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Champagne Wishes to you!

After a month of what felt like nonstop eating and drinking, and happy to not be exhibiting any visible signs of gout, I wanted to celebrate with a fun wine that would help me toast the end of a very good year. The Champagne tasting at Royal Park Fine Wines in Strongsville was a great place to meet friends and try a variety of wines for the season.

Royal Park Wines owner, George Zaboura, featured six Champagne/sparkling wines starting with the Santa Margherita Prosecco from Italy. This was a nice wine to begin the evening with and it boasted aromas of peach, apple and delicate citrus. It was light and refreshing and whet my appetite for the next offering: Freixenet Elyssia Rose from Spain. I found this one a little disappointing; it didn’t have much flavor. Even after pairing it with some strawberries and chocolate, it didn’t really jump out of the glass.

The next offering was the Piper Heidsick Cuvee Sublime from France. This was much sweeter and flavorful. It boasted a touch of violet, which was subtle and noticeable at the finish.

On to the Mumm Brut Prestige, Napa Valley. This had an almost creamy mouth-feel with pronounced a melon essence and a finish that lingered (in a good way) after your final sip.

Next up was the Perrier Jouet Grand Brut. It proved to be a lively wine with a subtle green apple and pineapple vibe that would be a great stand alone sparkler for toasting and enjoying throughout the night.

We finished with a Banfi Rosa Regale from Italy. This was a semi-dry wine that offered a sweet strawberry raspberry flavor. The color was a beautiful, light claret and it was good but very sweet.

Our choice: The Mumm Brut Prestige. Yum. I’m looking forward to popping the cork, sipping it slowly with some chocolate and strawberries and welcoming a brand new year.



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