Calling All Bubble Lovers! (Quality and Won’t Break the Bank)!

Oh, the joy of bubbles brightens everyone’s day, especially a delicious Cava from Spain! 

I received samples of the Freixenet (“fresh-eh-net”) Cordon Negro Brut a.k.a. “the black bottle bubbly” from their PR agency a few weeks ago and my oh my, I was not surprised to taste the most elegant (inside and out) sparkling wine that I have tried thus far in my wine journey; it’s the world’s #1 imported sparkling wine, to say the least (screw top included!).

When I was getting ready to pour a glass, I had to find the chicest glass I had available to keep up with the quality of this Cava. This champagne coup did the trick!

Sipping this sparkling Cava could be considered an art in itself as the pungent bubbles, crisp style, and sleek black bottle are a masterpiece. Very much a show-stopper at any party.  Did I mention a great pairing and aperitif  with raw almonds?

A nice blend of Cavaare Macabeo (35%), Xarel-lo (25%) and Parellada (40%) was crisp with tastes of pear, apple, and citrus yet a tinge of smoky flavor came out of the bottle for me.  A dry sparkling (not too overbearing) and fluttery in the mouth could be considered a good middle-man between a prosecco and a champagne.

And of course, it’s all about the bubbles, you can actually feel the bubbles run down your esophagus and brighten up your whole body.  The best part is, the bubbles never die.  I was sipping on this and taking in all of its flavors for over 20 minutes and it still had just as many bubbles when poured (maybe a hint less, but still!).  One word – QUALITY. Case and point, it feels good all around drinking this Cava and I’m hoping it’s at your ‘End of Summer Soiree’ or at an event outside in your cocktail dress or suit (skinny tie included).

Can be found in the majority of wines stores and numerous restaurants around NYC!  Retails for around $10.95.

Also, want some fun cocktails using this delicious Cava?  {here}

Salud!

#WW – A Bottle of Elegance Turned Vase with @seguraviudasusa

I feel like I keep repeating myself, but I will absolutely say it again, I always love a good story relating to a wine that we pull out of our wine fridge.  I not only consider our fridge a storage for wine, but also a true library of our life read through the bottles we have collected and/or have been gifted.  It’s such a beautiful thing going through our ‘library’ deciding which wine to drink and clinking glasses to it’s memory.  I find I am so attached to some of the bottles that even after we drink them, it’s hard for me to let them go (yes we have a small wall full of our favorite empty bottles).  So for this week’s Winepug Wednesday, I am proud to say that I have found a great use to this special bottle that we popped open two Sunday’s ago sipping to the sunset on the rooftop.

We received this exquisite bottle of Spanish Cava – Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad {here} for our engagement celebration from our dear dear friends.  Just like the outside, the inside is filled with an elegantly textured sparkling wine with smokey hints and ripe fruit.  A very dry yet full bodied and tough wine showing true quality. Definitely can make a statement when paired with a salmon, lobster dish or a seafood pasta.  

Now, this is a bottle I’m sure we would all agree would be extremely hard to throw away not only because of it’s crest and outer detail but because it was a thoughtful gift and represents such an important time in our lives!  All this bottle needed was a little hot water and soap and voilà! a beautiful ‘vintage’ looking spanish vase for the bedroom that can hold any sort of simple white flower signifying perfection! This bottle will follow me forever – Thank you JL&DM!

Do you have any special bottles that you love and will keep around for a while?  Do tell!

Lobster Rolls and Champagne

As Lord Byron {here} once said… “A woman should never be seen eating or drinking, unless it be lobster salad and Champagne..”  I did just that a few Sunday’s ago however, a little less elegantly as I am sure Lord Byron had imagined.  I felt as though I stepped outside of NYC and into my most comfy-est of comfort zones, a New England vibe at – Luke’s Lobster {here} – the infamous lobster ‘shack’ in the East Village (93 E. 7th st.).  We grabbed a few lobster rolls to go and sipped and ate our rolls in bliss.

