So I did something bad the other night - at least it would be looked upon unfavorably by most wine afficianados. But it was so delicious that I am proud to both admit it and share it, which just may free me up to share some other wine related faux pas that just may become dirty secrets as well.
I have been blogging and talking a lot about champagne alternatives, and I typically suggest Moscato d'Asti to those who favor sweetness in their libations, and domestic sparklers (New Mexico is worth checking out) for those looking for something drier and closer in style to true champagne. I inadvertantly dismiss Cava and Prosecco to a degree, although both have their merits, but after the other night that list may shorten to just Cava (until I find a perfect use for it as well).
Prosecco, "the other Italian sparkler", is often creamier in taste and mouth feel than most wine, and certainly more than most sparkling wine. To generalize, most prosecco has a sour green apple thing going on, and are light, crisp, and refreshing. Many writers also say that it is typically sweet, but I had not, until the other evening, found that to be the case. That is, not until I sweetened the deal.
So we're in the fourth paragraph, and I still haven't revealed the act that may lose me some cool points in the wine world (at least they're short paragraphs) - but due the drum roll: I added mango sorbet (Haagan-Dazs) to the prosecco, eatting some bites out of the glass with a spoon, and allowing some it it to melt into the wine itself, then sipping and enjoying. How good was it? Well, good enough to inspire me to blog about it. It was significantly better than I anticipated. Everyone has a unique pallet but I emphasize that this was delicious, delicious, delicious. Truly a wow, provided that you have a sweet tooth.
We got the idea from a Good Housekeeping type magazine, so it is not original, but we opted for mango rather than their recommended lemon, which also could have been good. I imagine raspberry, cabernet, key lime, and vanilla bean sorbet would all be exceptional as well.
While I'm adding all kinds of things to wine and sharing recipes with you, I may as well talk about sangria for a moment. Most basically, there are red and white sangria made, respectively, from red and white wine. I favor spanish wine because it is authentic, delicious, and can be procured for a reasonable price. Many people put brandy in their sangria, and many restaurants do as well, so I recommend it, although it is not neccessary. I have made sangria with vodka before that turned out great, and sometimes depending on the day and company, I don't put any hard liquor at all.
Good wine, complimentary juice (fruit punch is great for red sangria, as is red grape juice; lemonade, white grape and white cranberry are all great for white). A little sugar and fresh lemon juice are great if needed (probably not is you use a lemonade, however). Well-cut fruit is key: oranges, apples, grapes and marachino cherries are the go to. Sparkling water can make a nice, sparkling sangria if a little dilution is in order. Have fun playing around with different blends and proportions - you're sure to find a balance that suits you perfectly.
Finally, on a very different note, last night I was offered a very small sip of Salon Blanc de Blanc Champagne that we sell at the restaurant for over a thousand-dollars a bottle. I hate to admit it, but it was the very best champagne I have ever had. By far. Subtle, and the perfect balance of toasty, dry, sweet, floral, elegant, and the finish lasted substantially longer than any other champagne I have ever had. So now I have to figure out how to make a billion dollars so that I can enjoy it more regularly. Hopefully this is the year for my music group, Knowaries ;)
Well, thank You for taking the time to read my blog - all my best thoughts and energies as we round the holiday corner. Be well, wear lots of layers, and don't forget to drink your wine! Cheers!
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