Two sparklers speak to holiday festivities and the reds are affordable dinner party companions. Tenuous themes but true, so I will stick with it!
JACKSON-TRIGGS - ENTOURAGE GRAND RESERVE MÉTHODE CLASSIQUE BRUT, 2008 -$22.95
Good complexity for price. Brioche, pear and apple on nose and palate. Creamy mousse.
FLAT ROCK CELLARS - BRUT RESERVE, 2007 -$35.00
Complex layers of citrus and apples, with biscuit to round out nose and palate. Lingering finish.
Great value red:
BROTTE - LA FIOLE - COTE DU RHONE (GRENACHE/SYRAH) FRANCE - $13.95
Simple but pleasing wine. Good value for money with spicy and floral nose. Blackcurrant, plum and a slight herbaceous quality.
TOMMASO BOJOLA - LA CASTELLINA, CHIANTI CLASSICO, ITALY - $21.95Fruity and savoury nose - wild herbs and blackcurrant. Lengthy herbal, dried fruit palate with a hint of black tea.