Champagne, the wine of Kings
Mothers day at our house was started with mimosas. This fun light drink
is traditionally made with sparkling wine and orange juice. Some folks
in my family like to add a splash of grenadine to sweeten it up and
give it color.
Sparkling wines come in several varieties from the classic champagnes
of France to Prosecco from Italy, to California sparkling wine. In
Spain, sparkling wine is called cava. I enjoy prosecco for my mimosas
because it is a lighter style and is slightly lower in alcohol.
With graduations and weddings just around the corner, sparkling wines
are an important ingredient of these two occasions. But, it is
important to remember that sparkling wines are not just for
celebrating, they are also a great accompaniment with meals. Next time
you are having a salad for lunch or dinner, try a sparkling wine. I
especially like sparkling wine with seafood dishes. If you are an
oyster lover, sparkling wine is a must.
There are different styles of sparkling wines. The driest of them all
is called extra brut. This is the most popular because there is no
dosage added and pairs well with most foods. Next is called brut, then
extra-dry. Opposite to what it says, extra dry is less dry than a brut,
with a slight amount of dosage added. Dosage is the amount of sugar
added after the second fermentation and the amount added will dictate
the sweetness of the finished product. A fairly new style that has
emerged in recent years is a sparking wine with an addition of the
moscato grape. This style is fun to drink, especially in the hot summer
Be sure to check out the following tastings coming up in June. Several
of the wines from the Wine Trail will be pouring their wines, and some
local restaurants will also be serving some of their great dishes.
. Sunday June 5
. Saturday June 11
. Sunday June 12
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last month's "Let's Talk Wine" article by Eric
Ventura Wine Bars
County Wine Trail
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