Wine and Walnuts

A blog about eating, drinking, cooking and reading in the not so Deep South

New Favorite Value Bubbly: Ruffino Prosecco

Kimberly Houston | October 24, 2011

I was surprised to find this Ruffino Prosecco in my local Teeter, as I never even knew Ruffino made Prosecco.  Turns out they didn’t, until now.
You’ve probably seen the familiar Ruffino label in most major supermarkets, usually on a bottle of Chianti or similar. But Prosecco?  Who knew?
(Ruffino is an Italian winery founded in Tuscany [...]

Bubbly on a Budget: Freixenet Cordon Negro Extra Dry Cava

Kimberly Houston | January 6, 2011

I want to share this bargain bubbly with you because it’s tasty, it’s inexpensive, and it’s oh-so-easy to find.  Now of course, sometimes you want something a little more high-end and special, I get that, but this is for more everyday occasions — spur of the moment when you’re in the mood for sparkling wine, [...]

Great Holiday Wine: Saint-Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux Blanc de Blanc Brut 2007

Kimberly Houston | December 14, 2010

Saint Hilaire Limoux Blanc de Blanc Brut

An Excellent Yet Inexpensive Sparking Wine from France

I wrote about the 2005 vintage of this wine last December on the blog, and it’s so good and so well-priced it deserves accolades again this year; this time around you’ll likely  find the 2007 vintage when you shop for it.
The Saint-Hilaire [...]

This Bubbly Rocks: Saint-Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux 2005

Kimberly Houston | December 23, 2009

Aaah, ye olde holiday time, and we’re feeling festive. Break out the bubbly and all that.  My plan was to write a lengthy pre-New Year’s Eve post about Champagne Alternatives for $20 or less, and I may still.  But then, this.  A really delicious (and value-priced!) sparkler crossed my path, and if I were you [...]