It’s still the last gasp of Indian summer here, which means we’ve been enjoying some warm temperatures. And nothing is more satisfying for a weekend brunch, during a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, than some bubbly. But you don’t have to look for a French label! California provides some of the best in the world, and we’ve got one of them to tell you about. And while we’re talking about chilling out, we’ve got an early gift suggestion for you, a new way to make your drinks a little cooler.
Not all great sparkling wines are white- some of our favorites are rosés. Take, for example, the Ca’Momi Ca’Rosa Frizzante California Sparkling Wine. Pop the cork on this one and you’ll find bright, tangy strawberry and tropical fruit, with a little bit of orange blossom. Semi-dry, it’s just a step from brut, so pretty dry indeed- it’s a pretty balanced wine suitable for special occasion toasts, or drinking while enjoying some oysters. The winery also makes prosecco-style wines for those looking for something sweeter. A lovely pink, this one has a lasting finish- a bit much acidity for dessert, but good for sipping. A blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Muscat, it retails for around $18 a bottle.
And to keep it cool, check out the Corkcicle. Perfect for chilling a red to better serving temperatures, or for helping to keep a white wine cool for a picnic or outdoor patio feast, this is a pretty simple tool that’s nonetheless effective. Think of a whiskey rock, and you have the general idea- simply pop the Corkcicle in the freezer and take it out when you need it. You just pour a glass of wine (or a taste) from the bottle to make a bit of space, then can stick the icy stick into the bottle. Reds should be ready to go in about 15 minutes, which is enough time for some aeration as well. And whites already chilled can enjoy an extra hour or so of cooler temperatures. The Corkcicle is not dishwasher safe, and is made from BPA-free plastic that serves as a shell for thermal gel. The sealer tops can come in a variety of colors, or a classy cork. Available now for about $25 each, and a perfect stocking stuffer or gift!