Well, it didn’t take me long to find a beautiful, sophisticated gift for an engagement party I’m attending this evening…
This champagne/sparkling wine imported from Italy by Monsieur Touton Selection, Ltd in NYC, is nothing short on looks!
But alas, we must try the wine in order to properly judge this “book by the cover”, right?
Not only is it a charming package; dry, sparkling wine with a gorgeous, wrap-around label, suited for engagement parties or romantic picnics anytime, but the flavors really shine for such an incredible price! I bought both the big and small sizes…I mean, who can resist a cute, little bottle of sparkling wine for one?
So, what exactly does it taste like? Well for one, it’s a spumante, which is an Italian, dry, sparkling white wine. And lest you get it mixed up with Prosecco, The Drinks Business has this to say, “Prosecco is nothing more than a Spumante made using the Charmat or Marinotti, as it also known in Italy, method, and like Prosecco there are plenty of other Spumanti being made in Italy and beyond, from north to south, made with different grapes, Prosecco is made with Glera, that are actually more versatile and better suited for food than Prosecco. Despite that, despite Prosecco being just a Spumante, everyone loves Prosecco but hates Spumante, the word Spumante is associated with the sweet Asti Spumante that flooded the market a couple of decades ago.”
Now, for the technical notes courtesy of Monsieur Touton:
CHARACTERISTICS: EXTRA DRY WHITE SPARKLING WINE.
VINEYARDS: WHITE GRAPES.
VINIFICATION: THE GRAPES, PICKED MANUALLY, ARE IMMEDIATELY PRESSED AND THEIR MUST, FILTERED AND REFRIGERATED, IS FERMENTED TO GET THE BASIC WINE FOR THE FOLLOWING SPARKLING PROCESS.
SPARKLING PROCESS: THE SPARKLING PROCESS IS CARRIED OUT BY USING THE TTCHARMATTT LONG METHOD.
APPEARANCE: LIGHT STRAW YELLOW COLOUR.
PERLAGE: FINE AND PERSISTENT.
BOUQUET: INTENSE, FINE AND FRUITY.
FLAVOUR: FRESH, PLEASANT AND PERSISTENT.
BEST SERVED WITH: EXCELLENT AS APERITIF, STARTERS, MAIN COURSES, CHEESE AND SEAFOOD.
SERVING TEMP.: 6 – 8 DEGREES.
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 11,5 % VOL.
So, what is my take? Well, I go giddy for anything sparkling (or almost anything), so the clean and dry flavor ended up being a crisp, refreshing choice for this warm evening’s party. And yes, I bought 2 large bottles and 4 small bottles so I could try it ahead of time myself. Not all at once of course. 🙂