The Cellar: Two Wines You Should Always Have On Hand
Friday, March 01, 2013
This week’s first wine is a great, inexpensive Italian red table wine which was awarded 88 points, a solid score for a $10 wine, by Wine Critic Antonio Galloni, who writes for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. This wine is made by the Pilastri family, whose roots go back more than 1000 years, who lives in the town of Ascoli Piceno, located in the Marche region of Central-Eastern Italy.
This week’s second wine is an interesting sparkling Rosé from Savoie; a wine region located in the larger Savoy region in central-eastern France. More specifically, this wine is from the Bugey-Cerdon AOC. Cerdon is the
According to AOC requirements the sparkling wines labeled Bugey-Cerdon must be made either from 100% Gamay or a blend of Gamay and Poulsard. In addition, they must be made the traditional way (‘Méthode Ancéstrale’), meaning that the second fermentation, the fermentation that gives the wine its bubbles, must take place inside the individual bottle and not in steel tanks, which is how more basic bubbles, including Proseccos, are made. The “La Cueille” from Patrick Bottex is 80% Gamay and 20% Poulsard. It displays a delicious mix of ripe and slightly under-ripe crushed wild strawberries making it slightly sweet, but well-balanced with mouthwatering acidity on the finish.
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