A glass of sparkling wine is served on a table.Sure, sparkling wine is great for celebrating special occasions. But it's also a nice companion for a beautiful summer afternoon or a casual outdoor soiree. It can be dressed up or dressed down but a premium sparkling wine can look good with anyone.
The wine's flexibility is probably one of the reasons why it's so popular. In fact, this wine category has become a favorite in the Snooth People's Voice Wine Awards, which is in its 3rd week of voting. Voters are flocking to choose their favorite sparkling wine as the best of 2012.
You still have a chance to vote but we've already seen some interesting results. And the current top 5 in the premium sparkling wine category is a group of pretty incredible wines. Let's take a look:
1. Domaine Carneros Brut Cuvee
A combination of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this Californian bubbly is a dry and crisp but also very complex selection priced around $23. Pair a glass of this with a dish of Roast Vegetable Medley or a Balsamic and Dijon Glazed Ham
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- Snooth Media | Shine Food – Tue, Jul 10, 2012 3:54 PM EDT
A glass of sparkling wine is served on a table.Sure, sparkling wine is great for celebrating special occasions. But it's also a nice companion for a beautiful summer afternoon or a casual outdoor soiree. It can be dressed up or dressed down but a premium sparkling wine can look good with anyone.Read More »from The Wine Leaders' Board: Top Five Premium Sparkling Wines
- Snooth Media | Shine Food – Fri, Jun 29, 2012 3:48 PM EDT
A glass of red wine is seen on a table.Wine lovers are tired of getting told what to drink. But now they're getting the chance to decide what's best!Read More »from The Wine Leaders' Board: Wine Lovers Choose the Best of 2012
This week, Snooth launched the People's Voice Wine Awards, inviting all wine drinkers, from the connoisseurs to the novices, to choose the best wines of the year. Since then, voters from around the world have already come to voice their opinion. The first round of voting runs through August so get your votes in now!
Nominees include wines from all over the world and across many different categories -- and price points -- of wine. Even the more budget-friendly (or "value") wines are represented and getting quite a bit of attention.
We wanted to highlight those wines that are currently leading in the more popular categories. So let's check out the leader board:
Leading Value Rosé: Isabel Mondavi Deep Rosé
Made with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, this Sonoma County rosé tastes of dark fruit and many drinkers find it enjoyable. It's a great complement to a beautiful summer day and
By Gregory Dal PiazRead More »from How to Find the Best Rosé Wines
A glass of rosé, like that pictured here, is a refreshing drink for the summer.I often get asked what the best wines are. In all honesty, that is a question without an answer. I can tell you which I think are the best wines of any given category, but even there you have producers who shine some years and stumble the next, and others who sporadically make exceptional wines.
How can you build an answer? You have to take two criteria into account: quality and consistency, with maybe a bonus point or two thrown in for style. Then you build a list based on probability. So, that's what I've done.
While I'll have tasted about 100 rosés by the end of this week, the results of this year's tastings only yield a best rosés of the year list. I can't and am not able to taste every rosé each year, but over the years I've found that certain producers do tend to shine with some regularity.
I've built three lists based on these producers, one each for France and Italy, with a third hosting a mixed basket of regions. I'm not saying that you are guaranteed to
By Carly WrayRead More »from Wine for Weddings: The Toast
Several glasses of Champagne are served.Here's a confession: I served terrible Champagne (sorry, "Champagne") at my wedding. I was too young to know better and my guests were too Baptist to drink it, anyhow. If anyone was offended by the sweet, gold, fat-bubbled juice in their glass, they held their tongue. I blame those bottles in part on youthful ignorance, and in part on the sick, lightheaded feeling I'd gotten looking over the caterer's liquor prices. When you're mentally adding up those bills, it's easy not to care about wine. All you want is whiskey.
In the years since, I've bulked up on both wine and wedding knowledge, and I've seen the question of what to serve for the toast cause more than one bridal panic attack. The good news? It can actually be one of the easiest, most cost-effective decisions you make. Here are five mantras to help stay relaxed in the process.
No One Needs to Remember the Wine
I realize that's a bold thing to say to an audience of wine lovers, but unless you're a wine connoisseur
Grilling up eats for a weekend cookout? Try these wines.I love wine, we know that, but I also love food. And not just the fancy food that you might think wine lovers are all into, with tiny forks and multi-colored slats spread over glittering tables.Read More »from 5 Great Wines for Your Weekend Cookout
I also love, actually I prefer, food that you can eat with your hands while hanging out with your best friends in the backyard. Funny thing is that when you've got a sandwich in one hand it gets increasingly difficult to snob out with a wine that's in the other greasy paw!
The solution? Stop snobbing and start slumming with the wines that work with your greasy mitt-fulls. That's right, cheap wine can be the perfect solution for your basic summer grill out, and you don't even need the fancy glassware to appreciate the wines. Time to grab a tumbler or even a Solo cup and lots of napkins, kick back and enjoy the summer grilling season.
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