Monthly Archives: May 2012

Twisted Fork Grille – St. Paul


I really wanted to like this place...

We almost missed the place driving up because it at first appears that it’s the Green Mill. There is an awning next to the Green Mill sign that indicates that it is indeed the Twisted Fork Grille, but it’s quite confusing. Even more puzzling is that our credit card statement read “Green Mill” when the charge for our dinner at Twisted Fork posted. There is nothing on Twisted Fork’s website indicating that it is owned by Green Mill. Huh.

Upon arrival, we took seats at the bar, as we often like to do. We were told that a server would be right with us. While we waited, we perused what was on tap. What? A Blackberry Pear Cider? I’ve never heard of such of thing!

It had our names on it.

(Well, not literally.)

But… unfortunately, they were out. 😦 So, Rob ordered a pint of the Fulton IPA (an excellent local standby). I settled on some bubbly, since they offered Prosecco by the glass!

The bar set-up was really strange. There was no bartender. {At least there wasn’t one that night.} So all the servers had to get their own drinks; and they seemed to be bumping into each other all the time. In addition, they must have a strict rule about not ringing up another server’s customer, because when one couple sat down at the bar, one of the other servers said, “I’ll get your server.” She didn’t offer to get them a drink while they were waiting. Now that I think about it, the same thing happened to us. We were told someone would be right with us and weren’t even offered a drink, a menu or even a water. I sat at the end of the bar, not realizing that this was near the water pitcher station. The ptichers were slammed down often as servers would pass by in a hurry and it actually made me jump a couple of times!

I will say that once our server did come around, she was very pleasant, attentive and helpful. When Rob got his beer, the pint glass was HOT, as if it had just been washed. Not a very enjoyable way to drink a beer. {Although beers served in chilled glasses is incorrect as well and a huge pet peeve! I want to actually taste my beer, thank you very much. Did I mention that I’m a beer snob?} He did order another beer later, this time by the bottle:

Old Rasputin Imperial Stout

When I checked out the menu online, there were soooo many things I couldn’t wait to try!. However, once I got there, I wasn’t really that hungry. Or maybe it was just that nothing was calling my name. Or maybe it was the fact that I just did a run. Eventually, I debated between the chicken and mushroom risotto, the beef brochettes and the ancho chicken salad. Our server instead recommended getting the Veggie Risotto and adding chicken. It was one of her favorites and she ate it this way all the time. I love these kind of recommendations. DONE.

Rob wanted the Steak and Eggs with Hashbrowns because on the menu it is listed under BREAKFAST ITEMS SERVED ALL DAY. However, we learned after 3pm, they no longer serve hashbrowns. And since Rob is not a fan of the other option – baby reds {I know! He’s crazy!} – he had to pick something else. And it was quite a limited menu for Rob. He eventually chose the Rosemary-Garlic Steak. It was a flat-iron steak, which isn’t Rob’s favorite cut, so he was a little apprehensive.

AND? What did we think?

Veggie Risotto with chicken added

The risotto was very good, but not great. The roasted red pepper sauce underneath, however, was divine! For me, it made the dish. The veggies were not in the risotto as I had assumed, but on the side. However, they were seasoned well and cooked perfectly – not too mushy. The chicken was good, but a little dry and crispy on the edges. {Who am I kidding? Since I’ve met Rob, I’ve lost the art of cooking a chicken breast.}

Garlic-Rosemary Flat-Iron Steak

The steak was cooked perfectly to medium rare as Rob requested. But he was pleasantly surprised that it was was pretty darn tasty and lean! And yes, those are baby reds on his plate. {I had to steal one or two.} And I was in utter shock when he told me how much he loved the sautéed greens. I can’t get him on board to eat these things at home! 😉

We concluded that they really do know how to do their vegetables here!

We did order dessert to split, too:

Ancho Diablo Chocolate Cake

Rob liked it more than I did. To me, there was something faux about it. Though I did like the ganache and the cinnamon whipped cream.

There is one more plus about this place: They vacuum seal their wines. There is nothing worse than ordering wine by the glass for $10 and getting a wine that’s been open for days. I usually won’t order wine by the glass at a restaurant if this is not practiced. {More on this in an upcoming post, which will include a giveaway!}

So, would we go back? Probably not. The food was pretty good and our server was attentive and helpful. However, it was such a weird set-up that I think it would have Robert Irvine shaking his head. There are just too many other restaurants to try and too little time!

