• Two Thumbs Way Up
• Lots of floral aromas, but also lots of red berry fruit and a leathery, cinnamon-like note. This unique berry/cinnamon quality follows in the flavor with plenty of small- to medium-sized bubbles. Tartly refreshing but with a decent amount of food-friendly body.
Among my various recommendations from last week’s column, I mentioned sparkling wine as a unique and surprising wine choice for Thanksgiving dinner. Even if you don’t go whole hog and offer up a variety of bubblies for turkey day, you should have at least a couple bottles on hand. If not for a fun alternative to still wines during the meal, then for a civilized and sincere way to welcome guests.
I’m partial to pink sparklers, which are typically quite food friendly. One should not confuse serious pink bubbly with Champale or Cold Duck, those cheap, sweet, coarsely effervescent libations from a bygone time. A decent pink sparkling wine (referred to as rosé, rosado or rosato depending on the country of origin) typically costs a few dollars more than its paler counterparts.
If you’re buying, I’d love a glass of the Taittinger Rosé Comtes de Champagnes. It goes for about $200 to $400 a bottle depending upon the vintage. The merely pedestrian white Comtes de Champagne usually costs about a hundred bucks less.
Since you’re not buying, I’ll opt for the Freixenet Cordón Brut Rosado from Spain, a great choice for Thanksgiving and this week’s Wine Pick.
(Wines are rated on a scale ranging up from thumbs down, one thumb mostly up, one thumb up, two thumbs up, two thumbs way up and Golden Thumb Award. Prices are suggested retail prices as provided by the winery, one of its agents, a local distributor or retailer.)