Brut (Dry) versus Extra Dry

In reviewing Champagnes and Sparkling Wines you will see that some are Brut or Dry and Extra Dry. These terms reflect the sweetness of the wine and specifically the amount of sugar that is added during the second fermentation. Now logic would say that if Brut is dry then Extra Dry would be less sweet that the Brut/Dry! Not the case …… Extra Dry means that it is actually a little sweeter than the Brut/Dry! The following is a chart showing the levels of sweetness and the approximate amount of residual sugar per liter:

– Extra Brut or Brut Naturale: 0-6 grams of sugar per liter. (The driest … unsweetened) – Brut: less than 15 grams of sugar per liter. (Dry with no Sweetness)
– Extra Dry: 12-20 grams of sugar per liter. (Hint of sweetness or slightly sweet) – Sec: 17-35 grams of sugar per liter. (medium sweet)
– Demi-Sec: 33-55 grams of sugar per liter. (Sweet)
– Doux: More than 55 grams of sugar per liter. (Sweetest, very rare, and considered a dessert wine)

Now you know!!! Read the labels and you will know the level of sweetness in your Champagne or Sparkling Wine!


New Arrivals at Costco FO

Some new arrivals at the Costco FO:

-La Marca Prosecco $11.59
-Philosophy Prosecco $9.99
-Pierre & Paul Rose $12.99
-Four Graces Pinot Noir $22.99
-Canoe Ridge Block 6 Cabernet $19.99
-Piggio Stella Vino Nobile di Montepulciano $14.99
-Banif Brunello di Montalcino 350 ML $28.99

Those of these that have not been reviewed will be in the near future.


Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Block 6 2012

I know a lot of you have become fans of the Canoe Ridge Reserve Cabernet ($14.99). Now you have the opportunity to try a new offering from Canoe Ridge …. their Estate Cabernet Block 6! This wine has a bright red-ruby color and has aromas of raspberry, cassis, cocoa powder, and violet. It is sweet and silky on the palate, offering an alluring fleshy quality to its cassis fruit framed by an edge of acidity. Aged for 24 months in 100% French Oak, of which 50% are new, this wine delivers the full body and silky finish we all enjoy. With only 250 cases being produced we are fortunate to have inventory at the Costco FO if this beautiful wine. Priced at $19.99 it is well worth your investment. The wine is priced around $35 at other outlets ….. if you can find it!