veggies. All three adults seemed to dig into this wine, and it was soon exhausted and time to turn our sites to the next stop—the Avanti.

Jaume Serra Cristalino Sparkling Wine

Just finishing now a refreshing glass of the Jaume Serra Cristalino Cava Brut on the patio, enjoying the sun and the company this beautiful Easter Sunday. This sparkling wine started in mimosas with brunch – light and refreshing – and now sits bubbling in a flute, throwing reflections of the Carolina sun back toward the heavens.

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It’s a soft, dry white with (obviously) floral notes, a Spanish sparkling wine crafted in the traditional method. Just today I learned that this means secondary fermentation occurs in the bottle itself. Wine & Spirits Magazine has already recognized the performance of the Jaume Serra Cristalino, so it’s no surprise if you arrive at this post more informed of its profile than I am even now.

I can say it was affordable and fared well against more expensive champagne to which I would have compared the Jaume Serra Cristalino. We had this sparkling wine with glazed ham, French Toast casserole, and scrambled eggs (with cheese!). Not your typical Sunday and the the Brut stood well in this occasion. We tend to drift more often to big reds in this house but were happy today called for something a little different.

Tosca Prosecco

Prosecco Tosca, Italy.

The Tosca made its way onto our breakfast table again this Christmas morning.  Not long after the stockings were pulled and the presents opened, we turned from the coffee to sweets, savories, and other treats to celebrate the holiday.  The table was covered with baked egg and sausage casserole, blueberry scones with a lemon drissel, a glazed creamcheese(?) coffeecake, and all sorts of fruits and berries.  Most importantly, it also included mimosas as in 2011.

The prosecco is always a welcome treat and so mild that it makes we wonder why we don’t do this more often?  Nothing like celebrating with a bit of the bubbly…

Prima Perla Prosecco

Last but not least–this one immediately following our wine-tour-by-boat around Manhattan–our band of adventurers opted for this prosecco at the Drunken Horse on 10th Avenue in New York.  On our tour we learned that the US is the second-largest consumer of wine in the world, recently outranking Italy in per capita consumption.  Only 10% of this market share is sparkling wine–and still 40% of this is consumed from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve annually.  Prosecco is a part of this trend, and the one we tasted here at the Horse definitely fit the profile–light, citrusy, and fun.

Special thanks to our friends Angela and George for joining us and treating us to a great afternoon of fun tastings.

 

Tosca Prosecco

Prosecco Tosca

While shopping for holiday wines at our local Bottle King, I had an idea that a prosecco would be a fun buy…possibly as an after dinner drink but just perhaps to jumpstart the day in a mimosa or two.  This one is from the Prosecco de Valdobbiadene region, Veneto, Italy and, according to Wine Buyer, is supposed to be “…fresh peaches and apricots with a hint of nuts and fruit on the nose, clean and refreshing.

Historically speaking, Prosecco is the name of the wine, the grape from which it is made,  and the town where the grape is believed to have originated.  The wine has a long pedigree, stretching back to the Roman Empire, and was our breakfast treat.  We did ultimately rock the mimosas, having them together with our traditional egg casserole, slices of cinnamon roll, fresh berries, and lemon scones.  Each of us poured his or her Prosecco to taste and it was a fun way to begin celebrating Christmas.