Ameztoi ‘Rubentis’ Getariako Txakolina Rosado 2013


Snappy and fun, this is a wonderfully food friendly Rosé. With its modest alcohol content it will vanish before you realize it.

Estate: The Ameztoi family has been making wines in the Basque region of northern Spain for 7 generations. The vineyards are located near the ocean in the town of Getaria. They are known for crafting wines with exuberant character that are the “most representative and classic txakoli”. Their Rosé is produced in limited amounts and has gained a cult following in New York City and the California Bay area.

Winemaking: White Hondarrabi Zuri grapes are fermented and then blended with the red Hondarrabi Beltza grapes.

Tasting Notes: Rose pink in color with aromas of wild strawberry and clean minerals. Fresh strawberry and raspberry notes ran atop a racing undercurrent of bright acidity in the slightly effervescent body, whilst the snappy finish displayed an edge of clean minerals along with flashes of tart green apple.

50% Hondarrabi Zuri, 50% Hondarrabi Beltza
Getariako Txakolina
Bottled by Amesguren S,L.
11.5% Alcohol
$24 [average price]
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Vigneto Saetti Lambrusco Salamino di Santa Croce Rosso Viola 2012


Lively and charming this is an easygoing sparkler fantastic with simple dishes and lovely for sipping on its own.

Estate: Founded in 1998 by Luciano Saetti, the Vignetti Saetti Winery is comprised of 2.8 contiguous hectares located in the Santa Croce appellation of the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. The Saetti family has been growing grapes for many generations, and practice traditional viticulture, without the use of any chemicals.

Philosophy: Crafting wine that is “capable of unleashing fragrances and flavors that evoke the time-honored traditions and display sincere flavor”.

Winemaking: The vineyards were planted in 1964, and “every effort has been made to not upset the natural organic harmony of the
vineyard”. The vineyards are farmed using organic methods without the use of any chemicals, only native yeasts are used during fermentation, and sulphur is not added.

Tasting Notes: Dark ruby red in colour with aromas of black cherry and rain-washed slate. Black cherry, grape and herbaceous notes culminated in a fizzy, clean mineral finish.

Pairing: Cured Italian meats and cheeses [from the winery].

100% Lambrusco Salamino
Santa Croce / Emilia-Romagna
12% Alcohol
$19 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2015

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Bocelli Prosecco Extra Dry NV


Following my husband’s Bar Association swearing in ceremony yesterday, we headed to one of our favourite restaurants for a late lunch and celebratory drinks. I selected Bocelli Prosecco from the sparkling list as Prosecco is my favorite budget friendly alternative to champagne.

As well as being famous for their music, the Bocelli’s are a 3rd generation wine producing family. Established in 1730 by Bartolomeo Bocelli, the Bocelli family has been crafting wines on their small estate in Tuscany. In 2011 they collaborated with the Trevisiol family, who operate the longest, continuously family-run estate in Valdobbiadene to produce their Prosecco. All Bocelli wines are farmed from chemical and pesticide free vineyards that are dry farmed and hand-harvested.

An extra dry, refined sparkler with tart granny smith apple, citrus blossom and honey flavours, finishing with crisp bubbles and stone minerals. Light and bright, this is a perky bubbly fantastic for sipping on its own or with a wide variety of dishes. [It was great with vegetable tempura, fries and curry remoulade.]

100% Prosecco/Glera
Valdobbiadene, Veneto
Bottled by TV10260 for Bocelli Wine SRL
12% Alcohol
$14 [average price]
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Secco Italian Bubbles Bianco 2012

After enjoying the 2011 vintage during last spring, I was enthusiastic to pop open Secco Italian Bubbles Bianco 2012. Secco Italian Bubbles is the brainchild of renowned pioneer winemaker Charles Smith and the Casa sisters of Italy. In 2010 the laws overseeing Prosecco production in Italy changed, allowing for greater winemaker freedom. Looking to “champion both the noble varieties and the growers of Chardonnay”, the Casa sisters created a new category of sparkling wine that is “grower-driven, vintage-dated”. The grapes for the 2012 vintage were sourced from vineyards located in the northern Piave Valley of Veneto. I was rather intrigued to see the differences between the two vintages.

Pale yellow with greenish tints with aromas of golden apples and minerals. Apple, melon and fresh baked bread and honey notes comprised the fizzy body, whilst minerals and hints of lemon zest invigorated the crisp finish. Cheerful and friendly, this is a fun, versatile bubbly great on its own or with light dishes.

77% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Bianco, 8% Raboso Piave
Produced & Bottled by Viticoltori Ponte SRL
11.5% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2014

Henkell Trocken Dry-Sec NV

With a motto of “Sparkling since 1856”, Henkell & Co. are the producers of Germany’s best known sparkling Trocken. Adam Henkell founded a wine merchant business in Mainz in 1832 and laid the foundations for the current company. It was his grandson Otto Henkell who “achieved a breakthrough” with the creation of Henkell Trocken in 1856.

Pale straw in colour with faint aromas of tropical fruits. Granny smith apple joined citrus zest and hints of honey in the fizzy body, culminating in a refreshing, dry mineral finish. A pleasant balance of sweet and dry, this is a fantastic value and a crowd pleasing, bring anywhere bubbly.

Winemaker’s blend of predominately Chardonnay, along with Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Blanc de Noir
Bottled & shipped by Henkell & Co.
11.5% Alcohol
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