Have you ever been pleasantly surprised by something you ordered?


Is Your (Wine) Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty?


I’ve heard a few times lately about people feeling cheated on their wine pours when ordering by the glass in restaurants. The truth is… Wine should not be filled up to the rim of your glass!


Generally speaking, a glass of wine should only be filled about halfway or less to give you the full experiencing of enjoying the wine. You want to be able to tilt the glass to look at the color, swirl the wine to watch the legs fall and open up the bouquet to release the aromas of the wine. If the glass is filled much further than that, you risk spilling it everywhere when titling and swirling.


In fact, some say that the perfect pour is a wine glass filled only to the widest part of the bowl:


Furthermore, some say that for white wine, a glass should be poured only a third of the way to reduce the risk of the wine warming up too much in the glass:

Keep your white wine chilled!

I repeat: your wine glass should never be filled more than half full!

You’ll find that restaurants incorrectly serving to the rim are often sports bars, taverns or other establishments that aren’t really serving wine to pair with food or are just offering cheap wine to have another beverage option. {In addition, the wine is often served at the wrong temperature, but I’ll save that for another post.} Furthermore, these joints are most likely serving in a smaller glass that would need to be filled to the brim in order to provide more than just a taste anyway.

In general, most restaurants serve four to five ounce pours. This is why you may sometimes see your glass less than half-full, depending on the size of the glass. Some establishments will even list their pour size on the menu, while others will offer half-pours or flights so that you have the opportunity to try more than one wine.

A 750 ml bottle of wine is approximately 25 ounces. This is why the five-ounce pour is common – five glasses equals one bottle. However, in our house, our pours are generally six ounces. Why? Six ounces per glass yields about four glasses per bottle. If Rob and I stuck to five-ounce pours, we’d always be fighting over that fifth glass! And you wouldn’t want that. 😉 But you know what we found? If we use our Traveling Vineyard Grapeman wine glasses…

Grapeman Glass

We can get four perfect glasses out of every bottle if we fill each glass just like this:

The pour for 4 perfect glasses!

Sparkling wine is a different story. It should always be served in a Champagne flute:

Champagne Flute

Why a flute? Let’s think about what is unique about sparkling wine – the carbonation. The thin shape of the flute will showcase the bubbles as they glide up the long glass. In addition, more flutes can fit on a serving tray than other glasses. {Very helpful at a dinner party or reception!}

Look at those bubbles!

You’ve also probably seen the coupe glass {and have heard the tale of it being designed after Marie Antoinette’s breast}.

Coupe Glass

While this glass was popular in the first part of the 20th century, it is not the preferred glass these days. Why? The bubbles in it quickly dissipate because they have no where to go. In addition, it is easier to spill and will not keep the chill that a tall flute will.

How much sparkling wine should be served in a flute? I’ve found that a glass filled two-thirds to three-fourths full – about three to four ounces – is pretty standard. {It really depends on the size of the glass and the restaurant’s standard pour.} That is why if bubbly is presented by the glass, it’s a good beverage choice calorie-wise at only about 100 calories for four ounces.

Sparkling Wine Pour

However, a split of bubbly is about six ounces:

Single serving bottles are called splits.

While it the responsibility of the restaurant to keep your glass full if you have ordered a bottle, the drawback is that it can be hard to judge how much you’ve had if you are caught up in the meal and the conversation. {However, the more casual places noted above usually won’t fill it for you.}

After reading up a bit on the subject, I found that, generally speaking, a server should wait to refill until your glass is less than one-third full. And don’t be offended, because well-trained servers won’t interrupt your conversation to ask if you’d like more. Some may hesitate just before pouring to wait to see if the diner objects. You can always wave your hand over the glass if your server comes to the table and picks up the bottle with the intent to pour for everyone. Still, I’ve found that most places where I dine do ask if we’d like more before pouring. {Maybe I’m not dining at the fanciest of restaurants.}

The premise is that if the server isn’t refilling your glass, you may drink more slowly. You may be reluctant to pour for yourself if everyone isn’t on pace with you. And if it’s just you and your date, you may end up with wine left in the bottle after you’ve finished your meal. Many states, including Minnesota, now have laws that allow you to take leftover wine home. The details and regulations vary from state to state in order to coincide with open-container laws. If you’d like to check out what the laws are in your state, check out the Wine Doggy Bag.

