Food & Drink

Wine of the Month

May 2011

By James Bifferato |

May is a month full of celebrations, from Mother’s Day to graduations, and these wines are perfect for entertaining. Or, keep them on hand for when you finally get a break from the May-hem and are kicking back and relaxing at home.

Cupcake Prosecco: Prosecco is an Italian white sparkling wine usually made from the glera grape. This bright sparkler made in northern Italy, 100% Prosecco, is the perfect accompaniment for any occasion. It offers a lively, fruity nose of peaches and nectarines which persist to the soft, creamy citrus accents that finish with a bubbly burst. Enjoy it with melon wrapped in prosciutto or a fettuccini alfredo.

Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon 2007: A terrific wine that proves you don’t have to spend a fortune for a top-flight Napa Valley Cabernet.  It’s deeply flavored, young wine, with a dark fruit taste, of cassis and blackberries.  Big in tannins, yet very refined, classy mouth-feel and a velvety finish that goes on for days.  This vintage is a classic Napa Valley Cabernet that gets high scores but retails for just $26.99.

Casal Garcia Vinho Verde: A Portuguese wine from the Minho region, the farthest north of the country.  Vinho Verde literally means ‘Green Wine’ which referring to its youthful freshness rather than its color. Almost all Vinho Verde’s have a nice, soft effervescence finish to them which makes them great spring and summer wines. This one in particular is fresh and young with a well-balanced acidity level. This wine is perfect for a Sunday brunch, or to serve with shellfish.

James Bifferato is the manager of The Wine & Spirit Co. of Greenville.