Bubbles of Distinction ~ The high fashion flavors of Iron Horse’s sparkling wines

[I took this picture in New York City a couple of years ago, while working with my friend Delfim Costa of Enoforum Wines, an import company from Portugal that markets delicious Portuguese wines.]

Like fashion for wearing, we’ve entered the fall wine season headed into the holidays for imbibing… The pre-fall fashion show of bubbles and sparkling began in late August for me, having a preview/fashion show of the Iron Horse Vineyards new sparkling wine releases. That’s what it felt like, when I opened my new shipment… It brings me back to when I was on a runway… Yeah, I really was. My kids laugh at me the way I laughed at my grandmother when she’d tell me about “her days.” Joke’s on the kids, I made money.

Meanwhile, as I noted, my preview was brought to me by Iron Horse. I wrote about the winery yesterday. Today I’m focused on the wine show… model bottles all dressed up in their best new designs… Each one a total package.

Enjoy the show…

And, as promised yesterday, this ain’t gonna be your daddy’s wine reviews…


2007 Ocean Reserve: The bridge between Russian River Valley to the Pacific Ocean is but a mere 13 miles… Not a stretch by any imagination, and this delicious wine segues from its traditional line of flowing earthy notes to an exciting new perspective. Creating a wine of social consciousness says so much more than flavors of grapefruit and hazelnuts and toast…


2007 Brut X: Like a model slightly starved for fleshiness, this is a serious uptown wine that hints at being honey-sweet intense when you swirl and sniff its essence, then delivers its tasty flavors of seasonal fruits and nuts, like a September apple and a sliver of toasted almond…


2007 Classic Vintage Brut: Expected distinctiveness that delivers an excellent quality as we’ve come to know of this Brut, touches of ripe, red apples continue to linger on your palate’s memory…


2007 Russian Cuvee: Beautiful and confident, this wine’s stepping out with all of its flavors intact.  It’s an exciting wine that has complex flavors… very gentle earthy notes of truffles… It can be enjoyed in any season, but the fall presents dishes of creamy lobster for a perfect palate blending…


2007 Brut Rosé: The gorgeous combination of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes (63% Pinot and 37% Chard) gives this wine its notes of soft glitz and glitter of yummy plummy fruit, with touches of soft, green lime. As its bubbles rise, I’m reminded of sequins.


2008 Wedding Cuvee: Vera Wang-ish… Interesting and romantic, this wine is dreamy and austere. Bring on the stone fruit and salty nuts, we’re enjoying getting married all over again around here. Hints of raspberries and the energy’s brilliant…


2004 Chinese Year of the Snake Cuvee: Sheer textures of classic and timeless with a modern flair, this wine takes on an annual theme… Break it open for its mysteries revealed… Perfectly shaped symmetry…


1999 Joy: You’re either sitting in the audience, or you’re part of the show… Michael Kors doing the entire catwalk not just popping in for the shy “Hey, how’re you doing?” … Iron Horse is always a show stealer for me. In true judgmental style, “I’d wear that!” ~ Aged to enlightenment, this wine brings all other bubbles together, to wrap up ecstasy. What’ll be in it for you? Flowing, soft and sexy or dramatic, graceful, and sultry. It’s yours for the making during the best of your celebrations. It’s got a great point of view.

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