Back to Bubbly

As I’ve mentioned a dozen or so times this year, one of my goals for the year is to drink more bubbly. Lots more bubbly. Helping me along the way is Jill of DomaineLA who happens to have a never-ending supply of interesting bubbly to sell to me to help me along the way. Which reminds me, I need to answer her last email and pick my next 6-pack of bubbly. Especially with what amounts to summer upon us (82 and muggy/humid today! What happened to spring??) I will be in desperate need of bubbly! Tonight we chose the 2007 Domaine La Grange Tiphaine Nouveau Nez. It clocked in at 13.5% alcohol by volume, had a traditional Champagne closure, and cost me $26 at DomaineLA.

The wine is Chenin Blanc based. On the nose I found it to be toasty with lemon and waxy notes. In the mouth, more lemon, and dough, yeast, tart green apple and an overall bready flavor had me diving in for more. Overall, the Nez is crisp and dry, and I thought it was really well done. Both Matt and I loved it and would definitely get it again. Cheers!


White Wine and Chinese Food

I’m not feeling at the top of my game today, so instead of breaking into an expensive bottle, we decided to continue into our stash of “quest for everyday wine” bottles. I also didn’t feel like cooking so we ordered in some Chinese food from a local place we hadn’t tried before. Very tasty food and we will order again (I love free delivery).

The wine was a 2005 Vinum Cellars Chard-No-Way Chenin Blanc from Wilson Vineyards. Clarksburg, CA. Another screw-cap, but thankfully easier to open than the last two. 13% alcohol by volume and cost us $11.99 at Unwined.

Holy lime Batman! I taste tons of lime and the nose of the wine on being poured knocked me back with the citrus. A very dry Chenin Blanc, with a very acidic finish. But lime all the way. Interesting choice with the Chinese, I’d probably stick with a white, but probably not this one the next time we had Chinese, the match wasn’t quite right.

It was easy to drink and for $11.99 I think I’ll try another bottle when I’m feeling better and maybe I’ll get something other than lime, but then again, my husband agrees with me on the lime/citrusy assessment, but says he thinks he might taste a hint of green apple as well.