Ok, so I ripped off Brooklynguy with the title, and to add insult to injury this post features an industrial product from a big champagne house, but I'm gonna give him lots of links so I think he'll forgive me.
To celebrate nearly two weeks of terrific weather I opened the NV Piper-Heidsieck Rose Sauvage Brut. It sported a simple nose of raspberry toast, nice bitter persistency and a fine mouse on the palate - smooth and elegant, something the big houses are very good at. We picked up this bottle on our trip to France last year - funny how the wine scored higher AT the winery? Paired nicely with some grilled calamari smothered in a tomato-basil marinade.
cork. 12% alcohol
Price: €31.20 (winery)
I am a champagne amateur - for the real deal head over here. I promise not to do it again, Neil...(damn fine picture, though)