Archive for the ‘Sparkling Wines’ Category

Wine fit for a president and a King - celebrating MLK, Obama and America

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Like many Americans, I spent some time today pondering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s achievements, how happy I am to be an American and to see perhaps part of the deferred dream come to life.

Like many of you, I will be celebrating the inauguration of our 44th president and, since this a wine blog,  I thought I’d write today’s post about what wines may be appropriate for the occasion.  After all, we are about to have a president who is a connoisseur of good food and wine.   The Obamas’ 6000 sq-ft home in Hyde Park (Chicago, IL) has mahogany bookcases, four fireplaces and an impressive 1,000 bottle wine cellar in the basement.

While it may be impossible to get your hands on Michigan’s L. Mawby’s sparkling “Obama” wine at this point, there are several American sparkling wines to choose from that are just right for the occasion.

Some American sparkling wine recommendations are as follows (prices are approximate):

Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs 2005 ($34)

Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut ($18)

Iron Horse Wedding Cuvee 2005 ($32)

Domaine Chandon Brut Classic ($18)

Mumm Napa Brut Prestige ($17)

Sparkling wines are not just for NYE anymore…

Friday, January 16th, 2009

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Veuve Clicquot

I simply cannot get over how many choices there are for GREAT bubbly.  From the most expensive, highly rated sparkling wines with famous names - such as Cristal, Veuve Clicquot, Krug and Dom to the less expensive, wonderful bubblies such as Pommery, Prie, Cristalino, Segura and Freixenet.

All of these wines are simply spectacular.  Some of the best deals are to be found in Spanish Cavas - but it’s important to experience different varietals and nationalities of sparkling wine.

Do yourself a favor and grab a glass. Here’s your starter list (prices approximate):

Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2000 ($550)

Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Rose 1998 ($300)

Krug Vintage Brut 1995 ($290)

Dom Perignon 2000 ($160)

Pommery Brut Royal ($60)

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Krug

Philippe Prie Champagne ($46)

Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut ($24)

Zardetto Prosecco ($16)

Freixenet Sparkling Cordon Negro Brut ($11)

Segura Viudas Aria Brut ($10)

Cristalino Brut Cava ($8)