No sooner did the Christmas tree needles hit the floor and stockings emptied, I began to notice yet another holiday thrust upon us. Reds, purples and pinks all in the shape of hearts were making their way to stores signifying the approach of Valentine’s Day.
I can’t think of another holiday where emotions run so high. Not even Christmas can compare with the night sweats or anticipation Cupid’s day can bring. In some it brings on the blues, in others panic and anxiety fretting over to gift or not to gift, or maybe bliss over the perfect display of affection and for the lucky ones like me, content in knowing you are with your true Valentine.
This Valentine’s Day, my husband and I will skip the over priced prix fixed menus and crowded dining rooms, opting to stay in and open a bottle or two of bubbly one of which will be one of the three Caposaldo Sweet Sparklings. If you’ve read any of my bubbly posts in the past you know I don’t save my fluted glasses for special occasions but drink it through out the year.
Sweet Red Sparkling (red bottle) Color is a festive deep garnet with tiny bubbles floating to the top. Delicate floral and berry aromas prepare the palate for sweet red berry and raspberry flavors. We paired this with thinly sliced prosciutto and Bellavitano Espresso Sartori. Checkout the cheese tab on my blog for a little more info on this cheese.
Appellation: Lombardy, Italy
Varietal: 55% Malvasia Nera, 45% Merlot
Acidity: 5.8 g/l
Residual Sugar: 75 g/l
Sweet Moscato (blue bottle) Color resembles golden straw and more tiny effervescent bubbles. Flavors of Sweet Asian pear, succulent peach and a hint of spice in the finish. We paired with mixed berry and Nutella handpies. I found the recipe on Folk Magazine online, one of my new favorite magazines.
Appellation: Lombardy, Italy
Varietal: 100% Moscato Bianco
Acidity: 6.2 g/l
Residual Sugar: 90 g/l
You’ll have to wait for the third bottle, Sweet Pink Moscato, a girl can only drink so much in one evening.
Caposaldo is known for producing iconic Italian wines, Prosecco, Chianti, Pinot Grigio and Moscato, at affordable prices. Moscato is one of the fastest growing wine categories with its appeal to a younger and casual wine drinker (please no harsh comments on this observation), it seemed logical to add a line of sweet sparkling wines.
Using an artisanal approach and modern technology all grapes are hand harvested and grown on the cool hills of northern Italy’s Lombardy region where the Alps provide shield from inclement weather while the vines benefit from a blend of white marl and chalk soil.
I expect as the left over Valentine’s products are being reduced in price, Easter will make its way to the shelves. After Easter, red, white and blue for Memorial Day and Fourth of July and Labor Day only to be followed immediately by Halloween, then Thanksgiving and once again Christmas. Sigh, it’s a vicious cycle. We may as well give into it but not without a glass full of bubbly.