Take a survey around these days, and you’ll find great concerns about spending. It’s gotten to a point that even people and businesses that can still afford to spend a lot are pulling back out of consideration (or maybe they feel the “X” on their back, who knows). But in the world of wine, sometimes by spending less, we open new doors and great values are discovered.
Though it’s not just for celebration, mind you, sparkling wine is the definitive wine of choice for this time of year. And who wouldn’t want a nice, trophy bottle of vintage Champagne? Well, okay then, let’s not get carried away here. So, the vintage Salon might be out this year, but come on, aren’t there alternatives?
Through the wonders of direct importation, and a lucky grab right when the Dollar/Euro ratio was much better than today, we got our hands on some sparkling wines from the Loire valley that are just silly good deals when you think of them from a quality/price standpoint!
Ever heard of Cot? It’s what some French people call Malbec. What would you say if I told you that we have a sparkling (mostly) Malbec from Touraine in the Loire valley, that displays dusty aromas of mineral and bright raspberry, is dry on the palate, pinches the inside of your cheek with a little zippy acidity, and finishes with all systems firing quite like Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture for $14.98??? I know, I know, “Can sparkling Rose for less than $50 be any good?” Not only is it good, it’s great, and it’s less than $15! Allow me to let you in on a little secret. When our staff tastes around here, there is a rule. We have to spit. It doesn’t matter what is being poured. We have to. Heitz Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet? We spat it. Heidsieck Blue Top Champagne? Into the bucket. 2005 Lascombes? Oooh, watch out, I almost got ya. Maybe it was because we tasted at the end of a hectic day, I don’t know. When we were done tasting the sparkling Touraine Rose, I grabbed the spit bucket to empty it, and noticed the funniest thing. It was empty. Hmmm. The floor was dry, nobody had wine spilled down the front of their shirts, yet the glasses were all empty.
If that is not a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is. That means all our staff, every one of us, loves this wine! Yes Watson, sparkling Malbec is afoot. Get yourself a piece of this great deal and you won’t be sorry! – Peter Zavialoff