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D A has been a customer since Sep 2016

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Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco NV image
THERE ARE BETTER OPTIONS IN THIS PRICE RANGE
Posted Feb 19, 2018[Verified]

"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..."

Villa Jolanda 'I Love You' Vino Spumante NV image
TOO SWEET
Posted Feb 19, 2018[Verified]

"The bottle is super cute--but it is far too sweet to be taken seriously."

Segura Viudas Cava Brut NV image
MEH...
Posted Feb 19, 2018[Verified]

"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."

Freixenet Blanc de Blanc Brut 750ml image
PREFER THIS TO THEIR CORDON NEGRO
Posted Feb 19, 2018[Verified]

"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."

Great Western Extra Dry NV image
REVISED/INSONSISTENT [PREVIOUSLY: SUPPORT THE LOCAL BUSINESS...AND IT IS GOOD, AS WELL.
Posted Dec 15, 2017[Verified]

"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."

Cooks 'Extra Dry' Sparkling NV image
I'M NOT PICKY, BUT...
Posted Aug 11, 2017[Verified]

"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."

Laurent Perrier 'La Cuvee' Brut Champagne NV image
WELL-BALANCED
Posted Aug 11, 2017[Verified]

"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."

Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut NV image
IT'S A BARGAIN
Posted Aug 11, 2017[Verified]

"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."

Moet & Chandon Brut 'Imperial' 750ml image
A NOTCH ABOVE OTHERS IN THE PRICE RANGE
Posted Aug 11, 2017[Verified]

"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."

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve NV image
ENTRY FEUILLATTE
Posted Aug 11, 2017[Verified]

"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."

Veuve du Vernay Brut NV image
A GOOD DAILY SPARKLING WINE
Posted Nov 10, 2016[Verified]

"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."

Yellow Tail 'Bubbles' Sparkling White 750ml image
FAR, FAR EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS. BETTER THAN MOST $80 BOTTLES.
Posted Sep 24, 2016[Verified]

"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!"