| Freixenet Spumante White Sparkling Wine 750ml|
Slightly drier than its competitors, Freixenet Spumante is unique because it is the only true méthode champenoise in its category.
Freixenet Spumante is slightly drier than most Spumantes. Its delicate, fruity bouquet is typical of the wine’s Mediterranean Malvasia heritage. It has a very smooth, silky finish.
Freixenet produces only méthode champenoise sparkling wines. The wine goes through two fermentations with the second fermentation taking place in the bottle. Freixenet Spumante is aged up to 18 months in a cave. This méthode champenoise technique mellows the wine naturally, so it is smoother, without need of such a high dose of sugar, typical of Spumantes.
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"Probably not a Cava for wine snobs. But who says all wines have to be super serious and complex? This one shows cured meat, tarragon, sweet tea and Muscat aromas, while the flavors are pure lychee and honeydew. Frothy and sugary, but that’s the spumante style. Best with birthday cake, etc."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 15, 2008
Recommended food pairings for specific champagnes: Although these are only guidelines as taste is a very personal thing.
Brut non vintage:
Scrambled eggs,Any mushroom dish Nuts, especially almonds Popcorn and potato crisps Cheese- especially hard cheeses such as parmesan, gouda or cheddar. Pasta or risotto-especially with cream or mushroom sauce.
Avoid heavy tomato-based sauces as the acidity clashes with the high acidity of the champagne.
Thin crust pizza, but not with heavy tomato-based topping.
Fish and seafood Poultry and game birds ie duck
Blanc de Blancs:
Sushi,Goats cheese. Poultry especially duck Pink-roasted lamb
Seafood and fish Vintages:
All fish and seafood dishes especially with rich, creamy sauces. Duck Caviar Desserts that are not too sweet may be accompanied by a demi-sec champagne.
Chocolate can be accompanied by an extra brut or demi-sec or a full flavoured dry rosT.
Spumante is a blend of three white Spanish grape varieties called Macabeo (50%), Xarel-lo (35%) and Malvasia (15%). Macabeo produces a fairly light but fruity, aromatic wine of medium-high acidity – characteristics crucial to the production of sparkling wine. It is also an important grape in the aging process because its must does not readily oxidize. Xarel-lo yields a robust, high-acid wine and contributes power and depth. Malvasia (15%) gives the wine its touch of sweetness.
An intimate setting or wedding reception begs for one of these Champagne Cocktail recipes. But don't stop there! A champagne cocktail adds a special touch to any party suitable for champagne. Just use the party-size recipe version below and follow the make-ahead tips for easy party preparation.
Party-Size Champagne Cocktail Recipe
1/2 cup simple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons Angostura bitters
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup Cognac (or Brandy or Grand Marnier)
2 (750ml) bottles champagne
Orange twist halves and cocktail cherries for garnish
Simple Syrup: Dissolve 1 part sugar in 1 part boiling water. Cool.
Chill all ingredients before assembling. Combine simple syrup, bitters, lemon juice and Cognac and set aside. Refrigerate if making ahead. When you are ready to serve, thread the orange twists and cocktail cherries onto picks and insert in champagne flutes. Pour the simple syrup mixture into a pitcher. Gently stir in the champagne. Pour into flutes. 14-16 servings.
Tip:Make as much of the simple syrup mixture as you think you'll need ahead of time. Use a scant cup of the mixture per 2 bottles of champagne.
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