Archive for Prosecco

Taste the best sparkling wine Dec 18!

Posted in events with tags , , , , on December 13, 2010 by Do Bianchi

Still looking for that special bottle of bubbly to open with the one you love on New Year’s eve? Well, LOOK NO FURTHER! Come taste more than 50 sparkling wines at Vino Vino’s 4Th annual OOOODLES OF BUBBLES festival this Saturday!

TASTE 50+ SPARKLING WINES

OOOODLES OF BUBBLES
Saturday, Dec. 18, 1-3 p.m.
50+ sparkling wines
Admission: $20 per person

oysters freshly shucked by Chef Esteban and Marco
(not included in admission price)

15% DISCOUNT FOR THE PURCHASE
OF 2 OR MORE BOTTLES

CHEF ESTEBAN’S KITCHEN STARTS SERVING AT 2 PM
AND STAYS OPEN ALL DAY (UNTIL 11:00PM)

ALSO DIVA KAMI CUSTOM JEWELRY!

How sparkling wine is made…

Posted in events with tags , , , on December 10, 2010 by Do Bianchi

A lot of folks have asked about the photo in our Monday post (below) and the “dirt” that you see in the neck of the wine bottle. It’s actually not dirt but rather the “lees,” i.e., the dead yeast, in the wine.

For Champagne method (méthode champenoise) wines (like those produced in Champagne or in other parts of the world where the wines are called “traditional method”), first the winemaker makes a white wine (often from red grapes, like Pinot Noir); she or he then adds a small amount of sugar (dosage) to the wine and reseals it; the addition of sugar (not always necessary) causes the wine to ferment a second time (secondary fermentation) in a pressurized environment, thus preserving the CO2 that would otherwise escape; in Champagne and other appellations, the wine bottles are then placed in racks like the one you see above and are gently turned (ideally by hand) on a daily basis, so that the lees will gather in the neck of the bottle (fermentation occurs when yeast turns the sugar in grapes into alcohol); once the desired aging has been completed, the winemaker “disgorges” the lees and rebottles the sparkling wine for sale.

There’s a lot more to it but these are the basic steps and there are other ways to make wine sparkle, like the Charmat method, used to make more gently sparkling wines like Prosecco.

Read more here… And in the meantime, join us Saturday, Dec. 18, for the OOOODLES OF BUBBLES FESTIVAL @ Vino Vino!

TASTE 50+ SPARKLING WINES

OOOODLES OF BUBBLES
Saturday, Dec. 18, 1-3 p.m.
50+ sparkling wines
Admission: $20 per person

oysters freshly shucked by Chef Esteban
(not included in admission price)

15% DISCOUNT FOR THE PURCHASE
OF 2 OR MORE BOTTLES

CHEF ESTEBAN’S KITCHEN STARTS SERVING AT 1 PM
AND STAYS OPEN ALL DAY (UNTIL 11:00PM)

ALSO DIVA KAMI CUSTOM JEWELRY!

Italian Wine Tasting party Thurs June 24 5:30!

Posted in events, music with tags , , on June 22, 2010 by Do Bianchi

Above: A view from Cartizze (kahr-TEE-tzeh) the most coveted growing site for Prosecco where a parcel of land goes for more than Napa Valley real estate (no joke!).

ITALIAN WINE TASTING PARTY
featuring the wines of Northern Italy

From the Pinot Grigio grown in the Alps to the Prosecco you drink in Venice, northern Italy is one of the world’s great yet undiscovered wine countries. Come taste with Italian wine expert Dr. Jeremy Parzen and meet other Italian wine lovers on Thurs. @ Vino Vino.

Thursday, June 24, 5:30 pm
$15 per person (including tax and gratuity)

taste 6 wines paired with tapas

with Dr. Jeremy Parzen, Ph.D.

20% all retail sales for participants
20% off your check if you stay for dinner

Call (512) 465-9282‎ for more info.

73 sparkling wines for your New Year’s Eve!

Posted in featured wine, wine list, wine shop with tags , , , , , , , on December 28, 2009 by Do Bianchi

It’s that time of year again: New Year’s Eve is around the corner and Vino Vino has 73 (yes, count ‘em, SEVENTY-THREE) sparkling wines for your New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day celebrations, in a wide range of retail prices ($18-$90).

Our top picks for this year are:

Brut Dargent Non Vintage Crémant du Jura Blanc de Blancs $21 (retail)

This champagne-method, 100% Chardonnay sparkler hails from the northeast region of France known as the Jura, on the border of Switzerland, where cooler temperatures and higher altitudes make for wines with bright acidity and fresh fruit flavors.

Sommariva Non Vintage Prosecco di Conegliano
$31 (retail)

A lot of folks prefer Italian-grown Prosecco for their New Year’s Eve celebration because Prosecco tends to be more gently sparkling and less astringent than classic Champagne and champagne-method wines. Prosecco is THE wine of Venice: do as the Ventians do and pop a bottle of Prosecco as the ball drops in Times Square this year. Notes of apricot and peach, gentle fizziness, and balanced alcohol. A great brunch wine for your New Year’s Day, as well!

André Clouet Non Vintage Champagne Brut Rosé (Bouzy)
$82 (retail)

Like all of the Champagne we carry here at Vino Vino, André Clouet is one of the great “grower” Champagne producers. In other words, he makes wine only from grapes that he grows himself (unlike the large commercial producers who source grapes from farmers large and small). This is a hand-crafted rosé Champagne with tannic structure and elegant fruit and minerality (check out the video of André below, walking among his vineyards).

Have a happy (and safe) New Year’s, everyone! Please note that WE ARE OPEN ON NEW YEAR’S EVE FOR YOUR CELEBRATION and we are also open on New Year’s Day from 5:30 till 12:00 serving full menu and of course loads of wine!!

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