This has been a long week. Jon and I took a President’s Day weekend trip and arrived home on Monday evening (multi-part blog post coming soon – I promise!) My boss is on vacation (a very over-due vacation), so I’ve been in charge this week, and as a result work has been a bit more busy than usual, and then we had some other stuff going on too. So this weekend has been a well-deserved break.
On Friday night, I opened a bottle of 2010 Matthews Estate Sauvignon Blanc. We purchased this bottle during a trip down to Woodinville last year, and I think that Matthews does a great job with their Sauvignon Blanc. It is actually blended with 6% Semillon, so it isn’t 100% Sauvignon Blanc, but you would never know it from the taste. This is a crisp wine, with a light acidity and minerality, and hint of floral taste. It went well with the cheap pork roast and hominy that I quickly cooked last night, but I imagine I’d have been happy pairing it with any type of food. Jon and I finished the bottle off tonight (Saturday), and it went nicely with today’s shrimp tacos too!
After my one glass of remaining Sauvignon Blanc, I wanted something more this evening, so I opened a bottle of Italian Prosecco Spumante by Villa Carlotti. I had never had an Italian sparkling wine before, and this bottle was a gift from my former boss after we settled a union contract last year. As I hadn’t tried it before, I did a little research, so here’s your wine education for the day. Prosecco is the grape – apparently also called Glera… I’ll be honest, I hadn’t heard of either. Spumante is the Italian word for the full-sparkling type of production. There is also a semi-sparkling method of production called frizzante. Weirdly, you can also buy inexpensive frizzantes in cans in Italy (that just seems wrong to me, but hey, what do I know?) Due to the fact that Prosecco is secondary-aged in stainless tanks, this makes it much less expensive than its French sparkling cousin – Champagne. Prosecco is also the typical ingredient in a Bellini, if you are partial to those.
At any rate, the Villa Carlotti Prosecco Spumante is a very dry sparkling wine with a light taste of pear, and a hint of Golden Delicious apple. Based on internet prices, it seems this wine is fairly inexpensive… between $7 and $11 a bottle, so it would be a great everyday drinking wine. Could be perfect for Mimosas on a Sunday morning! Or Bellinis! I should google the recipe….