|Seguras Viduas NV Brut Reserva Cava, Spain
We did a doubletake on the price! What an incredible value for the money. Bold carbonation with fine bubbles creates an explosion in your mouth. Lime zest, lemon meringue, spicy, with hints of flan fill the palate. The sparkling wine is very zesty and refreshing, able to create its own celebration. Great to keep on hand for impromtu toasts and at $6.99 a bottle, you can easily afford two.
Top 10 Sparkling - October 2010
Tasted 9/21/2010 - BF $8
|Freixenet NV Cordon Negro, Cava, Spain (#56 at WWW)
This has been one of our reliable favorites for its value and quality. A lovely golden color and tiny bubbles that cling to the glass, lead to zesty carbonation. Flavors of apples, lemon zest, and honeycomb fill the spaces between the bubbles. Its ornate packaging makes it worth having on hand. Makes a great hostess gift.
Top 10 Spanish Whites
Tasted 9/21/2010 - BF $10
|McGuigan NV Black Label Sparkling Shiraz, Australia
The wine creates a celebration all on its own. Distinct black raspberry flavors share the stage with notes of cinnamon, balsamic reduction, clove, and black plum. The wine is plump and ripe, yet zesty and refreshing. Its spicy finish will make you do a doubletake.
Top 10 Red Sparkling Wines
Tasted 9/21/2010 - BF $12
|Aveledva 2009 Vinho Verde, Portugal (#13 at WWW)
We have always been a fan of Vinho Verde and this version is classically fizzy, fun, fruity, and fabulous. This slightly effervescent white is like biting into a fresh, chilled, uber ripe peach. There is a touch of mineral on the mid-palate and finish. Incredibily refreshing!
Top 10 Sparkling
Tasted 10/21/2010 - BF $10
|Ricossa NV Moscato DOCG, Piemonte, Italy
This is a heady, beguiling treat. It has a perfume-like aroma of stone fruits and honeysuckle. The soft carbonation complements the ample ripeness, while it imparts a slight mineral zip. Flavors of peaches, nectarine, pineapple, and honey create a vibrant sensation, leading to a long, lingering impression after the wine has been consumed.
Top 10 Sparkling
Tasted 10/21/2010 - BF $14