And while open bottles are not often taken home, I highly recommend considering it to ensure that you have the highest quality wine. At most establishments, you don’t know how long a bottle of wine you’ve ordered by the glass has been open. It’s also a better value when it’s half-priced bottle of wine night!

Do you order by the glass or the bottle?


The Happy Gnome – St. Paul


In early April, my friend Jared was starting a new part-time job at the Urban Olive & Vine – a restaurant, bar, coffee & tea shop, music venue and specialty store in Hudson, Wisconsin. He is a Certified Wine Professional, but wanted to learn more about beer so that he would be able to appropriate suggest beers when they were ordered. {He’s never really been a beer drinker.}

So knowing that we are beer snobs, he naturally asked us to teach him a little.

My husband chose The Happy Gnome in St. Paul as our classroom. This lively place does not only have over 75 craft brews on draft, but also a wide selection of bottled beers and wine. The draft beer menu is printed on easily disposable folded sheets of paper because the array of beers can change daily.

Beer Menu

The beers are listed in different categories. When we were there, they were listed by the following:

  • Looking for something Lighter?
  • Looking for something with Depth?
  • Looking for something Hoppy?
  • Looking for something Double Hoppy?
  • Looking for something Malty/Sweet?
  • Looking for something Delicious?
  • Looking for something Fruity?
  • Looking for something Belgian-y?
  • Looking for something Unique?

Each beer lists the state in which it is brewed, the alcohol content, the size (and price, of course), as well as a description. Even people who don’t know beers well can be steered in the right direction. If you can’t decide, you can order a flight of a half dozen of any beers on the menu! And if you have a favorite, make sure you get a second or come back soon before it runs out…

Rob and I arrived early, so we sipped a couple of new-to-us beers while we looked over the beer menu to find something for Jared to sample. I seriously thought Rob would find a good sampling of different types to showcase the color, body, aroma, flavor and style – just like wine. I expected that he would want to illustrate the differences between a lager and an ale, or a porter and a stout. I guessed that he would choose maybe a lager, an IPA, a Beligan, a porter, a stout and maybe something else unique with a distinct flavor.

But Rob decided skip Beer 101 and went right to Beer 202! I think he just wanted to pick some fun ones!

Jared’s Beer Flight

I no longer remember which beers are which, but they included the following:

  • Two Brothers Cane and Ebel (red rye) – (IL)
  • McNeills Warlord Imperial IPA – (VT)
  • Boulder Mojo on Nitro (IPA) – (CO)
  • Tyranena Rocky’s Revenge (brown ale aged in bourbon barrels) – (WI)
  • Southern Tier Crème Brûlée Stout – (NY)
  • New Belgium Cocoa Molé (spiced up ale) – (CO)

Seriously? How was he going to learn anything with all of these specialty beers? I know, I know. They are really good picks. In fact, when I was looking for a recommendation {the list can be overwhelming!}, our server suggested the New Belgium Cocoa Molé. Just the words “New Belgium” made me apprehensive. Contrary to popular opinion, I am not a fan of the Fat Tire Amber Ale nor the Ranger IPA by New Belgium Brewing. There’s just no character there. Okay, so get over it. I told you I’m a beer snob! In any case, he knew exactly what I was thinking and after describing it a bit a further, convinced me to give it a try.

We sampled a lot of beer that night including:

  • Surly Darkness (Russian Imperial Stout) – (MN) – local! We love our Surly!
  • Founders Breakfast Stout – (MI)
  • Surly Five (sour) – (MN)
  • Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree (DIPA) – (MI)

But my favorite ended up being the:

New Belgium Cocoa Molé!

Way to go, New Belgium! You found flavor!

New Belgium Cocoa Molé – “Spiced up ale full of cocoa and ancho, guajillo, chipotle peppers. But don’t fear the heat, because penty of caramel and chocolate malts bring a a smooth, complex” {Okay, so they didn’t finish the sentence here. They must have been too busy drinking the beer.}

You know those trendy chocolates now that have chiles in them? That’s what it reminded me of! But waayyyy better. I mean, it is beer after all. And after I read the description, I remembered that I had first had guajillo chilies just a week prior and fell in love with them then. My, oh my… this is one well-seasoned beer!

And food? This is not pub grub. It is pure gastronomic heaven. Just check out the menu online to see what I mean.

