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Wine of the Week – La Crema Russian River Valley Brut Rose - $45

Dwight Casimere | 10/10/2019, noon
It's practically dessert in a bottle. Flavors of crisp Golden Apples, crushed wild straw, and hints of lemon meringue pie ...

It's practically dessert in a bottle. Flavors of crisp Golden Apples, crushed wild straw, and hints of lemon meringue pie make up the flavor profile of La Crema Russian River Valley Brut Rose. An outright steal at $45 a bottle, this California sparkler is made in the traditional method, which means that the wine receives its secondary fermentation right in the bottle and is allowed to age to its moment of perfection before it is released. The result is a splendidly flavorful and refreshing sparkling wine that is perfect for a lazy afternoon brunch or a light aperitif before dinner. Its also perfect for pairing with a variety of soft cheeses and

desserts. Most people think of Chardonnay or Pinot Noir when they think of Sonoma County's Russian River Valley, but La Crema is proving that the region is also capable of creating a really intriguing delicate wine, by combing the two (73% Pinot Noir, 27% Chardonnay), creating a sparkling wine that is perfect for the lighter type of fare that is now favored by millennials. Imagine it with Oysters on the Half Shell, Ceviche, Spicy Salmon Sushi Rolls, Thai Basil Shrimp, Lamb Kabobs, or Kung Pao Chicken. The exotic flavor combinations are endless.