Review of "Martini Asti Spumante"

published 12/11/2009 | oldchem
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Martini Rossi Asti Spumante

Martini Rossi Asti Spumante

Martini Rossi Asti Spumante

I have to admit that love this stuff. There really isn't any other way to say it!
I have been a fan of Martini Rossi Asti Spumante for years, and while I know there one cannot compare this to a vintage Champagne, I just love letting those little bubbles tickle my nose, and to watch them just dance up the sides of a champagne flute.

This is often the drink served to the guests at weddings when the top table have Champagne!!

Now don't get me wrong, I adore Champagne, as I do usually prefer a very dry wine, but there are times when this slightly sweeter wine just hits the spot.

Produced in the Piedmont region of Italy, Martini Rossi Asti Spumante is one of the more affordable Italian sparkling wines .

It is popular with people who do not normally drink wine, and makes a great choice when you want something a little sweeter and/or something for celebratory purposes and want a sparkling wine that almost everyone will find agreeable

Martini Rossi Asti Spumante has a pale yellowish colour, similar to white wine. The body of this sparkling wine is bubbly and it even produces a frothy head of foam at first, which eventually subsides, if I've poured it usually after its gone all over the table.(Not a pretty sight watching Oldchem lick up the wine!!)

The nose of Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante is oaky with a touch of fruit.

This is a sweeter sparkling wine with a taste that combines apple, pear, grape, and a touch of honey. It is generally light in body and the aftertaste is light pear and sugar.

Made from Moscato grapes, Martini Rossi Asti Spumante has 80 calories in a four- ounce serving. There is no protein or fat and only 1.6 grams of carbs in this standard four ounce serving. The alcohol content of this sparkling wine is 7.5 percent by volume.

Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante has been around for a while and it ranks among the first sparkling wines I ever tried. Many mistakenly refer to Martini Rossi Asti Spumante as champagne due to its bubbly nature but one has to remember that the only wine products that can be officially called champagne are those produced in the Champagne region of France.

Other products- even those that taste similar to a French Champagne- are officially classified as sparkling wine and Martini Rossi Asti Spumante is one of the better- known wines in its class, with a taste that makes it suitable for celebrations; for drinking with certain sweet foods, fruits, or salads; or for sipping and enjoying on a warm summer day.

The main reason for Martini Rossi Asti Spumante's popularity with the public is its light, yet sweet taste and its lack of much acidity. Medium dry and extra dry sparkling wines are often quite acidic and they are sometimes quite harsh in the finish.

This wine is smoother than the others, thanks to its lowered acid level and its reduced alcohol level. At 7.5 percent alcohol by volume, Martini Rossi Asti Spumante is only slightly stronger than most beer. There is a very slight bite in the finish to remind you that this is an alcoholic beverage. But this bite fades quickly, leaving a sweet aftertaste behind and a sweet, fruity coating on the lips.

One other nice quality of Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante is its versatility. Most everyone who purchases this sparkling wine buys it for a birthday party, wedding, anniversary, or some other event of celebration and most people drink it straight- up, poured right from the bottle. However, due to its sweetness and relative lightness when compared to other wine, it is one of the few wine products that can be used to make mixed drinks. IIt is good for a Buck's Fizz type drink with orange juice and I have also seen it used as one of the ingredients in a wine fruit punch that includes dry vermouth, oranges,etc.

The wine comes in a dark green bottle and it uses a real cork- not the plastic cork found in many of the cheaper sparkling wines. One disadvantage of the type of cork is that the cork quickly expands when popped, making it difficult if not impossible to re- cork the bottle for storage. Most people generally do not find this a problem, because they intend to consume the full bottle once opened- so , what a tragedy you need to drink it all!

A little tip here, if you put a teaspoon,handle down in the neck of the bottle it stops the wine losing its fizz.

Martini Rossi Asti Spumante is a tasty sparkling wine that is sweet, but not too sweet and light, but not too light.

It is slightly more expensive (Sells for about £5 - £6 for a 750 ml bottle) than other sparkling spumante wines, but Martini Rossi Asti Spumante offers a better taste than the less expensive brands and it makes a good choice for those who do not normally like wine but want something bubbly to enjoy during a celebration or special event but doon't want to go to the expense of champagne.

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  • catsholiday published 12/11/2009
    I like this too!
  • Minha published 12/11/2009
    I have to admit that I actually PREFER this to Champagne! Hazel xx
  • SusanLesley published 12/11/2009
    I remember when I was young that mom and dad always used to have a bottle of this with Christmas dinner, Susan
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Manufacturer: Martini, Martini Rossi

EAN: 8000570005056


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