Kicking it in NY

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Here I am, still alive, and back from a long blog hiatus. If you’ve been here a long time, you know I started Wannabe Wino roughly 12 years ago. I’ve ebbed and flowed on posting since then, but recently have felt like I lost my blog mojo. With 2 small kids, I don’t taste as much wine as a I used to and my spare time is much more restricted than it once was (I’m certain you’re shocked!).  But, I’m not hanging up my blogging hat yet.

Today I’m back with a really interesting sparkler (some things never change, bubbles still call my name!) from Lenz Winery on the North Fork of Long Island. I’m tasting the 2012 Lenz Cuvee, a sparkler done in the tradition method.  It sports a traditional Champagne closure, retails for around $40, and rings in at 12% alcohol by volume.

It’s in the 90s in DC this week, and this bubbly just spoke to me when I perused the cellar today.  On the nose I found brioche, a slight honey note, and tart apple. On the palate I got more apple, great acidity, and refreshing, clean finish. I enjoyed it paired with miserable, humid, DC heat and mosquitoes, and it helped me forget I live in a (former) swamp.

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