Tony As­pler

Plus a lo­cal brew that does a standup job stand­ing in for a Czech pilsner

Richmond Hill Post - - Contents - — Tony As­pler

My fa­ther used to go bal­lis­tic when­ever any­one men­tioned Mother’s Day. He used to say, “You ig­nore your mother 364 days a year and then you cel­e­brate her for one day?” Yes, we should cel­e­brate our moms ev­ery day of the year, but if you want to make her feel spe­cial on May 10, bring her break­fast in bed with some Prosecco.

Bot­tega Vino dei Poeti does a pink sparkling wine — their brut rosé ($13.45) — from the Veneto re­gion. This wine has a bou­quet of red berry fruit with flavours of straw­berry and rasp­berry along with some re­fresh­ing cit­rus acid­ity. It’s not la­belled as a Prosecco since, un­der the reg­u­la­tions, the bub­bly can only be made with white grapes. The prin­ci­pal Prosecco grape is an an­cient va­ri­ety called Glera, which can be blended with up to 15 per cent of other white grapes grown in the re­gion. Prosecco can no longer be blended into a rosé wine, such as a Rosecco, hence no ref­er­ence to Prosecco on Bot­tega’s sparkling rosé la­bel.

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