Thursday, November 22, 2012

Hostess Hint: Wine is fine

There are those who say wine is a boring old hostess gift. They are probably trying to sell you something else. While staying with my aunt I offered her a bottle of Mionetto Prosecco Brut DOC ,  and what do you know, her audible exclamation indicated it was, as they say, the perfect gift. Turns out she had it in Italy and proclaimed this sparkling substance “better than Champaign.” Turns out, I agree. It’s got bubbles and pop, all the best things of Champaign, but has a sharpness that stands out and makes your glass full a memorable experience. I’d say it was just as good in Texas as it was in Italy, but I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting over there.

Red and White/His and Hers
Cantina di Soave Rocca Sveva Ripasso di Valpolicella
Always read the label before you sip. I love red wines and read up for hints like dark cherry and blackberry. You also get vanilla with this one. I agree with another word on this label: Superiore.
Cantina di Soave Rocca Sveva Soave Classico
Makers say Italy’s leading white wine, Soave  is a fantastic aperitivo and pairs easily with  any meals. I like the sensation of apples.

Angelini Estate Sangiovese Riserva
Leather? This one promises a hint of that with berries and cherries. Beautiful legs, they say about the Sangiovese Italian grape that can make “any meal sing.” Gather up some friends to enjoy this one. It pairs will with candlelight.

Cantina di Soave Volere
It comes like a little Pino Grigio purse. A folded paper container with a string makes a carrying case for a cleverl boxed wine everyone will want. It’s a crisp, clear flavor and you can accessorize with “purses” of Rose, and Merlot-Pinot Noir blend.

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