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New Simple Hedonisms Blogger to Attend Spain Cava Media Tour

By Nikki Lincoln

IMG_20120526_110830If you follow me or Simple Hedonisms on Twitter or Facebook, you may already know this, but I am honored to announce officially to the Simple Hedonisms readers that I have been selected by Wine Pleasures to be part of their Cava Blogger Team!

As you may have guessed by my post on South Africa, I love traveling as much as I love wine. I am very excited to be combining the two passions on a trip to the sparkling region of Spain. I've already popped a few bottles of Cava in the fridge and I'm looking forward to getting to know them more in the next few months as I prepare for this experience.

About the Trip

The program will be a week long experience visiting over 16 sparkling Cava wineries generic levitra canadian healthcare and immersing myself in the region. Cava is a region I'm not as familiar with and there is no better way to learn about somewhere new than to spend a week exploring it on your own. I'll also have the weekend following the trip to explore a little bit on my own. With great choices such as a day trip to Barcelona, a wine country bike tour, or a day tasting still wines – I don't know how I'm going to decide which activity to do!

What It Means to Me

As someone relatively new to the wine blogging world, I am so honored that the selection panel has invited me to join this tour. Since William asked me to join Simple Hedonisms, I have been working a lot on my wine education and taken every opportunity to continue to expand my palate and experience. I know this trip will allow me to do more of the same.

I am also very excited to spend some time with other wine bloggers. In the past couple of months, I have met a few others briefly so it will be very educational to spend a week engaging with my peers. Wine tasting is always more enjoyable with other and I know this group is bound to have a lot of insights.

I really cannot wait for this trip and I'm looking forward to find fun ways to share it with all of the Simple Hedonisms readers! The official Wine Pleasure announcement can be found here.

If anyone has been to Cava, I would love to hear about your experiences!

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Tasting Notes: N.V. (non vintage) Valdo Prosecco Brut

Prosecco has been making a comeback in the US, particularly in the East Coast. The sweet, poorly made stuff you would scoff now more commonly is an excellent value sparkling. I still find generally Cava, from Spain, to lead slightly, but have been en

joying many Prosecco’s these days, and some decent quality ones are widely available, and fun to grab as an aperitif.

Review: Non Vintage Valdo Prosecco – Brut (2011 review)

Made from 100% Glera (formerly known as Prosecco), bottle aged buy viagra canada for 6 months. Imported in the US by Pasternak Imports.

This Prosecco now seems to have good distribution, and is worth looking for.

To The Eye: Pale yellow, excellent tiny bubbles

On The Nose: Pear, green melon, bread yeast.

In the Mouth: Mostly

dry, creamy mouthfeel. Green apple and a hint of spice Nice finish.

Recommendation: Buy, Consume. A good apertif wine easily quaffed. 89 points.



Look later this week for the full Sparkling holiday guide, cheers!

Wine & Oysters, The Perfect Pairing (Enter to Win Tix to the Wine & Oyster Festival)

Guest post by Ed Thralls of WineTonite.

One of the coolest places, both literally and figuratively speaking, I have been since moving to wine country is Tomales Bay near Pt. Reyes, where I enjoyed the freshest oysters I have ever had.  This occurred over an entire beautiful sunny Saturday (it's often quite foggy and cold) amongst great wine and food friends like William Allen, who was gracious enough to allow me to guest post here on his blog.  This day left me with such joy and amazement, not to mention a serious sunburn, the wife and I have been on an oyster binge ever since.  Not only were the oysters themselves just fresh as can be plucked right out of the bay over our shoulders, but when paired with wine, it was truly one of the choicest life experiences to date.

Wines you should enjoy for a perfect oyster pairing include bubbles (Cava, Prosecco, Champagne, etc.), Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadet, Picpoul Blanc or anything that is crisp, minerally or has essence of ocean or brine.  But, nothing is stopping you from being creative and finding that perfect pairing for your palate.  On this particular day, the Muscadet brought by Nick (@fermented) and Katie stole the show and is often considered by many to be the “perfect oyster wine.”  Muscadet is from the western part of the Loire Valley in

France and are very fresh, crisp and can have a hint of brininess to them.  Personally, I prefer the bubbles.

Needless to say, my wife and I are now oyster and wine junkies and can often be found on Wednesdays or Thursdays at Hog Island Oyster Co. at the Oxbow Market in Napa.  This is why I want to let you in on this little secret, as if you already didn't know, and get an opportunity to try this perfect pairing yourselves if you're in Sonoma County in the middle of July.  The Vintage Wine Estates Tasting Room in Healdsburg is teaming up with The Oyster Girls to create some palate pleasing combinations on July 16th, 2011 from 1-5pm for only $25.  The Oyster Girls

are a traveling oyster bar that serves only local, fresh oysters from Tomales Bay.

This Price includes 6 oysters and 5 wines per person.  Full Disclosure: I work for Vintage Wine Estates and would love to have you join me in this cool culinary experience.  You can purchase tickets in advance HERE.

WIN a Pair of Complimentary Tickets

Comment here on the blog below about your most memorable wine pairing experience and we'll draw a random winner next Wednesday, July 13th at 5pm PT who will receive 2 complimentary tickets available via Will Call at the event.

Here's more information:

Vintage Wine Estates Tasting Room Presents the Wine & Oyster Festival

Join us for Oyster Fest!Join us Saturday July 16th, 2011 from 1:00p to 5:00p and enjoy intoxicating pairings of our award-winning wines with Tomales Bay oysters and luscious mignonettes. Learn the art of pairing wine and food through these palate pleasing combinations!

Check out these amazing pairings:

Pink & Sassy

Wine: 2007 Sonoma Coast Vineyards Blanc de Noirs Sea Fog Cuvee

Oyster: Golden Nugget Mignonette: Sassy Pink

Fresh Kiss

Wine: 2010 Windsor Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley

Oyster: Miyagi Mignonette: Classic Rice Wine

Purely Naked

Wine: 2010 Sonoma Coast Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Laguna Vista

Oyster: Golden Nugget Mignonette: Naked

Tropical Thrill

Wine: 2009 Windsor Sonoma Chardonnay Russian River Valley

Oyster: Golden Nugget Mignonette: Mango Chutney

Sweet Finale

Wine: 2009 Windsor Vineyards Muscat Canelli

Oyster: 2 Golden Nuggets Mignonette: Naked and Mango Chutney

Complemented by baguettes and cheese, plus music by the Rooster Blues Duo

Price includes 6 oysters and 5 wines per person. Must be 21 years of age or older.
Supply will be limited, advance ticket purchase strongly recommended. Day of ticket purchase subject to availability. For questions, please call us at 707.921.2893.

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