We started with the:

(Jumbo) Tater Tots

Rob ordered:

Angus Cheeseburgercrispy onion straws, garlic aioli

I ordered:

Merguez Sausagecannellinis, egg, harissa

Jared ordered:

Grilled Lamb Chops – rapini polenta, salsify, asparagus, black olive

While Jared really enjoyed his lamb chops, overall, the food was not as impressive as the first time Rob and I had entrées there. {We ordered the scallops and beer-braised short ribs, which were on their winter menu.} But that’s okay. This is still the place in the Twin Cities for craft beer on tap. In addition, there are still a few things on the menu that intrigue me. Has anyone had the Fried Vegetable Juicy Lucy?

What is your favorite style of beer?


Running/Active Streak


Happy Memorial Day!

On this day of remembrance of all those who have sacrificed for our nation’s freedom, let’s practice those freedoms. You have the freedom to run wherever you’d liked to run. You have the freedom to be active in order to live the best life you’d like to live.

Today starts something I learned on the blog katieRUNSthis. It is a 38-day running streak organized by Runner’s World Magazine. The goal is to run at least one mile per day from Memorial Day through the 4th of July.

If you are NOT a runner, DON’T stop reading!

Since I am new to running and know that even one mile is still a significant amount for me. I need those rest days. So I’ve decided that I’m going to walk that mile on my rest days.

Am I cheating?


Is it truly a Running Streak then?


But the key is to keep active. I believe this Run Streak has been practiced in the past between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I can’t find the deets right now. The premise was to keep people active during the busiest time of the year when we seem to have trouble fitting fitness into our lives.

Let’s not waste this summer!

Let’s take advantage and get it off to an active start! Since I know not all my friends and family are runners, join me instead in an ACTIVE STREAK. Do 30 minutes of activity every day from Memorial Day through the 4th of July.

If you are on Twitter, you can post your progress with #RWRunStreak (if you are running at least one mile per day) or #ActiveStreak (if you are active for at least 30 minutes per day). You can also follow me on Twitter at UncommonWine.

So who’s in!?

I’d love to hear about your progress!


Salut Bar Américain – St. Paul


Brunch anyone?

Sure, my husband doesn’t do brunch. However, he was accompanying me to my first 5k, so I wanted to treat him after the race. I’d been essentially running on my own. I run on the treadmill; I run outside – by myself. I’ve been reading a lot of runners’ blogs and there’s always talk about how other people have kept them going during their races. There are stories about the fact that someone’s conversation was the only thing that got them through the race.


What conversation?

I can’t imagine talking to anyone during a run. I’m not even sure how to control my breathing yet! Maybe I’m running too fast? But I’m so slow that I’m not sure I can go much more slowly. So other than the wonderful support from friends, family and even unknowns out on the world wide web, I’m doing this alone.

But Rob came with me that day to support me. He agreed to get up early, to drive me to the race with a coffee stop en route, to help figure out the logistics upon arrival, to keep me company until the race started, and to stick around 38:54 more minutes to take my photo as I crossed the finish line.

I can’t tell you how much his support means to me!

So despite his aversion to brunch, I wanted to take him out for a little something after the race. Besides, it was still early. Would it even really be brunch yet? 😉

After the race, I was in the mood for some eggs, sausage and toast. I was itchin’ to find a diner nearby! Without any luck, we kept searching for something. We even tried using an app on my phone to find anything. We were I was hungry! We did find a couple of places, but they weren’t open yet. We finally turned onto Grand Avenue knowing that we would surely find a bite here.

We stopped at Salut Bar Américain. I’d been here a few times before, but I believe at the Edina location. As a francophile, it’s a fun little place to check out. Menu items include traditional and cliché French cuisine, sometimes Americanized. I love the oyster bar, too!

But I had never been there for brunch.

Luckily, the brunch was not buffet style, just a specific menu.

Hmm… What to order?

While we waited for our orders, the following was brought to the table:

amuse bouche: one-bite smoothie on a spoon (or that’s what I called it!) 


corn muffins

I love me some corn bread or a good corn muffin, but these were just okay.

My post-race meal:

French County Omelette: pit Ham, onion, swiss cheese

Okay, I think what I needed was a good greasy spoon instead. This did not satisfy. I know they aren’t always trying to go for traditional French here, but if they were in this omelette’s case, they missed the mark. It was more a big fluff of egg with way too much ham and a little melted cheese. And onion? What onion?

That’s okay! There was a consolation prize:

A flaky mini croissant!

