LCBO Sale Pick of the Week: Sept. 18

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Codorniu Seleccion Raventos Pinot Noir Sparkling (Spain)

Sale $14.45, Regular $15.95
Discount (until Oct. 12): $1.50
LCBO # 370080 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: If you could drink a Katy Perry concert, this is it (but not nearly as sweet).
Pairs with: Chips and onion dip, Bits & Bites, popcorn and truffle salt, seafood ceviche, steak frites, BBQ, salmon, steak tartare, crab legs, fish tacos… etc.
Good for: Impromptu dinner parties with people you really like.
Drink this: Now.
Alcohol: 12%

Why we're drinking this
We’re big fans of sparkling wine, and not just for occasions. We keep a couple on hand at all times. Often, given the choice to continue drinking a sparkler with the meal or switching to still wine, the consensus is “more bubbles please!” This wine is a Cava from Spain—Cava being the name given to wines from (mostly) the Catalonia region of Spain that are made using the “traditional” method that is also used to make Champagne. It’s a delightful sparkler.

Tasting note
The light salmon colour is immediately inviting. That’s the Pinot Noir skins giving just a little blush of colour. The wine is super dry, crisp and delicately perfumed with a hint of strawberry and red fruit. There’s plenty of acid, but it’s not austere. This makes it very refreshing. The finish tightens up a bit, with a nice palate-cleansing bitter edge. It’s not a complex wine, just a simple and very quaffable sparkler that’ll jazz up any gathering. Just find an excuse to open a bottle, and enjoy. Repeat as needed.

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Codorniu Seleccion Raventos Pinot Noir Sparkling | kwäf LCBO Pick September 18

This week's selection by kwäf Taste Bud  Dick Snyder