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Prosecco Kirkland Signature Asolo Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry

Prosecco Kirkland Signature Asolo Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry

Prosecco Kirkland Signature Asolo Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry

One prosecco available on this side of the Atlantic this time. As the name hints, it is a prosecco from (and available only at) Costco.

This one is Kirkland Signature Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG and it’s extra dry. 11% vol.

Price is 7 dollars.

Prosecco Kirkland Signature Asolo Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry

Prosecco Kirkland Signature Asolo Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry

I read about this wine first in the Reverse Wine Snob blog here at https://www.reversewinesnob.com/kirkland-signature-asolo-prosecco and I wanted to try it. However I am not a Costco member, furthermore Costco doesn’t sell wine nor alcool in its New Jersey stores as per the obsolete post prohibition laws still in action… Fortunately I have a friend who is a Costco member and who drives regularly to Ohio to see her family . In Ohio Costco stores do sell wines and alcohol. During one of her trips there some time last fall (in 2019) she bought a bottle for me. I only tasted it recently in June 2020 (for my birthday as an excuse to pop the cork open) with my children.

Pale yellow, almost colorless. Finely sparkling with regular bubbles.

Nose : citrus, green, lemon.

In mouth, fresh citrus, slightly bitter, a bit green but pleasantly, dry and refreshing.

A hint and trace of lemon but very subtle in after mouth. Violet flowers as lasting end note which is really pleasant.

Excellent specially for 7 dollars a bottle

Prosecco Kirkland Signature Asolo Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry

Prosecco Kirkland Signature Asolo Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry

Vinho Verde Gazela Portugal

Vinho Verde Gazela Portugal

Vinho Verde Gazela Portugal

With the return of the warm season I decided to stock up on this easy drinking wine that I enjoy times to times during the hot days of summer, the Portuguese vinho verde. It’s a very light and refreshing wine, usually around 8 or 9% vol with no vintage — the young wine of the year. It can come in all types, red white and rosé, I usually gravitate towards the white one.

This one is the white one, 9% vol, screw cap, from Gazela, bought at my usual joint, Stirling Fine Wines but I am guessing it’s widely available. I have seen the very same brand and bottle in France at Leclerc supermarkets.

Very pale yellow, almost colorless and very fizzy with a wide rim. The fizziness even shows on the picture: it is sparkling indeed as per the glass walls. In French we would call it perlant.

Vinho Verde Gazela Portugal

Vinho Verde Gazela Portugal

Nose : green grapes, apples, green and ripe apples and grapes, some mineral notes and stones.

In mouth it is fizzy indeed, more than just a perlant actually. Green fruits, very fresh. Refreshing green notes and apples (both green and ripe). The apple taste is not sweet at all. The green notes dominate but are pleasant actually. A slight bitterness in the after mouth. Some mineral notes and more apples as a finale. The apple taste is not the one of apple cider at all. Very refreshing, as expected for a vinho verde.

It’s not a great wine by any means but that’s not what’s expected from a vinho verde to begin with. Furthermore for $5.50 nothing can go wrong neither. In France I remember a price in the same range, around 4 to 5 Euros. 

Vinho Verde Gazela Portugal

Vinho Verde Gazela Portugal

For that price it can also be bought and used for cooking. Because it’s not sweet it can also be used for a little wine cocktail, a French goodie called kir, which is basically a white wine served with a bit of blackcurrant syrup or liquor. The real recipe calls for crème de cassis or blackcurrant liquor but I find that the non alcoholic blackcurrant syrup is enough because it doesn’t add up unnecessary alcohol content to the mix. I use exclusively Teisseire syrup (Teisseire syrups are a childhood memory, not in kir of course back then and it happens that their syrups are excellent — the best in my point of view).

However this vinho verde is very good as such and well suited for summer meals. Well done.

I stocked up with this brand because I already know this one and have been repeatedly buying this very one for my summer meals for years actually. When I am in the mood for some vinho verde this is one of my 2 go to wines, the other is Casal Garcia (review to come). I must also mention that one should not stock up too much or beyond their drinking previsions on vinho verde, those have to be drunk within months of purchase, 3 to 4 I would say, otherwise you’ll lose the freshness. Anyway that’s a summer or hot weather wine, so I start to buy some in May and replenish accordingly to be able to never stretch the remaining bottles beyond October.

The other day after the tasting, I paired it with some portobello mushroom risotto.

Vinho Verde Gazela Portugal

Vinho Verde Gazela Portugal

Gros Plant du Pays Nantais La Chatelière 2018

Gros Plant du Pays Nantais La Chatelière 2018

Gros Plant du Pays Nantais La Chatelière 2018

For Christmas, to pair with our fresh oysters, my mother wanted some Gros Plant wine that she used to drink when having oysters back in the day. This is not a fancy nor a complex wine and it is usually rather inexpensive. Furthermore very common and readily available in almost any supermarket or grocery store in France. 

