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lactose intolerant cheeselover Jan 18, 2007 11:08 PM

I'm looking for a white wine with a gentle - not full-fledged - bubbles. Preferably something a bit floral. Any suggestions?

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    kenito799 RE: lactose intolerant cheeselover Jan 18, 2007 11:17 PM

    moscato d'asti sounds like what you want...
    vinho verde also, but that's more citrus than floral.

    1. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: lactose intolerant cheeselover Jan 19, 2007 12:46 AM

      Moscato d'Asti is exactly what you're looking for. It has just a light bit of bubbles, a tantalizing floral aroma that may have you tempted to dab it behind your ears, and a little bit of sweetness. It's a pretty reliable style of wine- whatever brand your Friendly Local Wine Store recommends, go with that one.

      1. litchick RE: lactose intolerant cheeselover Jan 19, 2007 12:50 AM

        I second Kenito799's rec: many vinho verdes have nice fizz. And though I've had lots of good mid-priced ones, I have to say my fave is the vinho verde from Trader Joes, in the tall green bottle and black label called, simply, "Vinho Verde." It's about $3.99/bottle, which is kinda mindblowing considering how good it is.

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          ChewFun RE: lactose intolerant cheeselover Jan 19, 2007 01:57 AM

          It's not easy to find anymore, but there is a kind of Prosecco that fits the bill. Most Prosecco found in this country has a lot of bubbles. There is also a somewhat still version that used to be more common.

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            Robert Lauriston RE: ChewFun Jan 19, 2007 02:33 AM

            Sounds good but I've never encountered that, either here or in Italy. Where did you have it?

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              ChewFun RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 19, 2007 01:44 PM

              Well, I haven't had it for about 5 years. I used to have a lot of friends from Padova in the 80s and that was typically what they drank. They had brought it over to L.A. in the mid 80s. I guess I was an early adopter for Prosecco. At the time, that was generally the kind that you found in the shops here, if you found it at all. When I visited them in Padova, that was also the kind that the bars served. As I said, I haven't seen it for a while.

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                kenito799 RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 19, 2007 03:11 PM

                I think some proseccos are less intensely fizzy. The fizziest will have a champagne-style cork and cage, but some styles have a cork with a string--obviously less pressure is expected, likely less fizziness.

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                  Sam B RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 19, 2007 04:30 PM

                  There is a style of Prosecco referred to as Frizzante (as opposed to all out spumante) bottled at approximately 1/2 the usual pressure. I believe that it also tends to lean toward the sweeter end of the spectrum. K and L carries the Ruggeri - one of the best producers in the DOC

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                    ChewFun RE: Sam B Jan 19, 2007 06:04 PM

                    For Prosecco, if the cork is tied down somehow (string or cage) then it is very frizzy, but there are Proseccos (which I haven't seen for about 5 years) that just have a regular cork. They are lightly frizzy. I think I might have bought it at A. Litteri and Sons, but I haven't seen it there for a while.

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                      Sam B RE: ChewFun Jan 19, 2007 07:11 PM

                      In the case of Prosecco Frizzante, it is actually labelled as such to distinguish it from the standard version.

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                echo eater RE: lactose intolerant cheeselover Jan 19, 2007 04:41 AM

                Other options include a Gruner Veltliner and a white Txakoli....

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                  chow_gal RE: lactose intolerant cheeselover Jan 19, 2007 03:04 PM

                  Txakoli, definitely. Also, a Portuguese vinho verde. Or an Argentine Torrontes.

                  1. Das Ubergeek RE: lactose intolerant cheeselover Jan 19, 2007 03:13 PM

                    Txakoli or vinho verde would be my votes -- you can't believe how refreshing vinho verde is.

                    1. AnneInMpls RE: lactose intolerant cheeselover Jan 19, 2007 05:54 PM

                      Txakoli is lovely - I drank a bottle last night - but I wouldn't call it floral. It seemed quite crisp to me, although not very dry. (It goes perfectly with Cabrales and apples, too!) I had forgotten about the slight fizz, so it surprised me when I poured the first glass. Yummy!

                      I've never had a "fizzy" vinho verde - any recommendations?

                      Anne

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                        Das Ubergeek RE: AnneInMpls Jan 19, 2007 06:19 PM

                        We've had Famega (from Caves da Cerca) and it was ever so slightly fizzy.

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                          kenito799 RE: AnneInMpls Jan 19, 2007 06:29 PM

                          there's a slight fizz to most of the vinho verdes I have tried. Not carbonation like champagne, just some fizziness, a similar level to txacoli. In fact, VV seems very similar to txacoli to me, only at 1/3 the price. Aveleda, Espiral (the $3.99 bottle they were selling at Trader Joe's last summer), Gazela, in my order of preference.

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                          harryharry RE: lactose intolerant cheeselover Jan 19, 2007 06:08 PM

                          There is an Italian White called Fallegro... had it in Boston, it is very lightly frizzante... excellent if you can find it.

                          1. cookie monster RE: lactose intolerant cheeselover Jan 19, 2007 10:53 PM

                            What about sylvaner? Rancho Sisquoc makes one I really like that's available at Whole Foods, at least in the LA area, for about $12.

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                              lactose intolerant cheeselover RE: lactose intolerant cheeselover Jan 20, 2007 03:12 AM

                              Thanks, all. I will do some taste-testing and will report back -

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