We're starting to get into the territory of not being 100% sure if we're going to continue to be entertaining in the coming months. So, if that's the case, it's your time to make a lasting impression by bringing a bottle of bubbles to your next meet up. One that makes you look like you think the world of the host—even if you only think $17 of them.
Ok, so this has been a steal for ages: a nice, light mousse with a charming mix of wild strawberry and pomegranate seeds. It's balanced and fantastically drinkable. But they've redone the bottle and now it looks as good as it tastes. Seriously, this looks like the $560 Armand de Brignac's classier little brother! And $17 for any bottle of rosé is a deal these days.
Hester Creek has just done a full refresh/reimagination of all their labels, and they look amazing. Frankly, I'm concerned that they may have done too good a job on this bottle, their entry level sparkling that's an Okanagan take on classic prosecco, as it looks too nice for the price. Well that's your gain, dinner party guest. Inside the bottle is an odd but compelling combo of grapes—Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Semillon—but they strike a super approachable balance of off dry and stone fruit notes.
True story: earlier this summer a group of parents were celebrating our daughter's graduation with a send-off toast. One of the parents brought a lovely bottle of $74 Charles Heidsick, I brought a bottle of Bottega and guess which one every oohed and aahed over? I felt sorta bad, though not bad enough to come clean on what a steal my wine was. Bottega has emerged as one of the leading lights in higher-end prosecco for their ability to blend top-notch winemaking (this bottle has a lovely soft mouthfeel tempered with green apple notes), with stunning design.