Tag Archives: Sparkling wine

Fizz Fit For The Queen: Hattingley Valley Classic Reserve English Sparkling Wine NV Review

Per chance, one of my buyers planned Christmas in the crucible of my wine career: Saratoga Springs, New York.  Years ago, I left academia and started fresh there at Putnam Wine, run by British expat William. He crushed and carried me through wine’s complications, trends, and the WSET Advanced. So I sent my buyer with a few bottles from home in Oregon. He returned with, of course, English Sparkling wine.    
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Wine Review: Rezabal, Getariako Txakolina rose, Txakoli Spain 2015

In Basque Country in Northern Spain, before Spain makes a right turn and becomes Southern France, sits a DO called Getariako Txakolina.  Let us pretend we can pronounce that.  The Gulf Stream chills this coastal corner of  the Atlantic (much like Bordeaux or Rias Baixas). … Continue reading

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4th of July Wine: Domaine Chandon Etoile Brut NV

This 4th of July, while children (and/or yourself) blow things up, there is only one choice of inebriation that pairs perfectly with pyromania: bubbly. Not just any sparkling wine, not even Champagne, but all American sparkling wine.

In past, Wayward Wine has kept it cheap and cheerful with our patriotic petillance (read here: ‘Merica). This year, we get serious and go for Napa’s founding fizzy father: Domaine Chandon. Continue reading

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Winery Review Mumm Napa Valley

These weekly(ish) recaps of our Napa Valley, eighth anniversary, wine whirlwind tour continue to Mumm. We already enjoyed a light breakfast of Pinot Noir at Etude (read here), but actually hungry now, and already late for lunch reservations, we bomb North. Then something surprises our bleary eyes… Continue reading

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Sparkling Riesling in Dresden Zwinger Palace: EU Austerity Drinking Tour EU Austerity Drinking Tour:

152 days of travel have gained a sort of normalcy. We book a place. We pack. We train. We walk until our feet fall off, eat, visit museum/church/site/brewery/distillery/winery and then collapse. A few days later it begins again.

Today, we leave fabulous Prague and its beer for Dresden: which is in Germany: which makes wine, wine worthy again of writing about: unlike Prague, which was horrid. Continue reading

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