Best of the Daily Slosh 2012: Sparkling and Rosé

31 Dec
The final of my year-end review, I haven’t been thirsty much in 2012! Here I take a look at the best of bubbly time.  Don’t forget to check out my reds and whites Best of the Daily Slosh.
  1. NV Nino Franco Rustico Valdobbiadenne Prosecco – If you drink bubbly much, you probably drink prosecco from time to time, or all the time. And, if you drink prosecco, you probably have had Nino Franco – it has a cool cross-hatch symbol on the bottle. Here is a nice Nino Franco – NV Nino Franco Rustico Valdobbiadenne Prosecco (#277574 $1795). This is more substantial in flavour and mouth feel than the regular Nino Franco. Great with seafood as they suggest. It’s actually quite neat to drink sparkly with a meal and this one would be a great candidate. Brunch?
  1. NV Louis Bouillot Perle d’Aurore Brut Rosé Cremant de Bourgogne – I’ve made consistent recommendations on this wine and several very similar ones. The NV Louis Bouillot Perle d’Aurore Brut Rosé Cremant de Bourgogne (#048793 $18.95). What could be better than a rosé sparkler for $18.95 ? Well, don’t get started because there’s that small red convertible, a paid off mortgage, a less boring job, and a negative CAT scan. All that aside, this is really nice with sufficient weight to share with some light seafood or shellfish. Always time for bubbly!
  1. 2010 Famille Perrin Tavel Rosé – The other rosé is from a stalwart producer in the Rhone – the 2010 Famille Perrin Tavel Rosé (#680801 $19.95). This is a more complex, drier, more full-bodied wine than the Carte Noir. Chill it with seafood or even grilled meats. If you like red wine and haven’t tried rosé for a while, this is the one to start with. And, if you haven’t come across les fils Perrin, stay tuned.
  1. 2011 Carte Noir Les Maitres Vignerons Saint-Tropez – Enjoy the south of France with a glass of rosé and pick up a bottle of 2011 Carte Noir Les Maitres Vignerons Saint-Tropez (#319384 $14.95). I recommended this last year too. The bottle is pretty neat and gives the impression of the wine – fun. I believe that Brigitte Bardot lived in Saint-Tropez when she was, well, really hot. Maybe as un hommage to Brigitte, you could chill a bottle of this and serve with roast endangered species, carpaccio di baby seal?

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