Sparkling Beaujolais… & Giveaway Winners!

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I do get the majority of my wine from The Traveling Vineyard. These boutique wines can’t be found in stores and are often 25-50% less than wines of the same quality. I’ve been spoiled; so it’s hard to find something as good at the same price point. {Plus, I’m helpin’ out the little guy. Love those small vineyards!} However, when a local wine shop had a sale on Sparkling Beaujolais, I had to jump on it. I just love me some bubbly and I didn’t know that Sparkling Beaujolais even existed!

First, a little lesson…

Let’s pronounce it correctly: BO-ZHO-LAY. It surprises me every time I hear someone talking about  BOO-jolais. Really? You would pronounce beau that way? C’mon, you know that word. If you pronounce beau like beau and not boo, you’ve got it. Congratulations! You are no longer drinking BOO-jolais! {Sorry, just a little pet peeve of mine.}

Beaujolais is a light, fruity red wine produced in the Beaujolais region of France. It is a made from the Gamay grape. Beaujolais Nouveau is released every November and should generally be consumed within six months to a year. They are meant to be drunk young and are simple, easy-drinking wines.

However, there are Beaujolais wines produced with depth and character. These wines can even benefit from some time in the bottle. However, that is not what we’re talking about here. Not at all. I knew that the Sparkling Beaujolais I purchased would be a simple, easy-drinking, quaffing wine, but with that bit of bubbly that I love so much…

Mommessin Gamay Fizz – a sparkling Beaujolais

I expected the wine to be pink, even though it’s made with red grapes. I don’t know why I was expecting a rosé. Maybe because Gamay is a thin-skinned grape? Maybe because many true Champagnes are made partially with Pinot Noir, also a thin-skinned grape.

But look at that gorgeous red deep purple color!

Because I like my bubbly with spicy food {the effervescence cleanses the palate with each sip}, we paired it with a Cajun sausage pasta that I made. {Yes, I do cook, not just eat out!}

Sparkling Beaujolais with Cajun Sausage Pasta

But the pairing didn’t work. The wine tasted like bubbly grape juice.

I know. Wine is made from grapes.

However, wine does not taste like grape juice. You know, the sweet concord stuff? Yes, that is what this tasted like.

Disappointment.

I know that at only 9% alcohol, I shouldn’t have expected much {most wines are between 11 – 15%}.

Still, The Traveling Vineyard‘s Fissata is only 5.5% alcohol and tastes much better.

Fissata Italian “red” Bubbly {darker than a rosé, but not as red as the Sparkling Beaujolais}

While I prefer drier wines, the Fissata is sweet, so I don’t drink it very often. However, I’ve always appreciated it for what it is. And it does nottaste like sparkling grape juice. It’s got character. I’d much rather offer the Fissata to guests. {It doesn’t hurt that it has such a cute label, either!} Unfortunately, the Fissata is unavailable until this fall. Luckily, I still have a bottle on hand for any sweet wine-drinking friends who may pop in…

Furthermore, I tweeted about the Sparkling Beaujolais the night that I opened it. My cousin tweeted back: “French Lambrusco?” Honestly, it’s been so long since I’ve had Lambrusco, that I can’t really compare. Actually, I think the Sparkling Beaujolais was much sweeter than Lambrusco, but also much more bubbly. Think Grape Juice + Sprite. Hey, I could make that myself. Better yet, I’d make Sangria instead.

What wine have you had that surprised you? (Good or Bad?)

And don’t worry. I didn’t forget! Lastly, the winners of the Wine Accessory Package Giveaway are:

Corkscrew, Set of 3 Acrylic Pourers, Stainless Steel Foil Cutter, and Crystal Cleansing Cloth

Mer and Kat!

Ladies, email me with your shipping information at Uncommon Wine at yahoo.  Thanks to all those who participated in the giveaway!

Cheers~
Carrie

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  1. Pingback: 2013 Beaujolais Nouveau Battle | Season It Already!

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