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  • Friday, October 3, 2014

Handsome Brut Sparkling Wine (Niagara) - Wine Review

Tonight's wine is brand spanking new and was very recently launched at the LCBO. Handcrafted by award-winning Angels Gate Winery, I received this sample to try and share my thoughts with all of you. This dry, sparkling wine is available in small quantities throughout the province as part of the LCBO General List.

There is also an interesting mixer cocktail recipe that includes Brandy on the Handsome Brut website, which I will be trying tomorrow. For your convenience, the recipe is also provided at the end of this post.

HANDSOME BRUT - VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada (#395160) (XD) - $24.95

Wine Review of Handsome Brut from VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
Tasting Note:
100% Chardonnay made in the méthode traditionelle style. Cleam lime and citrus nose of medium intensity with leesy, toasty notes on the back end. Mouth-filling with lime, buttered bread, mineral, lees, and a slight hint of sweetness on the palate. Fine mousse, balanced acids, medium-length citrus-tinged finish. Handsome wine that will pair well with Dungeness Crab Curry! Score: 88+ pts

Handsome Brut Old Fashioned Recipe:

  1. Add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar to your glass; sprinkle with 3–6 dashes of bitters.
  2. Pour 1/2 cup of Handsome Brut on top, followed by 1 oz. of Brandy.
  3. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and a lemon slice.
  4. Brood like Don Draper.


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