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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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Top 10 Bubbles

      Prosecco Lamarca NV, Conegliano-Valdobbiadene, Italy
With the escalating price of real Champagne, it is wonderful to find top quality alternatives, like this one, well under the $20 price. A solid honey base is splashed with rich fruit flavors. Tastes of apple peel, apricots, yellow plum, and tangerine are layered, playing off the creamy texture. Spicy tones of white pepper and fresh sliced ginger root are reflected in the lively bubbles. Plenty of pazzaz for the price.
Top Sparkling Wines Under $20
Tasted 5/11/2010 - BF $15


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      Lindauer Brut NV, New Zealand
This blend of chardonnay and pinot has a delightful complexity with singing acidity. A bright mouthfeel is overcome by flavors of apples, ginger, lime zest, and sour cherries. Creaminess developes on the tongue as the acidity declines. A touch of yeastiness with a touch of honey and grapefruit grows on the finish. Palate cleansing dryness is complemented by ripe fruit flavors.
Top Sparkling Wines Under $20
Tasted 3/5/2010 - BF $12


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      Cara Mia NV IGT Spumante, Italy
A bubbly blend of pinot bianco and prosecco grapes. Aromas of honeysuckle, gingersnaps and fresh baked biscuits escape the glass, disguised as snapping carbonation. A rich canvas of green apples, pineapple, and tangerine marry with refreshing citrus acidity. Yeasty tones sweep the mouth on the finish, with a dash of cardomom and ground ginger. Cara Mia means 'my love' in Italian. A great bottle to bring home on a whim.
Top Sparkling Wines Under $20
Tasted 3/5/2010 - BF $12


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      Domaine Ste Michelle NV Blancs de Blanc, Columbia Valley, Washington
Bright and zesty, this delightful sparkling wine is a great value for the money. A touch of yeastiness and white flowers shows on the nose. Fine mousse leads to flavors of lime, ginger, pineapple, and poached pear. The acidity is bracing, but the ripeness balances the mouthwatering sensations. Golden clarity creates a celebratory hue.
Top Sparkling Wines Under $20
Tasted 4/20/2010 - BF $12


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      Peterlogo NV Bianco Brut, Brasil
Love the creamy nose on this little sparkling number. Golden color exudes flavors of poached pear, toasted yeasty tones, and freshly grated ginger root. Tastes of flan and caramel hint at some old oak barrels, while the finish has a lively flinty snap. Create a Latin theme and pop this cork for dramatic effect.
Top Sparkling Wines Under $20
Tasted 3/1/2010 - BF $13


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      Il Carlino Sacchetto NV Prosecco, Italy
Tiny bubbles race through the golden liquid, escaping into the white mousse. The wine has a soft mouthfeel, showing flavors of honey, green apple, and chamomile flowers. Fresh grated ginger root fills the mouth on the mid-palate and finish. The wine has a delicate, smooth texture for a sparkling wine.
Top Sparkling Wines Under $20
Tasted 3/1/2010 - BF $14


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      Mionetto NV Organic Prosecco Conegliano-Valdobbiadene
A fine mousse tops a pale golden color. The scents remind one of peach blossoms and cardomom bread. The sparkling wine has ample exotic fruit flavors. Prominent persimon and wedding cake flavors lavish the tongue. Its acidity is bright with tones of kiwi and starfruit. There is a rich, toasty, creamy sensation on the finish, rounding out the experience. The word special came to mind when I sampled this delightful bubbly.
Top Sparkling Wines Under $20
Tasted 3/1/2010 - BF $15


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      Gran Gesta NV Brut Reserva Cava, Penedes, Spain
Champagne processes are used to make this little sparkler. It is bright, fresh, and perfect for celebrations. Yeasty aromas, like those from a bakery, escape the glass as the tiny bubbles burst. In the mouth, flavors of apples, pear, peach, and mineral tickle the tongue with a carbonated revelry. The finish offers a hint of honey. This is a great bottle to keep on hand. The label is regal looking and the wine is impressive for the money. Let them think you broke the bank.
Top Sparkling Wines Under $20
Tasted 4/30/2010 - BF $15


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      Zonin Prosecco, Italy
A tight, fine mousse atop a bright golden yellow. Lovely aromas of white flowers show on the nose. Rich in the mouth with a toasted, creamy character. Peaches, lemondrop, flinty tones, with a balanced acidity. Delightful and very refreshing.
Top Sparkling Wines Under $20
Tasted 4/30/2010 - BF $12


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      Ricossa NV Moscato d'Asti, Italy
This easy drinking frizzante is only 5.5% alcohol, which makes it a very quaffable white. Earthy scents and honeysuckle escape from the glass, bursting into the air in the form of carbonation. Ultra ripe peach fills the mouth, the kind that drip juice off of the bottom of your chin. Savory tones of dried apricot and orange zest show a slightly spice edge on the finish.
Top Sparkling Wines Under $20
Tasted 4/30/2010 - BF $12


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      Hill of Content NV Sparkling Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon, Padthaway, Australia
A fifty percent shiraz, fifty percent cabernet sauvignon blend. A spicy treat that will disappear at a party. Keep an eye on it, because it is sure to turn up empty very quickly. An explosion of plum, basamic reduction, black raspberry, mocha, and Ceylon cinnamon flavors. Allow this one to warm up a little bit to enjoy the aurora of its complexity.
Top Sparkling Wines Under $20
Tasted 4/30/2010 - $19
Wilburs Total Beverage carries this wine.
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      Segura Viudas NV Brut Reserva Cava, Penedes, Spain
Bubbly fun at an unbelievable price. Bright, complex, with creamy tones that complement its petrol, mineral snap. Flavors of ginger spice and golden delicious apples are backed by toast and honey undertones. The honey lingers in the mouth after the bubbly is gone. Zesty little sparkler, perfect for gifts, celebrations, and mimosas.
Top Sparkling Wines Under $20
Tasted 3/3/2009 - BF $10

Wilburs Total Beverage, Reserve List Denver, Meridian Wine & Spirits, and Heritage Wine and Liquor carry this wine.
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