Cava, champagne, lambrusco and counting. Most of us have spent half of our lives living in complete ignorance regarding sparkling wine. I have to confess that I was the first committing that error but my visits to Scandinavian supermarkets have opened my eyes to the universe of the other side of sparkling wines.
Yes, there are a lot more apart from the ultra famous that I mentioned on the first line of this post, and we were very close to them (we could find them in Uvinum without going further) but we had not noticed them until now.
The first thing that caught my eye was their colors and labels. I know that the inside is what matters, but one of the things that usually call my attention regarding many things are the colors and presentations, thanks to which I can talk today of these other sparkling wines.
Apple green, pink and lilac, orange and mint… taking a deeper look was inevitable. Who can not notice this breath of fresh air in the wine department where the muted and sober tones of red wine bottles cover the 75% of the shelves getting only slightly released by the yellowish and greenish bottles of white wine in a much smaller proportion.
?I have to try these ones?. And without looking composition, alcohol content or anything else, I collected several different ones. After some tastings at home and to my surprise I liked them. They are not similar to this non-alcoholic champagne for children, neither Cherrycoke (my God! what an evil invention and what an unpleasant taste). Generally based on Muscat grape the taste is usually very mild and their alcohol content is less than in the rest of wines.
While I would not suggest any of them to accompany the main dishes of a meal, they seem perfect for both the appetizer and the dessert. Also at the tea-time they are a very good alternative to a gin and tonic (Hendricks, you give us so many joys!) Another good moment to enjoy these new sparkling wines is when you have a meetings with your girlfriends, accompanied by cup cakes (if you feel trendy) or homemade cake (if you had time to get into the kitchen).
By the way, those ones thinking about that these feminine shades wines are only for women are wrong, because I testify that men also drink (and buy) them. So guys, there you have a good idea for a nice small detail to your loving girls.