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Make Your August Sparkle
August 14, 2019

Sparkling wine in the dog days of August? Why not? We refresh ourselves with lots of fizzies on these hot weather days. Why not wine?


Bottle of Bubbliness

This week you can splurge on six of our favorite bubbly refreshers at not -a-splurge prices. With your lighter summer meals or just by themselves.

            There is an historic and very traditional frizzante red wine made in Piacenza in Emilio Romagna called Gutturnio. The 2017 Tollara Gutturnio Frizzante is made with the traditional blend of Bonarda (Croatina) and Barbera. The wine is full flavored with bright acidity and a persistent light sparkle. Tollara is owned and operated organically by the Bolzoni sisters.

            There are a lot of Spanish cavas. Bodegas Bohigas, a family firm, makes one of the best at an incredible price. Traditional grapes, organic family farming, and time on the lees longer than that of many popular (and much more expensive) champagnes make for one of the best values in crisp, clean sparkling wine.

Limoux is one of the oldest regions in France making sparkling wine but is less well-known in this country. One of the best estates there is Domaine J. Laurens. One of their best wines is the single vineyard Clos des Demoiselles, a Chardonnay-Pinot Noir blend, with a bit of Chenin Blanc for added spice. It is a beautiful wine, full and rich.

Pierre Gerbais is the name of a family estate in the town of Celles sur Ouce in Champagne's Cote de Bar. Their Grains de Celles,“Grapes from Celles” is a not-so-basic basic wine. Half Pinot Noir, with Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc is round and full, soft, tasty, and easy to enjoy.



2016 Merotto Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore:  Great beginning for any celebration.  Very GoodPlus  19.99; Mixed Case, 17.99; Case, 16.99

2017 Tollara Gutturnio Frizzante:  Like they have been doing for hundreds of years in Piacenza, have this cold with a group of friends and family over a selection of salumi, bread and cheese. You will have a great time.  Very Very Good Plus  21; Mixed Case, 18.9; Case, 17.85

2013 Cantina della Volta Lambrusco en Bianco:  You can use this best around here with a selection of oysters and seafood crudo. A match made in heaven.  Very Good to Excellent34; Mixed Case, 30.6; Case, 28.9

Bodegas Bohigas Brut Reserva Cava- Organic; Aroma: Bright rather rich clean dusty dry; Mouth: very very pretty fruit very pretty ; Very Good Plus14.99; Mixed Case, 13.49; Case, 12.74

2016 Domaine J Laurens Cremant de Limoux Clos des Demoiselles; Aroma: Fresh rather lively clean; Mouth: Clean light lithe & lively fresh lightly acid, pear notes  rather rich and full, light leesy notes; Very Good Plus 24.99; Mixed Case, 22.49; Case, 21.24

Pierre Gerbais Grains de Celles Extra Brut; Color: No sulfur; Aroma: Light,y heady rather lifted; Mouth: Clean pretty rather firm, sweet, juicy, fine acid; Very Good - Excellent43; Mixed Case, 38.7; Case, 36.55


August Sparkling Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $269

Instore only August Sparkling Pack: Special, one each of the above wines - $143

mix any 6- 11 above wines for 10% off

any 12 or more for 15% off


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           - Len Rothenberg