What's the best time to drink bubbles if not at the end of the year? Why, then, resort to champange or red wines when there are so many pleasure-including Pétillant white wines that fit the season beautifully?
White wines can evoke the same comforts as the most opulent reds nd can match surprisingly well with the heartier fare of Christmas and New Year's Eve. They show very few flaws, and they're only easy, approachable, and refreshing, but they share a sort of joyousness, a lack of pretension, and are intended to be enjoyed with relish rather than sipped with contemplation.
Our favorite is the Skillogalee Sparkling Riesling NV from Australia. Those who had the chance to taste it at the Food & Wine club's event in December in Saigon will easily understand why, here at Bliss Saigon, we are so keen on it. More than a Naturel's Pétillant white, this wine is almost like a Champagne. This Riesling has a gold color with nicely sized bubles, with a rich body and texture, strong spiciness and aromatics, some crispness and minerality singing the siren songs better than Circe herself. Fizzy and fun, the Skillogalee Sparkling Riesling NV matches classic Riesling notes of fruits and flavours of honey and toast with a persistent crisp and dry finish, the unmistakable and unique touch of Riesling. Spicy food, cured meats, or something salty will pair tremendously with it. This special wine should be opened and enjoyed cold, in one sitting, and with friends-its charms are many but, alas, ephemeral.
Skillogalee is making some fantastic wines out of the Clare Valley in Australia renowned for its fine Riesling. Varietals range from Riesling to Shiraz to Liqueur Muscat. Handcrafted boutique wines by father and son, this winery was established in the early 1970s and their first wines was released in 1976. After only 2 years, their Riesling won some major awards, putting them on the map. Planted on stony soils with eastern-facing slopes, the grapes that Skillogalee produce are hand-tended to and hand-picked. Yields are low, and small batches of taken-care-of-wine are what you will taste in every bottle.
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By: Bliss Saigon