Hey, did you hear I got nominated for a Saveur Best Food Blog Award? Yes, in the category of Best Wine or Beer Blog! This post was going to be about that exciting news. But certainly a fair number of people who haven’t read my blog before are going to discover it via Saveur. And they would be thinking, “Duh, I already know you’re nominated. That’s how I got here. What a crock!” So to new arrivals, welcome and thank you. Let’s get straight to the wine!
Long-time readers are already well-versed in my penchant for prose concerning sparkling rosé. Not only are they fun to look at as well as fun to drink, but sparkling rosés are some of the most food-loving wines on the planet. Everything from a serious seafood dinner to a leftover fried chicken afternoon picnic are made that much more romantic and/or delightful by a bottle of pink bubbles. Now certainly there are wonderful rosé Champagnes that will give you (and someone else) immense pleasure in the most life-affirming manner possible. But for a less costly alternative in French sparkling rosé, I am extremely fond of the 2010 Antech Cremant de Limoux “Emotion”.
Down in this part of Southern France, the Limoux region (map), they’ve been making sparkling wine FOREVER. Like, well before even the Champagne region: try 1531. (PS: Thank the Benedictine monks of Saint Hilaire the next time you enjoy sparkling wine.) A quick perusing of winesearcher.com shows it at an average cost of $12/bottle. Wowzers, that’s fantastic. The 2010 version, which I am currently enjoying, is a blend of 60% Chardonnay, 20% Chenin Blanc, 10% Mauzac, and 4% Pinot Noir. But don’t worry about the numbers. Just enjoy this pale, berry-tinged, dry rosé when ever you need a shot of emotion in your world.
And, speaking of emotion (see what I did there?), I certainly ran the gamut of emotions I have known (and not known) possible upon hearing I was nominated for a Saveur Best Food Blog Award. Voting runs until midnight, April 19th. Please vote! (The badge will also send you to the voting arena with a click.)
Billy Squier’s Emotion in Motion brought to you by Tim Yates. I deeply regret not being able to find an image with a Creative Commons license for “Lost in Emotion” by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, which I much prefer to Billy Squier.