Bubbly for Your Boo

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Lovers of all kinds, but perhaps Prosecco lovers, might like to try today’s bubbly as a fun alternative. Riesling is no stranger to sparkling wine, with Henkell German sparkling a perennial favorite. Today’s wine comes from Argentina and is comprised of 80% riesling and 20% torrontes, Argentina’s well-known, brisk white grape. Amalaya Brut Nature is another product of the Hess Family’s investment in the Valle de Cafayate, Salta region, 6,000 feet above sea level! The wine is festive and a frugal way to toast your love in style.

 

Amalaya Brut Nature, Salta, Argentina $12 suggested retail price

 

Light gold in color. Aromas of white flowers, orange, pineapple, honey-laden yeast. (Will remind you of a beach escape!) Flavors include apple, melon, lime and sea salt. It’s very fresh with a soft mouth texture and delicate finish. Drink now.

 

88/100 points

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Arturo Ciompi

Trained as a classical clarinetist and conductor, Arturo plied his trade for many years in New York, performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, the American Symphony and countless chamber music groups. While living in Durham, Arturo became the wine manager at two iconic gourmet stores: Fowler’s in Durham and Southern Season in Chapel Hill. He had a wine spot on NPR in the ’90s and has been a continuously published wine journalist since 1997. He has won national awards for his work and is currently writing for Durham Magazine and its weekly blog, “Wine Wednesdays”. In addition, he loves teaching the clarinet. Read more on his website.

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