Sunday, June 1, 2008

N.V. Barefoot Cellars Chardonnay Premium Extra Dry

For those of you who do not know, "N.V." stands for no vintage, or non-vintage. That is exactly what this sparkling wine is, and it is not to be confused with Champagne, as it is not from the Champagne region.
Tonight, Zelda used this to make Bellini's, and it was exactly what it was. Why use a good bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine when it is going to be mixed?
A taste of the bubbly before hand revealed typical Chardonnay aromas, of sweet citrus, lemon, lime, and a hint of mint. The palate revealed more lemon and citrus flavors, with the faintest hint of pineapple and green apple. For under $8, this is a good sparkling to use as a mixer for your favorite bubbly cocktail.
Zelda made the Bellini's tonight with a nice strawberry nectar, with fresh cut strawberries and raspberries. Needless to say, this was the perfect summer sipper on a beautiful first of June. As for the sparkling itself, 82 points, and would say that it is a decent QPR. Will definitely buy again to use for sparkling wine based cocktails! Cheers!

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