Cavicchioli Lambrusco Dolce

by J.T.

Y'all. It's really, really hot outside.

Thankfully, I've been in Colorado this week visiting family, so I've been spared a bit. But I'm headed back to Tennessee today, and I know what's waiting for me:

Humidity to the nth degree. 

Oh, southern summertime . . .

When it's hot outside and I need a little something boozy, I know just the cold beverage to reach for: 
 

Cavicchioli Lambrusco Dolce


Tasting Notes

Served ice-cold, Lambrusco is the perfect drink to sip in the summer shade. Light-bodied  and bubbly, it's sweet and fruity, tasting of strawberries, raspberries, and cherries.

Price Point

You're going to love me for this: it's only $6.99.

Pairings

Think antipasti and cured meats: salami, pepperoni, prosciutto, cheese. Lambrusco and nibbles—a great party combo!

Juvé Y Camps Rosé Brut Cava

by Amy

It's about time we had a rosé on the Vixen.
 

And I'm giddy this gets to be our first.

As my boss very publicly pointed out on Facebook, yesterday was my birthday! I've been taking advantage of celebrating for the past few days (because Monday isn't exactly prime party time, ya know?). Over the weekend my friend Lauren and I went to Nashville's Chauhan Ale & Masala House (owned by Chopped judge Maneet Chauhan) for some delicious haute Indian fare. The rich, jewel-toned décor and screens of Bollywood dancing made for a festive birthday atmosphere, but that didn't hold a candle to the delicious food. Oh, if you enjoy Indian food, you need to get a reservation here: the lentils are especially to die for.

And a key component to any birthday celebration is the bubbly, is it not? 
 

Allow me to geek out on the Cava we imbibed. You're gonna want to listen to this.

Cava is Spain's national bubbly, the equivalent to France's Champagne and Italy's Prosecco. A wine celebrated by Catalonians for generations, Cava isn't overly sweet and is usually aged for nine months to three years.

Made from Pinot Noir grapes, Juvé Y Camps Rosé Brut Cava is fruity, floral, creamy, and delicious. This one's a Brut, meaning it's the driest of dry bubblies. As an apértif, this makes me happy—I don't want to start with something overly sweet. The color on this wine is gorgeous, a dark coral. With hints of strawberries and honeysuckle on the nose, a full, creamy mouthfeel and a palate of tart berries, I could've happily downed a few more glasses (had they not been overpriced at $10 each).

But great news: in the vein of Prosecco, Cava isn't nearly as expensive as Champagne (thanks to Spain's mechanized production), but it's definitely worth a buy. You can get a bottle of this Rosé Cava here for only $16.99—a great excuse to party anytime! 


Like this post? Share it!

Mark West Pinot Noir

by J.T.

Parties are always a bit of a crapshoot, aren't they?


Although you map out every detail, the variables you can't control slowly dismantle your best laid plans: someone needs the oven at 350 F for their spinach artichoke dip, even though you're finishing up your sausage balls at 425 F. A whopping three guests have brought the same dish, even though you policed the signup list like a hawk. And you forgot that everything but the veggie tray has gluten in it—which is unfortunate for your best friend with a gluten intolerance, who waves off your apologies with a sad stick of celery. 

But no matter how far the party strays from your good intentions, there's always one constant:

You can never have too much booze. 


If you're looking for a red to take to a big social gathering (i.e. Super Bowl parties and summer barbecues) when you're unsure what to bring, Mark West Pinot Noir would be a delightful accompaniment. The fruit forward flavors of strawberry and cherry cola, along with soft tannins and a nice bite of acid, complement meats of all kinds—cheeseburgers, bbq chicken, grilled salmon—along with a good cheese plate. It's a light-bodied red that goes well with so many foods and palates, you really can't go wrong with this one.

And lucky for us: it's only $10.99!


Like this post? Share it!