Wino Wednesday: Toad Hollow Vineyards Risqué

I have been absent from The Little Red Heart for TWO WHOLE WEEKS, maybe  a little more. I had a fabulously low key Christmas with my husband for the first time since we were married and we went all out with a delicious, semi-traditional Italian feast. Overeating is what I call an understatement. Then we packed our blueberry, our blue Toyota Prius, and headed North to where you do not have to say Celsius or Farenheit because it is -40.

That’s right, we willingly drove around 16 hours to be in -40 temperature. I must love my family.

The trip there was totally uneventful and we made it in one piece to Minnesota. My family, Cody, and I had a lovely relaxed Christmas exchanging hand made gifts. Cody and I worked hard on them and they were all a hit.

Don’t you love it when someone loves something that you made them?

I, however, was so engrossed in each project that I took no pictures throughout, so you will have to take my word for it for now. 😉

On to the wine…

Review: Toad Hollow Vineyards Risqué

We traveled to Winnipeg for a wedding social, this is a dance that a soon-to-be married couple throws to make money for their wedding, for those of you that are unfamiliar, so anyone not from… Manitoba?

We saw old friends, made new, and boogied the night away.

There was no sparkling wine or Champagne at the social, so Cody and I rang in the new year by cracking a bottle of Risqué later in the evening.

This particular sparkling wine is near and dear to my heart, so I shall not be as unbiased as usual, because this is what we were drinking the night Cody proposed to me. {insert collective ahh}

Wino Wednesday: Review Toad Hallow RisquéTechnical Specs:

Varietal: Mauzac Blanc

Vintage: NV (Non-Vintage)

Appellation: Languedoc, France

Alcohol Content: 6%

Price: $15.99

Why I love to drink this wine: it is a slightly sweet, low alcohol bottle of bubbles that comes in a super cool swing-top closure bottle.

Oh so you wanted more…

Toad Hollow Risqué is a medium minus (not quite medium) sweet wine that is crisp and fruity with a decadent golden yellow color. Some may be put off by the slightly floral nose of Risqué, but that is escorted by beautifully light pears, crisp apples, and a touch of apricot that lightly bounces around your palate.

Risqué is a vin vivant, lively wine, that has a touch of sweetness that is subtle and graceful and accompanied by a lively but slight fizz. This particular sparkler is made in a process different from most other sparkling wines. Risqué, uses the Methode Ancestrale style which bottles the wine before the first fermentation is complete. When fermentation completes the wine is left softer, slightly fizzy, and lower in alcohol.

As Toad Hollow says, “The Toad Hollow Risque is the perfect Sparkler for the times that you want a sensuous wine, but can do without the alcohol content. The perfect drink for after dinner or for before something Risqué.”

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season and started out 2014 with a pop!

Oh and Toad Hollow has many other wonderful wines so pop over to their fairy talesque website here.

Love. Marisa

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