Not that I have anything against Rye and Coke on the rocks (sorry Mom), but why does picking a wine that makes everyone happy at Mothers Day brunch have to be so difficult? Well it doesn’t.
The solution to most of life’s “wine choosing” problems can always be solved with a few tiny bubbles. Whether it’s a 12 course holiday dinner or weekend night with friends, a few bottles of sparkling is the perfect selection for a crowd. Here are a few of our favourite wallet-friendly sparkling wines to consider for Mother's Day:
Nino Franco Pro Nino Franco Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut NV $21.95
Tank fermentation or charmat lungo is the fermentation method used for the production of all Prosecco. However, after fermentation winemaker and owner Primo Franco extends the lees contact to add complexity and creaminess. Nino Franco Prosecco Brut NV is pale straw in colour and its small fine bubbles are a further indication of the quality of the wine. The nose is delicate with floral and anise aromas and the palate follows this theme adding apple and a touch of almond. Although charming as an aperitif, it is a highly versatile wine that will work well with a wide variety of lighter foods.
Domaine Roger Luquet Crémant de Bourgogne $21.95
Since we introduced this product some years ago we have been told several times that it has been confused with Blanc de Blancs Champagne. Produced from Chardonnay grown in St. Véran, this clean, attractive, yeasty Blanc de Blancs is offered at a remarkable price. It is a truly compelling alternative to many of the sparkling wines in the market.
This wine was awarded the 2009 Coup de Coeur by Hachette Guide (France). The wines considered for this award are tasted only by producers and negociants, and it is one of the highest honours awarded in France.
Nino Franco “Primo Franco” Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut 2011 $24.95
The 2011 "Primo Franco" Prosecco di Valdobbiadene's aromas of crisp green apples, bartlett pears, flowers and spices leap from the glass. On the palate they come together with lovely richness and complexity. The wine possesses gorgeous textural finesse and a creamy, refreshing finish.
Blue Mountain Brut NV $27.95
This Brut has a fine mousse, with lemon and toasty character on the nose and across the palate, with a crisp lemon finish. The wine is made in the Traditional Method - secondary fermentation in bottle, as they do in Champagne, not "tank method" or "Cuvée Close", the process used to make Prosecco and many inexpensive sparklers.