Baby showers and bridal showers can be fun especially if the honoree is someone close to you. This weekend we attended a bridal shower for a lovely, mature couple. It was an evening garden party on one of the best weather weekends we’ve had this summer. Lucky for both the couple and their guests!
This was a couples party which made it great fun. One of the party games was a blind wine tasting that was more fun than any of the boring wine tastings I’ve attended. It turned out that most of the guests were wine lovers.
In this ‘game-tasting’ scenario everyone had a favorite wine that they always drank so they didn’t really know what they were drinking when the labels were covered. This just proves to the “wine snobs” out in there in the world of wine that the only thing you need to know is drink what you like.
The food and beverages served at the shower were outstanding and I had to share with you the sparkling wines they served. I’m a fan of sparkling wine and the two that were served were from Freixenet, a very affordable brand of Spanish sparkling wine that is labeled “Cava” and is made the same way Champagne is made which is called Méthode Champenoise.
Freixenet’s Carta Nevada Semi Dry was a bit sweet that was balanced with it’s zippy acidity. It has a toasty aroma and had creamy flavors of peaches and custard. It was quite sweet on the finish which made it more enjoyable with the delicious desserts that were served. For those who truly enjoy a sweet wine this is for you.
I would serve this to those guests who enjoy a sweet style wine, and with the dessert course you will serve. It’s a must have if you are having a party.
Freixenet Cordon Rosado is a soft, smooth brut style sparkling wine that is pink in color. This is crisp and fresh with a bit more acidity and flavors of just picked stone fruits that are not quite ripe. My tasting partner said he tasted flavors of ripe cherries and berries.
This sparkler is made with Spanish grapes of 50% Garnacha (Grenache), and 50% Monastrell which gives this wine it’s beautiful color and flavor. It is said that the red grapes grown in the Mediterranean areas are lower in acidity so that this wine is softer and smooth on the palate than most other sparkling wines.
I’m not promoting** Freixenet, but these two sparklers are perfect celebratory sparkling wines. They are affordable and food friendly.
**All the wines I taste are my personal wines, or wines that have been ordered by us with our meals when we dine out or at a party. I have never been given any wines to review by a winery or third party.