I don't usually do a lot of reviews on champagne, or sparkling wine as it's known from countries other than France, but we had the Jaume Serra Cristalino at a recent milestone birthday party, yours truly, and I just had to jot a few lines about it. We ended up buying a case of this for the party and only had one bottle left by the end of the night. We had purchased equal amounts of red and white wine and this sparkling one was the favorite of all who attended. Light yellow color this wine is very lively when first poured. Make sure you use an appropriate stem to allow it to fully open up and to get the best flavor this wine has to offer. On the nose I picked up a slight amount of yeast with green apple and tangerine. On the palate more fruit, the green apple made another appearance, along with a slight hint of lime and possibly passion fruit. Not as dry as other sparkling wine's I've had, that's a good thing in this case, and a finish that is nice but doesn't linger. We had this with a variety of heavy finger foods and by itself as the night wore own. An informal canvas of this wine had it rated at 4 Corkscrews which I easily concur with. It retails for about $7.00 a bottle so definitely won't break the bank. Pick this one up for your next party or whenever you just want to enjoy a nice glass of cham, I mean, sparkling wine! Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Enjoy Life, Drink Wine and a little Champagne every once in awhile.
Celebration of two great report cards by my 6 and 8 year-olds, both who had straight A+'s. Okay my 6 year old actually had all +'s but we treat them as A's in comparison with his sister. Of course a celebration calls for champagne and the Cook's Brut Champagne has been our champagne of choice for sixteen years? or so. In fact it was served at me and #1's wedding many moons ago. Way back then you could get it for $3.99/bottle but even now I was able to pick this one up for $5.99/bottle. I know many of you wine/champagne snobs will claim I don't know what I'm talking about but let me say that I've had Dom on more than one occasion and would still take this over the $100+ bottle any day. After the champagne and Sprite was poured we all toasted the great job accomplished by our two little ones and followed it up with strawberries and whipped cream. I easily gave this one 4 Corkscrews because you cannot beat its taste and flavor and price wise nothing can compete with it. I'm traveling next week and hope to find wines not available here in Arkansas to try and to bring back. As I'll be in family travel mode my posting may be limited, if at all, but upon my return I'll give full reviews on all the many wines I intend on finding and trying while in the Lonestar State. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!
Well, it was an action-packed weekend to say the least. We started out with an impromptu happy hour with the next door neighbors, Jim and Charlotte, that stretched out til 11:30 p.m. We started with a great bottle of 2004 Seghesio Barbera, originally retailed at $17.99 but I got it from T's place for $9.99, full of berry flavors and just the right amount of tannin, and followed that up with two bottles of 2003 Quail Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, originally priced at $15.99 but I got a great deal on this at $5.99 a bottle. I ended up buying a case because it was such a good deal. Nice fruit, spicy oak with this one and a little tanin finish that everyone agreed was very tasty (a fancy wine term). Saturday was just a lazy day with the kids, hanging out, watching a little t.v., then out to Alltel Arena to see the Arkansas RimRockers play the Sioux Falls Sky something or another in an NBA development league game. It was quite the snoozer with the old RimRockers (yes, that's really their name), losing their 14th in a row. We topped the night off at home, after the kids snuggled in for a long winters night, with a nice bottle of Cooks Brut champagne. Paid a full retail of $5.99 but at that price it's great for a no special occasion sip. I recommend everything we tasted on Friday and Saturday especially if you can find it at close to the prices I paid. Remember, Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often!