Tuesday, February 7, 2006

Banfi Rosa Regale, Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, Piedmont, Italy

Banfi Rosa Regale

A sweet red aromatic Sparkling from Italy. A perfect Sparkler for Valentine's Day!

Technical Data: 100% Brachetto d’Acqui grape which grows in Piedmont region.

Description: Light ruby red color with fine bubbles. Lively rose petal and fresh berry on the nose. Soft and elegant entrance on the palate, sweet red wine focused on strawberry, raspberry and rose petal. Long lasting soft and charming finish.

Food Pairing & Service: Ideally suited with desserts and specially with fresh berries and chocolate. It may also make a surprising Aperitif Sparkler.

Score: 9/10

Suggested Retail Price: $18.99

Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut NV, Sonoma Valley, USA

Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut

An elegant Sparkling Brut NV from Sonoma Valley, a very good value!

Technical Data: 87% Pinot Noir, 13% Chardonnay. Hand harvested. The cuvee is a blend of 20 different base wines fermented in stainless steel tanks. Made from the Methode Champenoise.

Description: Pale straw hue with lively bubbles. On the nose green apple mingled with herbaceous notes. Full bodied and elegant on the mouth, this crisp and refreshing Sparkling is focused on citrusy flavors laced with green apple and toast. Creamy long lasting finish.

Food Pairing & Service: As a full bodied Brut this sparkling will pair with a wide range of food from Aperitif to an entire meal. Serve chilled but not icy!

Score: 8/10

Suggested Retail Price: $18.99