Wine Tasting 12/15

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by HVINE ADMIN on December 10, 2009

The Sparkling Wine Series : Part 2 of 2  

We like bubbles so much we’re doing it twice. For those of you who didn’t get to make it out last week, this is your chance to be fabulous! Impress your friends on New Year’s Eve with how well versed you are regarding the extraordinary world of sparkling wines. Define the difference  between “Extra Dry” and “Brut.”Stick your nose up and give one of those haughty puffs before correcting that guy from your office who says he’s “a wine expert” about the proper use of the term Champagne. It’s fun…almost as much fun as it is to drink. For those of you who did come to last week’s tasting (thanks for your continued support) we’ll show you five more completely different sparkling wines from five completely different places. We’ll start with two wines from regions the average consumer should be well acquainted with, Spanish Cava and Italian Prosecco. These two individual wines are notoriously confused with Champagne by the average consumer. It’s quite a complement although these sparklers are generally intended for casual drinking and all of those fun mixed beverages like Mimosas and Bellinis. You can save money on peach puree and OJ because Nino Franco’s Rustico is a fixture on any self-respecting wine list for the category and great all by itself. The roots of the Juve y Camps winery can be traced back over 200 years and truly represents  some of the most exquisite sparkling wines in the region. Pinot Noir is a popular chap these days. Did you know your favorite grape is also made into awesome sparkling wines? Lucien Albrecht’s Cremant d’ Alsace Rose may just be the best value in the world for a pink sparkler based on Pinot Noir. Speaking of Pinot Noir, Argyle has been producing many of Oregon’s top Pinots for years. They also make a tiny amount of vintage bubbly that is a dead ringer for Champagne! See what all the fuss is about. The grand finale concludes as it should with the “Real McCoy” of Champagne, Louis Roederer. This is pound for pound the best non-vintage Brut in the marketplace.          



Tuesday December 15th, 2009

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings


Nino Franco “Rustico” Prosecco Brut NV Valdobbiadene, Italy

Chalky, mineral notes emerge from Franco’s NV Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Rustico. This focused, taut Prosecco reveals notable character in its vibrant,

energetic fruit with wonderful purity and balance. Robert Parker 89 points

BTG $7.00                          Retail $18.99


Juve y Camps “Reserve de la Familia” Cava Brut 2005 Penedes, Spain

…a light straw-colored sparkling wine, offers yeasty, wheat-thin aromas and flavors, a persistent stream of small bubbles, and good concentration.

BTG $6.50                            Retail $17.99


Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’ Alsace Rose NV Alsace, France

Dried fruit notes, apricot and date, mix with nut and hints of citrus peel in this firm sparkler. It’s juicy, with a creamy finish.  Wine Spectator 87 points

BTG $8.00                          Retail $21.99


Argyle Brut 2005 Willamette Valley, Oregon

Argyle’s sparkling wine portfolio begins with the 2005 Brut, composed of 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay. Medium straw-colored, this biscuity bubbly has

 tons of flavor, plenty of minerality and superb length. It is a great value in high class sparkling wine (and that includes Champagne). Robert Parker 92 points

BTG $9.25                           Retail $25.99


Roederer Brut Premier NV Champagne, France

Light and lively, featuring apple, toast, ginger and light vanilla flavors. Balanced and on the dry side, with a creamy texture and a lingering butter pastry aftertaste.

Wine Spectator 91 points “Top 100” #95

Retail $42.99