Thursday, July 21, 2011

Champagne Tasting

Friends of mine are selecting some champagne for their wedding. Their mission: To find an affordable wine that people will actually enjoy drinking . I joined 10 other friends for a tasting at their house. This is an ingenious idea for a party; the hosts supplied the wine, the stemware and the ballots, and the guests were encouraged to bring light snacks and snarky comments to share.


Here are my unilateral rulings:


Price: $4.99 
Like it!                         
This wine is serious arm candy. Fun to be around, pretty to look at, not too challenging.

Barefoot Cellars Moscato
Price: $5.99            
Meh
It's like you smell a seductive perfume, turn around, and behind you there's an octogenarian wearing nothing but fruit on her head. Oh, dashed hopes!

Price: $6.99
HATE IT
I have just been assaulted by bubbles on steroids. This wine is gangbanging me.

HATE IT
This is like making out with an old man who has been sucking on cough drops.

Price: $11.99
Like it!
Nice and crisp. Bubbles are effervescent, not too strong. I can dig it!

Price: $11.99
Meh
Meh is the perfect word to describe this wine. Did I just drink something? Don't know, don't care.

Price: $5.99
Love it!!
I am as excited about this as I was about my first flavored lipgloss. It's fun to be a grown-up! You can drink candy all night.


If you're on the hunt for some cheap bubbly and want to do further research, I asked the Proprietor of Summerlin Wine & Spirits and all-around wine expert, Jen Toth, for her suggestions:

"Cavas are the way to go for sure. There's a Spanish cava called Segura Viudas that's really good. Also Codorniu. Prosecco is another option. Somewhat good is Zonin Prosecco - I give it 3 stars out of 5. Cupcake makes a prosecco which will come down in price with quantity - and that label's slammin.'"

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