White Wine with S. Pellegrino
I've noticed people, ok women, in LA topping off their white wine at parties with S. Pellegrino. One waitress at the Edendale Grill in Silver Lake actually recommended it when they were out of sparkling Rosé.
My stepfather is appalled by this practice and hides his wine when friends are around. Soooo my question is whether drinking white wine with S. Pellegrino is totally gauche and so predictably LA or is this actually normal and been done for ages in Italy?
Your stepfather is damn right! If you want to have San Pellegrino
and white wine, just use 2 different glasses and drink separately.
If the white wine is of high quality, the San Pellegrino will
completely alter the taste. And yes, it is so LA!
Another excellent reason for Northern California to break
away and form its own state,
Tell your stepdad to lighten up! White wine with sparkling water is widely enjoyed in Germany under the name Weißwineschorle, and those carbonation-obssessed teutons are on to something with that combination. Some wines are profound, and should be contemplated and taken seriously. But some wines are tasty, fun, and meant to be enjoyed with a light heart. Mixing wine with sparkling water isn't a great way to appreciate the subtleties of the wine ... but it can be a lovely, tasty, refreshing drink, perfectly adapted to a summer afternoon. So, keep your sparkling water away from my 20-year-old Riesling, but for a young white meant to be drunk this year? Hells yes! So those angelenas are in pretty good company with men and women in Cologne, Berlin, Vienna...