Have you ever noticed that after unpacking from a trip, you make a discovery that you over looked at first. That is what happened the other day. My Bride did her annual business trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, again this time without me, and I had to hear her tell me of the restaurants that she stopped by on her circuitous route. She got a chance to dine at some of the restaurants that we had visited in the past, and though she ate well, there is just something that is ungratifying about dining alone.
While she was up there she had a chance to enjoy some wines by the glass, along with her dinner, if she was in an establishment that had a decent wine list, otherwise I am sure that she just had a Dewar’s and soda, yes she can be pretty tough when she is thirsty. She always tries to make this trip before the dreaded “black fly” season occurs. I have to admit that my Bride is much more frugal about wine when she is by herself, then if I go with her. I guess that I am a bad influence on her and on our wallet as well, but there is always that wine that sounds interesting, and it always seems to be sold only by the bottle.
In her travels she found a little four pack of wine that she could chill each night, while she was making her notes from her day of business and she could have a chance to unwind. This trip that she makes is nothing but non-stop driving and that does take a toll on any individual. The wine was Anna Spinato Prosecco NV DOC, that was sold in a cardboard four pack of mini bottles and I guess they were marketing the wine for women, as there was only a depiction of a woman in a dress on the carton. The varietal is now referred to as Prosecco, but it was called Glera originally. This wine is produced by the Azienda Vinicola Winery and they are predominately in the prosecco business, but they do offer some other wines as well. Even the bottles were colorful as they had a special wrapper around the entire bottle that according to the their web site offers a low capacity of thermal conductivity protecting the wine from atmospheric changes and keeps the bottle from breaking, as it keeps all the shards intact in case of an accident. This mini-bottle is designed to offer two glasses of wine and since there was two bottles left, I took it upon myself to try a bottle. This task was done strictly in the interest in writing this article. The color was good, the bubbles were almost non-existent and the wine was a poor cousin to what a good bottle of Prosecco should taste like. For eleven dollars for the four pack, it was fine, though I find that the small bottles of any sparkling wine can be flat compared to a regular size bottle of the same wine.