I went for some last minute shopping at our local tiny supermarket, Super U, in my hometown and, sure enough, they had some. I went for a Gros Plant du Pays Nantais (protected appellation) sur Lie, which is usually a notch above the regular version. Sur Lie aging means that the wine stays in contact with the dead yeast cells that are left over after fermentation (in English they are called the lees). It is supposed to produce a more delicate wine and increase its freshness and its flavors.

The Gros Plant du Pays Nantais is the perfect match for seafood in general and oysters in particular.

The one I bought is a Gros Plant du Pays Nantais sur Lie from Domaine La Chatelière 2018. 10.5% vol, which is usual for these wines, which are always around 10 – 11 % vol.

Very pale yellow, almost transparent like water.

Nose : chalk mainly.

Mouth : very sparkly, very mineral, very dry too. Citrus, mineral and chalk. Simple but a very pleasant wine to go with our Christmas Eve oysters and shrimps. Furthermore for the price, 5 euros at the grocery store (Super U).

This is a classic Gros Plant du Pays Nantais, no surprise, notes as expected, mineral and citrus, and some sparking (perlant). It paired perfectly with our oysters.

Gros Plant du Pays Nantais La Chatelière 2018

Gros Plant du Pays Nantais La Chatelière 2018

Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits white Domaine Bonnardot 2015

Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits white Domaine Bonnardot 2015

Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits white Domaine Bonnardot 2015

Another exploration of my parents wine racks during the holiday season. They don’t have many white wines — only 2 types, all from Burgundy : the Saint-Veran and this Hautes-Côtes de Nuits. When we need a white wine with our food we usually toggle between those two.

13.5% vol.

Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits white Domaine Bonnardot 2015

Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits white Domaine Bonnardot 2015

Deep yellow in glass, bright, translucent, no rim and medium legs.

Nose : lemon and various citrus, honey.

In mouth, a little watery, lemon, a little acid in a pleasant way, citrus and honey.

Excellent, as one could expect from a white burgundy wine. That’s mainly why we stick to those white burgundy wines as we are not much white wine drinkers. This one is a solid wine that we can trust, as well as the Saint-Veran one.

Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits white Domaine Bonnardot 2015

Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits white Domaine Bonnardot 2015

Prosecco Costaross Extra Dry

Prosecco Costaross Extra Dry

Prosecco Costaross Extra Dry

Our go-to sparking wine, the Prosecco that we used to find at my parents’ local small supermarket Super U for a good price and that I reviewed here, is not carried by the supermarket anymore or wasn’t lately, during this summer. Instead they had this one, the Costaross, in the same spot on the fridge shelves and for the same price. So I decided to try it to see if we could count on this back up plan to replace the Riccadonna Prosecco.

This one is called Prosecco Costaross and, same as the Riccadonna, it’s extra dry. 11% vol.

Prosecco Costaross Extra Dry

Prosecco Costaross Extra Dry

Very fizzy but with very fine and tiny bubbles. No rim and the bubbles are very regular.

Nose : wine, grapes, white fruits such as nectarines.

In mouth it is very fizzy, extremely I should say, and a bit weak in taste. No after taste, no after mouth, very short in mouth.

Some pears, nectarines, white peaches but all very weak. The Riccadonna was way better, so this Costaross won’t become our go-to sparkling wine, we’ll have to find another one.

Actually one or 2 weeks after tasting and writing this review, I found the Riccadonna Prosecco in another supermarket in town (less convenient, this supermarket is in the « up town » and we live in the « down town » by the sea, so we have to take the car to go to this other supermarket. For the small Super U supermarket, we don’t, its located at walking distance) : Intermarché supermarket, for the same kind of price, maybe one euro less even. Same as it was, even though the label design has changed a tiny bit, but the quality and the taste haven’t changed fortunately. So I am happy to report that our trusted go-to Prosecco is back after all and that I stocked up with this Riccadonna again for our summer needs.

Côtes de Provence Château Roubine Cru Classé White 2016

Côtes de Provence Château Roubine Cru Classé White 2016

Côtes de Provence Château Roubine Cru Classé White 2016

Côtes de Provence Château Roubine Cru Classé White 2016

Côtes de Provence Château Roubine Cru Classé White 2016

In France during my stay for the holidays, I was visiting my good friends who are regular consumers of Chateau Roubine. We have had it regularly throughout my visits over the years, in red or rosé, which are both very good. But I had never had it in white, that was a first for me. So I took the opportunity to take some tasting notes for the blog.