This little croissant made my meal. Oh la la!! It was supposed to come with my omelette, but didn’t. We had to ask for it. Rather, Rob did for me. So they brought us two… and I just may have eaten that second one as well. 😉

Did you know a mini croissant is only 114 calories? Not as bad as I thought!

Rob’s breakfast was to die for!

Petite Croque Madame: classic open-faced ham & cheese with fried egg


This quickly became…

THIS! (Okay, so I helped.)

Accompanying the sandwich was a side of fries with:

Sauce Américain (aka ketchup)

Despite all this food, we did end with some dessert! Unfortunately, both desserts looked better on paper. My profiteroles were disappointing (although I’ve only had them in France) and Rob said his ice cream just wasn’t anywhere near as good as Izzy’s!

All of that being said, there are a lot of fun things on the menu we want to give a try! Before this brunch, we had talked about going back anyway. I do love the French schtick that is the Salut Bar Américain!

What is your favorite French restaurant or favorite brunch place?


Groveland Tap – St. Paul



One Sunday, after we had a cheese plate at Scusi in St. Paul, my husband wanted to wander over to Groveland Tap to check out their beer selection. It was right next door.

Both Scusi and Groveland Tap are both part of the Blue Plate Restaurant family. We attempted to try out another Blue Plate Restaurant, Longfellow Grill, during Restaurant Week without any luck. I’d also been to the Edina Grill a few years back. And The Lowry is on our list for the future because we have a Groupon to use!

But the trip to Groveland Tap was spontaneous.

We walked in to find a seat at the bar. We walked past all of the stools to the back, but none were empty. There were, however, a bunch of high-top tables in the back. A little strange, I’d say, because high-tops are usually saved for the bar area. Maybe this is the bar area? It was hard to tell because there were kids there, too. The place seemed very family friendly.

The place stunk like a fish fry. The menu showed a fish fry special on Friday. It was Sunday.

Daily Specials – only in MN will you find them for Goulash or Tot Dish!

The menu was very informative. In addition to food choices was a history of the building as well as a note that the space had just been renovated after a small fire. No one would know. This place had the feel of a dive bar.

The chalkboard list of beers was impressive with over fifty beers on tap! Rob saw one we hadn’t tried before: the Lucid Camo. This is an Imperial IPA from a new craft brewery out of Minnetonka, Minnesota.

What?! Why hadn’t we heard of this yet?

The verdict? A perfect, bitter, hoppy, strong Imperial IPA. We are proud that Minnesota’s high quality craft brewery industry is growing! We are beer snobs and want the best!

Side note: Of course, since it was early April that we found Lucid at the Groveland Tap, we’ve actually found it in a bar/restaurant “south of the river” since then. We’ve been there more than a few times now, so watch for an upcoming post!

mmm… beer!

I tried the Millstream Backroad Stout. I always like a good, chocolatey stout for dessert. 😉 Other taps of note included a nitro and a Honey Crisp Cask Cider. Not kidding! We didn’t see that one until we were walking out the door…

To go with the beer, we had to have some Beer Snacks!

We tried the Welsh Rarebit. This is something I’ve never had before. I’ve always thought it was rabbit. I guess I’ve just always read it too quickly. But aged cheddar on pretzel bread sounded just fine to me. I’m a Wisconsin girl, afterall… and one of German heritage.

Welsh Rarebit (NOT rabbit)

By this time, the fish fry smell was no longer noticeable. Maybe, if you work there, you get so used to that aroma that you don’t realize it’s a rather strong smell that hits customers’ noses at the door…

Rob, the burger guru, also had to try the Juicy Lucy. For those of you not in Minnesota, a Juicy Lucy is a hamburger patty with cheese inside! What’s not to love? Both Matt’s Bar and the 5-8 Club in Minneapolis claim the creation as their own.

Groveland Tap’s Juicy Lucy

Rob’s Verdict: “It’s right on par with Matt’s, The Nook and Gossip’s. All four are quite good.”  But you have yet to find out Rob’s favorite!

Cajun Fries on the side

The spice of the cajun fries was good, but they needed a little salt. Luckily, there was French Fry Salt on the table!

French Fry Salt & Pepper


…we didn’t realize how big the shaker holes were…

So we ended up dousing the fries in waaaayyyyy too much salt. 😦 Oh well. Lesson learned.

