Franciacorta! The Champagne of Italy!
Have you ever wondered what the Stages of Champagne making are? Fret no more.
Yes! Italians can make bubbly just as good as the French, and for much less money! Is “mass market” champagne – under threat from Prosecco??? It’s even passed its French rival as the best-selling type of sparkling wine!!!
Coincidently in the regular nightly news this week came across a RED ALERT! that it’s been a very scary week for Prosecco fans and that the never-ending Sunday brunches are in danger! Oh my !some people are going to be beside themselves!!!
The newswire is saying that Prosecco may not flow quite as freely this year! What a calamity!
Is this actually be a good thing for the French champagne producers?
It might force them to decide whether they really want to be the market leaders in inexpensive bubbly, or would rather exploit the strength of their protected brand “Champagne” and charge very high prices for a quality product.
Currently, they are trying to do both. It’s a tough decision especially when Prosecco is gaining ground.
So it’s the demand for good-quality champagnes that is holding up well in the market; since they are not really challenged by Prosecco yet…
…And truly, investment Champagnes have never been so expensive. People just can’t get enough of the good stuff!
Is there any better way to celebrate the New Year than with a cheerful sparkling wine?!? – Spanish and Italian bubbly rocks too! – My Easy Going Picks!
Since we’re talking of sparkling wines, champagne is of course the king of bubbles and apart from recognized and celebrated maisons, such as Krug, Bollinger and Ruinart…
In fact the New York Daily News was so kind to publish the top 10 champagne brands for 2013 by volume sales:
All just awesome! But there’s more to this story…
So… in no special order because I really enjoy all of these…here is my selection of easy going sparkling wines of the New Year … actually for any time… a perfect match for every mood and pocketbook. Enjoy, and not all are Champagne of course… Spanish and Italian bubbly rocks too! Stock this stuff up; so you always a have some sparklers that are good.
Freixenet Cordon Negro Extra Dry – $10 – The crowd pleasing Cava in the black bottle; it’s earthy and fruity and not really dry…It’s flavorful and is nice and smooth.
I hope this list inspires you to pick some of these up and …Happy New Year!
Top 10 2006 Wines – A Special Report by Ralph Del Rio Wine Correspondent -Great Wines and Great Values
2006 Has come and gone and there were a lot of great and memorable wines. I found a lot of values from Australia. Big Blockbuster types…I also found great values from Spain and Eric Solomon’s group of wines in particular kept me quite interested in Spain. There is going to be good things to come in the new world.
My Picks for 2006 contain two overriding things to keep in mind. They are all excellent in their own right and are also obtainable which in many case it’s not easy to find wines that you are reading about in the magazines.
So here goes…my list for the best of 2006
2004 Yangarra Estate Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvèdre McLaren Vale Cadenzia
I enjoyed the Shiraz as well. This wine with its dark chocolate, anise, herbal essence and raspberry bouquet. Nice flash of peppercorn spice too.
2003 Archery Summit Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Arcus Estate
2004 Green Point Shiraz, Victoria Australia
2004 Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz Grenache, Barossa Valley South Australia
2004 Seghesio Family Vineyards Sonoma