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THE CHICAGO WINO | January 2016


LET’S GET BUBBLY It’s a brand new year and I always love kicking it off with bubbles – crisp, clean, and alive! Is there a better sound than popping open a bottle of some sparkling wine? It makes me giddy. No matter what region you prefer; sparkling wine from the states, Cava from Spain, Prosecco from Italy, or Champagne from France, it’s generally all good. Although I usually prefer mine from France, Champagne can get pricey. What’s nice though is that I can still get that French profile I like from other regions that are far less expensive. For instance, The Languedoc in Southern France is a great choice.

One of my favorites is the Cote Mas Cremant de Limoux Brut NV (that was a mouthful). It is artfully crafted with a blend of 60% Chardonnay, 20% Chenin, 10% Pinot Noir, and 10% Mauzac. It has alluring notes of citrus, honey, green apple, and peach and it finishes with just a hint of graphite. This bottle has great power and structure coupled with crisp bubbles, making for a delicious party in your glass!

Flaunting a price point of $15.99 for the quality of juice you’re getting, you can’t go wrong picking up a bottle. After enjoying a glass or two of this sparkling wine, I’m feeling rather bubbly myself! Happy New Year and Sláinte!

ABOUT THE WRITER Eric McMillan, The Chicago Wino, is your source for lighthearted reviews of wine. thechicagowino.com also features links to fun tools like wine/food pairing, ideal serving temperatures, and "must try" bottles! Visit thechicagowino.com for a simple look at some complex flavors. "Like" Eric on Facebook–The Chicago Wino


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