Welcome back bubbly fans. Just a quick review today of my latest stop on the Tour of All Wines Sparkly. On my last visit to Trader Joe’s, I was restocking the prosecco supplies when I spied a different bottle on the shelf. Same price range as my beloved go to Zonin,so I picked up a bottle to try.
Fast forward to last night, movie in the dvd player, strawberries in the fridge begging for a dip. Out came our new friend Louise d’Estree. It poured into the glass with a nice healthy head of foam. I took my first sip and paused. This may be a personal preference issue, and I’m not educated enough on wine to give you specifics, but I very much prefer the Zonin. This one isn’t bad or unpleasant. Yet it lacks the light sparkle of Zonin. It also has a very slight hint of something bitter in the end notes. Again, not bad or unpleasant, but it doesn’t make me want to keep drinking it. I think it would be ok in a mimosa, but since it is the same price as Zonin and not equal or better in taste, I don’t see a reason to buy it again. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how many enjoyable bubblies there are in the $10 and under range, so I can afford to be a bit selective. If someone brought this as a hostess gift it would end up as mimosas. Otherwise, I don’t think it will make it into my shopping cart a second time.
Zonin, you are still my prosecco hero.