A Rosh Hashanah Bubbly

When Congress is in recess, work is usually a little quieter for me.  Not that it isn’t busy, but it’s the normal type of busy that means coming into work at 9, leaving at 5, and feeling like there is the possibility of actually accomplishing most of the things on my to-do list.  Wednesday, though, was not one of those days, despite the fact that we were in recess.  In fact, from the moment I walked in the door, there was a never-ending flow of emails, phone calls, and meetings.  Plus, I had to squeeze it all into a slightly shortened work-day, as I needed enough time to Metro home, grab the car, and head to synagogue in time for the start of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year).

I love this time of year! It’s a chance to reconnect with family and friends.  It’s a chance to reflect on the good and bad aspects of the last year.  And, it holds the promise for what’s to come in the New Year.  The fact that it coincides with the change from Summer to Fall, the start of the school year (although I no longer attend), and harvest time (apples and grapes alike) emphasizes the feeling of new beginnings for me.  That is probably why I look forward to the High Holy Days so much, and it’s certainly why I bought a bottle of kosher bubbly specifically to open on the first night of the new Jewish Year—5772!  What would a New Year’s celebration be without sparkling wine?

Borgo Reale Prosecco.

Borgo Reale Prosecco.

The Borgo Reale Prosecco (winery, snooth) had a pale golden yellow color with a nice, lively bubbles.  On the nose, there were citrus and yeast aromas that were followed by the slightest hint of apple.  In the mouth, there were lemons and apples, with a touch of yeast and nuts.  The sparkly had a light-to-medium body and good acidity.

Is this worth a glass after work? Sure…you won’t be drinking anything out of the ordinary, but you’ll have a decent, reliable glass of wine.  At $18, this Prosecco was a fun way to usher in the New Year.  It paired nicely with the mahi mahi Hubby made to help me celebrate, and continued to be enjoyable as I drank it on its own while knitting and watching to TV later in the night.  The wine was most enjoyable, though, when I combined it with a little OJ to make a mimosa.  All in all, if you’re looking for a kosher sparkling wine, particularly one to bring to a Passover Seder or Rosh Hashanah dinner, this is definitely a bubbly worth checking out.  If you’re just looking for a Prosecco, there are other ones out there in this price range that are just as food friendly and a little more enjoyable.

Question of the Day: What holidays or time of year do you look forward to?

To everyone who is celebrating, may you and yours have a sweet, healthy, and happy 5772!  L’ Shana Tovah!

Price: $18
Purchased at Wine Chateau
Overall: 3 Corks

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