It’s a Côte de Provence, cru classé, 13.5% vol.

In the bottle it’s pale yellow, almost white or even transparent, leaning towards a hint of golden.

Côtes de Provence Château Roubine Cru Classé White 2016

Côtes de Provence Château Roubine Cru Classé White 2016

In the glass it looks a deeper yellow, leaning towards rose gold. Greasy against the walls of the glass and long legs.

The nose is powerful with strong scents of honey and honeysuckle. It has a strong scent almost like a perfume but in a pleasant way.

In mouth it’s acid but balanced, a pleasant acidity. Slightly fizzy at first, a nice bitterness and a dry after mouth.

The taste is very honey-like as was the nose, but very dry at the same time : it has the taste of honey but not the sweetness nor sugary taste. It also tastes a bit of ripe apple.

A very pleasant wine.

We enjoyed it with foie gras (an excellent one, the very one from the Hotel Carlton in Cannes ! ) and fig bread.

The foie gras we had with Chateau Roubine White

The foie gras we had with Chateau Roubine White

Prosecco Riccadonna Extra Dry

Prosecco Riccadonna Extra Dry

Prosecco Riccadonna Extra Dry

This one was our sparkling wine for the holidays in lieu of champagne. I found that little delight some two years ago at my parent’s local supermarket from the chain Super U (a small grocery store that also carries wines and spirits as it is almost always the case in France). The first time I tried it I was not expecting much of it but I needed some Prosecco and the Extra Dry mention caught my eyes… as well as the price : 7.85 Euros ! I felt I wouldn’t sweat too much about it if it were not very good. But it was good and since then it has become our go to Prosecco (and sparkling wine for that matter) furthermore when it’s so readily available.

I just wanted to taste it and take some notes for the blog as we were having it for our Christmas Eve’s dinner. I must mention I didn’t do an accurate tasting because we had it as apéritif with a little Toulouse crystalized violet flower at the bottom of the drinking glass, which of course modifies the original taste of the wine. 11% vol.

Very dry as expected in mouth, with the taste of the little violet of course. Apart from that added taste, it tastes at first of grapefruit, white grapes and gunflint. Very fine bubbles, dry but pleasant. Then come tastes of yellow fruit, pear, apple — a slightly green apple that is.

So it was our apéritif for the Christmas Eve’s dinner, then our wine for the whole dinner : we had some cod (cabillaud) that we cooked with this wine (the original recipe called for champagne for cooking the fish but due to the price I decided to replace it with the Prosecco). The fish was cooked with this wine, some cream, mushrooms and shallots. We served it with pommes duchesse (duchess potatoes) and brunoise de légumes (vegetable brunoise) as side dishes. 

This Prosecco is a very enjoyable simple wine, furthermore it makes sense when having a large dinner with guests : I bought the 6 bottles we needed almost for the price of one bottle of champagne (some brand names like Veuve Clicquot can retail for around 40 euros, not to mention some Champagne Rosé like Laurent-Perrier that can go higher than that, specially during the holiday season). Of course this Prosecco is not on a par with those but when numerous bottles and guests are expected, it’s nothing to be ashamed of and not a wine to be ashamed of neither. It was not out of place for the festivities.

Saint-Véran blanc Terres Secrètes 2015

Saint-Véran blanc Terres Secrètes 2015

Saint-Véran blanc Terres Secrètes 2015

It’s a Bourgogne Blanc, a white wine from Burgundy from Terres Secrètes, the Saint-Veran is a controlled appellation. 13% vol.

White wines are the strength of the Burgundy region: usually their white wines are exceptional.

Saint-Véran blanc Terres Secrètes 2015

Saint-Véran blanc Terres Secrètes 2015

This is one of the very rare white wines my parents have in their wine racks. We keep coming back to this one (in the past summers we have enjoyed it several times with fish or seafood and also pasta or omelette with summer truffle)

In the glass it is very pale yellow, almost colorless, a yellow leaning towards a greenish color though— a « cold » yellow.

Nose of green apple, gun flint (pierre à fusil), silex and it smells « dry ».

In the mouth it’s almost fizzy, dry. It tastes of apple, mainly green apple. It’s acid and slightly bitter but in a pleasant way. It has a pleasant bitterness as an aftertaste too.

Fizzy, green apple, pebble, gun flint and silex also in the middle mouth, then a fresh bitterness in finale.

Very fresh and extremely pleasant, a dry wine that we enjoyed with shrimp and zucchini lasagna this time.

Burgundy at its best.

Saint-Véran blanc Terres Secrètes 2015

Saint-Véran blanc Terres Secrètes 2015