 It was truly a day of firsts!  First time to Luke’s and first time trying Hosmer Sparkling Wine {here} from upstate NY in the Finger Lakes. So how was pairing these two firsts together? Lord Byron was right on point, as to my surprise this pairing actually tasted so exquisite and lovely that I was craving another lobster roll and more Hosmer!   

 The vibrant bubbles, honey, pear and apple notes went so well with the lobster meat, livened up the seasoning on the lobster roll a bit and the brut (dry) champagne/sparkling was delicate enough not overpower Luke’s delicious Lobster Roll.   A true New England dish that I will be replicating this summer in… New England!

 What other Sparkling wines would you pair with a Lobster Roll?

Sunday Sips and Mean Irene!

Well looks like we are all safe and Mean Irene has passed!  So, what do we do with all of the leftover stock in the fridge!?  A Sunday Funday is in order!  We thought it would be fun to get a few $12 and under bottles of sparkling wines to try in case we should be stuck inside all day without power.  Of course, thankfully that isn’t the case so a reason to taste them – Sunday Funday!  

Here are a few tasted, are loved, and under $12!  Of course I had to add in a ‘Go To’ favorite just for comfort in case Irene got really out of hand… Enjoy and hope everyone is safe and well for those along the East Coast who haven’t been hit yet.

Giovello Italy Cuvee Rose Spumante

I loved the bottle and logo and was craving a sparkling rose and this jumped right out at me. Only $12 this wine totally blew me away with it’s refreshing taste, lively bubbles and its vibrantly dry yet ripened fruity taste!  A beautiful color and great to serve as an apéritif with a bit of cheese and almonds.  

Voveti Prosecco NV

This was another great $12 bottle for it’s taste!  The Italian Prosecco was very fruity and had these tiny bubbles that lasted all the way through to the finish.  A green apple taste with hints of ripe peach made us forget about any sort of hurricane coming!  A incredible length for a Prosecco and price!  

Mionetto Prosecco Brut NV

Another great Prosecco, one which could be considered my ‘go to’ and great for mimosas is the Mionetto.  It also has tiny long lasting bubbles and has a lovely tart, green apple taste.  Full of citrus and a bit dry this tastes very close to a champagne but you mustn’t let it sit in your glass for too long as the bubbles start to fade.  A GREAT Prosecco for a brunch party especially if you are serving mimosas for lots of people because it’s only $10!

Vyne & Lure Fishbar

This weekend we went to Vyne Wine Bar in Greenwich Village for a pre-dinner drink before heading over to Lure Fishbar.  We got there around 830pm and it was really quiet.  They had a nice fire going with leather couches and a long stone table for people to sit at – key to a great wine bar for tastings.  I liked the inside however, I learn towards more of an old wood, exposed red brick, more authentic Italian feel to a wine bar.  This was a bit more modern but definitely a good spot to share a bottle of wine with close friends to really dig in and catch up since it was a bit on the quieter side.

We were in the mood for a little bubbly so split a bottle of 2010 La Spinetta Moscato d’Asti Bricco Quaglia three ways which was delicious.  It was very sweet so make sure you are in the mood for a fruity sparkling wine.  It was a light – medium bodied sparkling white wine with lots of acidity, dry and very peachy with a hint of green pear flavor.  It was a reasonably priced bottle for about $48.  This would actually go great with an outside Spring/Summer brunch or complement a nice dessert.. like the ice cream sandwiches we had at Lure!

We headed over to Lure Fishbar and had the most amazing time.  The interior is reminiscent of a gorgeous cruise ship – love the nautical theme they have going on.  The food was delicious (Recommend: Lobster Roll, Rock Shrimp risotto, Lobster croutons – app).  Their wine list offers over 250 bottles starting around $40 – over $100.  At Happy Hour (5pm – 7pm) they offer featured wines (white, red, rose) by the glass for $6! So I would definitely go back to see what the happy hour is like but the bar scene is very cool and of course the dinner with it’s extensive wine list is also amazing.  Check out the dessert too, next time I would like to try some of their ports and maybe if I am daring enough, their Grappa!!!!

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