Saturday, December 30, 2006

Tried a new sparking wine - it was amazing!

Last night I tried a new sparkling wine that was truly amazing. I will be buying some bottles of this to give as gifts (as well as to drink!). The wine is from Toad Hollow and is the Risqué Methode Ancestrale Sparkling Wine. The taste is outstanding! Sweet with a delightful flavor of apples. There is a hint of pear, but it is overpowered by the apple. The ability to reseal the bottle is fantastic as well! Sparking wine at night, Mimosa's in the morning. For the price, this is a 9+ out of 10. A bottle of this will NOT last long, everybody will be asking for more.

From the Toad Hollow website:

Vibrant! Frivolous! And ... Oo-Lah-Lah ...

When Can-Can was introduced in Paris in the 1830's, it was quickly dubbed, "Le Ballet Risqué" for its rousing energy marked by high kicks and daring naughtiness. Soon it became a symbol for the Parisians' famous devil-may-care attitude.

"Risqué" recaptures that spirit. This "vin vivant" (lively wine) is a crisp and fruity sparkling wine with low alcohol (6%) and the taste of fresh green apples and pears. Softly effervescent with just enough sweetness to seduce your palate as an aperitif or tempt you when you want something perfectly naughty to finish ... or, perhaps ... to start again!

Methode Ancestrale

Oxford Companion to Wine - This method is rarely used and results in a lightly sparkling, medium sweet wine. It involves bottling young wines before all the residual sugar has been fermented into alcohol. Fermentation continues in the bottle and gives off carbon dioxide. The wine is designed to be sweeter and less fizzy than a champagne method sparkling wine and no dosage is allowed.

Alcohol: 6.0%
Acidity: 4.5 g/l
Residual sugar: 7.0%
Grape: Mauzac
Appellation: Limoux
(Region in the south of France)

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