I haven’t done any wine blogging in a while, so I thought I’d throw a lot of odds and ends together into a wine blogging post.
I love to drink sparkling wine around Christmas and there are some really good cheap Spanish ones out there now. The Gran Sarao Brut Rosé Cava Penedes can be had for about 9 bucks. The Segura Viudas Reserva brut can be had for as little as seven. They’re both really good, not just for the money, but actually good.
I usually drink the cheapies, nowadays, but I admit they’re not as good as real champagne, which brings me to my next topic….
I don’t think Eric Asimov’s wine reviews are all the great in general, he’s right to highlight the quality of “micro-brew” champagne; I would not take out Egly-Ouriet and put in Jean Milan and Pierre Peters if I made a list. I’ve had a lot of these and I like them better than the big house non-vintage stuff (Veuve, Mumm’s, Bollinger, Laurent-Perrier, etc.). They cost the same as big house champagnes.
If you have any interest in New York State wine, keep an eye on the New York Cork Report wines of the year finalists. This blog is the only wine blog I read and I’ve always loved their top choice for Finger Lakes Wine. It’s where I learned about Hearts and Hands, which is now pretty much the only pinot noir I drink.
And, finally, are there any holiday drinks you especially like, whether it be certain wines or beers, or certain concoctions of liquor? I like the idea of egg nog, but I can’t drink it because cream and eggs don’t sit well with me. I tried glogg once and I wasn’t that knocked out by it. What else is there?