JMabey

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In Spirits on August 10, 2009 at 10:32 am

Spirit Suggestions

In the past three weeks, I’ve experienced more than a few dismal wines.  Most were not of my own choosing, but rather what was available at that social event or dining establishment.  Keeping that in mind, I’d like to make two recommendations for summer drinking that are light, refreshing and are under $15:

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Yellow Tail Pinot Grigio 2008 (Australia, $13.99 @ NBLS)

A light wine with flavoured with citrus fruit, apples and a hint of pineapple.  Very little acidity and pleasing to both novice wine drinkers and those with a refined palate looking for a cool, refreshing summer wine.

 

 
codorniu_brut_clasicoCodorniu Brut Clasico (Spain, $13.99 @ NBLS)

This sparking wine is made with the traditional three cava grapes.  It is listed as “dry” but has very little aftertaste compared with other brut varieties.  Very tasty on its own, but also enjoyable as a sparking wine cocktail; try it in a mimosa or kir royale.

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  1. Ok, you know I’m always fearful of Yellow Tail but I will give it a try if you think it’s good 🙂 You should check out the Fairview Estates wines. They have some excellent summer whites!

  2. I _just_ heard about Codorniu today from my physiotherapist!! Really! No kidding. amazing. He highly recommended it as a ‘petit champagne’. So now I definitely need to find it!

  3. Just had Codorniu last night… delicious! And a great price… euro 7.49! Was a great flavour and they have some other vintages that we will try. Amazing that this was just at the regular grocery store.

    For when you visit us, we also have some great Belgian bubbles in our cellar… from Vignoble des Agaises, called Cuvee Seigneur Rufus (http://www.vignobledesagaises.be/). It’s an great sparkling wine made from Chardonnay … nice tight bubbles, very fresh, and easy to drink.

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