Sassy, Sexy Sparkling Wines

Dec 12, 2011 by

Sassy, Sexy Sparkling Wines

“I’m drinking stars!”
Dom Perignon on drinking Champagne, waaay back in the day… 

I LOVE bubbly. I am partial to expensive French bubbly, but there are some really good and affordable non-French sparkling wines that can light up my taste buds (and yours, too!). The sparkling wines listed below are perfect for your holiday celebrations and many are surprisingly affordable!

Try serving sparkling wines with any seafood dish (caviar  and Sushi are two of my personal faves!), salads, brunch fare or, just enjoy it on its own! Cheers!

Five Stars
Panel Favorite!
Iron Horse
2006 Russian Cuvée Russian River Valley $38
OMG! What a fantastic sparkling wine! Spicy aromas of cinnamon toast, clove, allspice, toasted almond, citrus peel and a dab of butter delight the nose and continue as flavors in the luscious, effervescent mouth.

Five Stars
Barefoot
NV Brut Cuvée $10.99
This wine is Charlize Theron, biting into a ripe, juicy Pippin apple. The juice dribbles down the side of her face. You reach out a finger to wipe it off, then…
Anyway…this wine is delicious! It’s zippy, zesty and fruity and only $10.99!

Five Stars
Iron Horse
2006 Brut X Russian River Valley $50
Aloha! Aromas of tropical fruits and flowers are enhanced by yeasty, toasty notes. The mouth is crisp and clean, yet rich. This is the perfect bubbly to drink on a beach with your favorite pool boy.

Five Stars
Freixenet
Elyssia Gran Cuvée Cava Spain $18
This refreshing Spanish sparkler is spicy, racy and complex. It’s loaded with aromas and flavors of cinnamon, allspice and green herbs. Picture Antonio Banderas, lounging in the herb garden, wearing nothing but a cinnamon-dusted matador’s cape and you’ll be with me on my happy little Wine Wench planet.

Five Stars
Iron Horse
2003 Brut LD, Russian River Valley $68
Sassy, zesty and totally enjoyable! Aromas and flavors of lime peel, savory green herbs, green apple and buttered bread abound, all lovingly presented in an effervescent mouthfeel. This wine is Katy Perry, wearing a skin-tight green satin gown, belting out “I Kissed A Girl and I Liked It.”

Four Stars
Segura Viudas
Brut Reserva Cava Spain $10
Sassy Spanish sparkler! Try saying that one five times, fast. Grin.
This wine is crisp, complex and well balanced, loaded with aromas and flavors of green apple, tropical fruit and tropical fruit, all wrapped up in a vibrant, juicy mouth.

Four Stars
Segura Viudas
Reserva Heredad Cava Spain $25
¡Que delicioso! In other words, yum! Another stellar Spanish sparkler from Segura Viudas! This wine abounds with aromas and flavors of citrus peel, green herbs, green apple and mineral notes. And the bottle is really cool, too.

 

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