Another item of note: There was chalkboard list of Red Zinfandels! We absolutely love real red zinfandels for their big, bold, fruit forward, yet spicy characteristics. And while we’d probably stick to beer at this place, it’s nice to know that the Groveland Tap goes beyond your basic House Cab and Chardonnay options.

Will we be back? Most certainly if we are in the area! There are a lot of fun, local menu items as well as so many craft beers, but so little time…

What is your favorite craft beer?



Bubbly – A Beverage or a Characteristic?


How about a little bit of both?

This post has been in the works! It’s all about the…


Here are some definitions of the word that I found:

1. Full of or producing bubbles: a bubbly drink; a bubbly soap. – uh really?
2. Resembling bubbles: big, bubbly clouds. – even more obvious!
3. Full of high spirits; effervescent: bright, bubbly children. – true dat!
4. Champagne – I will get to this in a minute…
5. lively; animated; excited a bubbly personality – Now that’s what I was looking for!
6. full of, producing, or characterized by bubbles – uh… duh… but I guess they need to do this…
7. lively; effervescent; enthusiastic: the bubbly spirit of those early movie musicals – that about sums it up!
There’s something about a little bit of bubbly… One little glass of sparkling wine can:
  • make you feel special
  • make you stand a little taller
  • make a gal feel a little sexier
  • make any occasion more special

There’s something about those light, airy bubbles that lifts our spirits and makes us feel more alive. While Champagne is sadly offered at only the most special of events, consider this: If you offer a little bubbly on any occasion, you will elevate it to that next level. The event or celebration will become more festive, more distinguished, more memorable. But never stuffy. How can you do anything but smile with a flute of that nectar of the gods (or winemakers) in your hand?

Personally, I do love me some bubbly; however, my husband is not a fan, so we never have it at home. If I’m going to indulge in it, it has to be with girlfriends other friends {sorry, Jared!}.  Or it has to be at a place that serves it by the glass. Luckily I’ve been finding more places that do that and have recently enjoyed it here and here. It’s also great in cocktails such as I’ve found here and here and here.

On the day of my first 5k, I had scheduled a Wine Tasting to attend conduct that evening. Oh how I love my job! I told Rob that upon my return, I’d be ready to open a bottle of wine. {Naturally. I mean, I had been laying off of it the days leading up to the race. It was time to celebrate!}

He said, “Okay. So what would you like?”

“Some bubbly to celebrate!” I exclaimed.

“But we don’t have any.”

“We do! We do! There is a bottle in the fridge… I just haven’t find anyone to drink it with me!”

Little did I know that when I returned that evening, this would be waiting for me:

Moet & Chandon Imperial Champagne

What a surprise!

The funny thing is, he had it planned all along! He knew that he wanted to do something special the night of my first 5k… and that I’d been begging him to enjoy some Champagne with me. So instead of popping the bottle of bubbly in the fridge, he went out and got REAL Champagne {it must be from the Champagne region of France and adhere to rigorous standards to be considered such}, rather than just some “bubbly”.

Too bad I only got a picture of the empty bottle above. I was just too excited and swept off my feet to even think of taking a picture of the candles, music and bottle of Champagne chillin’ in a bucket for me when I got home. I don’t know if a picture would convey the mood anyway. I was smiling from ear-to-ear. After the initial surprise, we put the scene on pause to go out and get a quick bite to eat while the Champagne finished chilling. 🙂

When we got back, Rob opened the bottle. The bubbles were effervescent, climbed the glass quickly and were smaller and more numerous than I could remember that I’d had in a long time. And get this…


“This is the best Champagne I’ve ever had!” he exclaimed.

Maybe he was just swayed by the ambiance… the lack of sports in the background, the cell phones silented and the computers unplugged. Mood can change everything. Champagne has a part in that! Or maybe… he just has expensive taste…

Do you see what I mean? A little bubbly can make any occasion more special. While I prefer the drier stuff, checkout the Fissata, a sweet effervescent Italian bubbly that pleases nearly everyone. It’s sweet, but not cloyingly so because the bubbles cleanse the palate with each sip. This wine will only be available through June 15th, as it’s too delicate to ship in summer heat:

Fissata Rosa Condole Mosto Parzialmente Fermentato da Uve Rosso, Italy

From the Italian, “to be fixated upon something”, our Fissata is a wine that conveys the feeling when you discover something new and want to share your passion for it with everyone you know. It’s fizzy, fruity, and fantastic — perfect on its own or with a decadent dessert.

What do you like best about Sparkling Wine?