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White with a little bit of fizz

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

    1. 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. 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.

        1. 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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          1. re: ChewFun

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

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              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.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                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.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  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

                  1. re: Sam B

                    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.

                    1. re: ChewFun

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

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

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

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

                    1. 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?


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                      1. re: AnneInMpls

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

                        1. re: AnneInMpls

                          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.

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

                          1. 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.

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