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Joined on: September 21, 2016


Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco NV
There are better options in this price range
I can't believe I am saying this about a $10 bottle of prosecco, but I feel this is a tad overpriced. There are no notable attributes and it is certainly drinkable--but, then, there are more interesting wines for 20% to 30% less in price. Also, for some reason, I think I get headaches from drinking this prosecco...
Review added on: 2/19/18  [Verified]
Villa Jolanda 'I Love You' Vino Spumante NV
Too sweet
The bottle is super cute--but it is far too sweet to be taken seriously.
Review added on: 2/19/18  [Verified]
Segura Viudas Cava Brut NV
It's definitely not bad, and the bottle design is certainly attractive. But the overall feel is just "meh," without any notable characteristics... But, then, in this price range, that may be a positive attribute. I do find it to be a bit on the inconsistent side, though, and some batches seem noticeably better than others.
Review added on: 2/19/18  [Verified]
Freixenet Blanc de Blanc Brut 750ml
Prefer this to their Cordon Negro
It's similar overall to Yellowtail Bubbles...but with less harsh bubbles. I find it to be very consistent (unlike many other cheap bubblies), and I prefer this Freixenet to its sister product, Cordon Negro, because I somehow feel Blanc de Blanc is more complex and less "in your face" than Cordon Negro.
Review added on: 2/19/18  [Verified]
Great Western Extra Dry NV
REVISED/insonsistent [previously: Support the local business...and it is good, as well.
I am updating my review after my 2nd purchase. I liked this so much previously that I ordered a case...and this batch has been horrible. Every bottle we have opened thus far has been just horrendously sour...like vinegar. I suppose inconsistency is a sign of cheap wine, and I won't be buying again anytime soon [my old review appears below]==This is a safe pick. With so many undertones, it seems to have been made to appeal to a wide range of palates, although I am not entirely sure how I feel about the distinct aftertaste. It is on the "flabby" side--yet it isn't all that smooth. But it is definitely above average in this price range! I buy cases of these for daily use, to give away, etc., mostly because I want to support a local NYS-based business.
Review updated 1/10/18 (originally added on: 12/15/17)  [Verified]
Cooks 'Extra Dry' Extra Dry NV
I'm not picky, but...
At home, I often drink cheap sparkling wine, and I am proud of it! For everyday use, I am not all that picky because I mix it with juice anyhow. Still, this one doesn't quite cut it for me. It feels harsh, rather than sharp or dry, to me, and it leaves an indescribable aftertaste. I don't think it's the complexity of the flavor--it is just an odd aftertaste. The reviews seem very positive, so it may just be my personal preference.
Review added on: 8/11/17  [Verified]
Laurent Perrier 'La Cuvee' Brut Champagne NV
I had this wine on Qantas Airlines, and I liked it enough to make a note of it. It is a bit on the sharper side, but everything else about it is balanced. I usually stock this along w/ Moet, Veuve, etc., and it is nice enough for special occasions.
Review added on: 8/11/17  [Verified]
Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut NV
It's a bargain
I have some friends that drink A LOT of bubblies. When I have them over and know I'll be popping many bottles open, this is one of my go-to sparkling wines/Cava. It's definitely better mixed, but it isn't all that offensive by itself. At this price point, I can't complain.
Review added on: 8/11/17  [Verified]
Moet & Chandon Brut 'Imperial' 750ml
A notch above others in the price range
I think this is probably the best choice for special-enough occasions for middle class folks like myself. It is balanced, and most people would find it pleasant--although I personally feel it leaves a slight "edge" and isn't quite as smooth as some of its counterparts.
Review added on: 8/11/17  [Verified]
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve NV
Entry Feuillatte
I like it. It's a bit on the simpler side w/ the emphasis being the tartness. Some may even find it slightly bitter/sour (and I do, at times, experience some aftertaste), but the bubbles are pretty mild and it's fruity enough--which balances things out nicely.
Review added on: 8/11/17  [Verified]
Veuve du Vernay Brut NV
a good daily sparkling wine
It's light, and it's actually pretty good even without mixing with juice...although I sometimes sense a hint of harsh-ish/bitter-ish undertone. Overall, it's an excellent choice for daily use.
Review updated 8/11/17 (originally added on: 11/10/16)  [Verified]
Yellow Tail 'Bubbles' Sparkling White 750ml
Far, FAR exceeded my expectations. Better than most $80 bottles.
A friend recommended this, so I thought I'd give it a try--and it far, FAR exceeded my expectations. First, let me talk about the downsides. It's on the sweeter side, so if you prefer drier bubblies, then you should keep that in mind. Also, I find the "gas" to be initially a bit harsher than the norm. So, I've learned to "air" it out for a few minutes...or mix with juice. If you're aware of this, I think this would be good for either drinking straight or mixing.Now, the good/remarkable things. It doesn't have a harsh undertone, overbearing aroma or noticeable aftertaste common among most sparkling wines/champagne under, say, the $100 range. I usually drink Veuve, Feuillatte or Chandon in the $50-$70 range, but I find this to be just as pleasant to drink, if not more so, for about 1/10 of the price! I also find the cap to be convenient, as I rarely finish a bottle in one sitting. All in all, unless it's a special occasion that calls for Dom, Salon, etc. or you and/or your company have preference for dry bubblies, I don't think you can go wrong with Yellow Tail Bubbles!
Review updated 8/11/17 (originally added on: 9/24/16)  [Verified]