Sparkling wine or champagne? What's the difference? Well, it's a legal matter, baby (as The Who would have it). You see, all champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is champagne. Under French law, sparkling wine labeled as champagne can only be produced in the Champagne region of France. However, the good old USA didn't sign that agreement, so you will see many bottles produced in California, Washington state, and elsewhere labeled "champagne". (To make matters worse, they even taste like champagne! What nerve!!) These days, lots of countries produce sparkling wine, often labeled Spumanti in Italy, Cava in Spain, and just plain Sparkling Wine in Australia, the home turf of today's wine, Yellowtail White Sparkling Wine.
The robe of the Yellowtail White Sparkling Wine is "pale gold, glazed and shrunken". (Thank you, Jim Morrison!) The nose is pure Granny Smith apples, such a fabulous fruit for fall. The taste reveals more apples and a bunch of tropical fruits such as bananas, tangerines, and lemons, and the finish is clean as a whistle. This wine should be served ice-cold with oysters or shrimp with a spicy remoulade; we even had it with hot dogs just for fun. Website is http://www.yellowtail.com/, where you will be asked to submit your age and country of origin. Pick up a bottle legally soon, and you know:
LIFE IS TOO SHORT FOR MEDIOCRE FOOD!!!