N.V. Vin du Bugey-Cerdon ‘La Cueille’ Patrick Bottex


Vin du Bugey-Cerdon is an unusual non-vintage sparkling red wine from the Savoie in eastern France. A blend of 80% Gamay with 20% Poulsard (a local grape), Patrick Bottex’s “La Cueille” is a deep rose in color with a lovely taste of wild strawberries. Ever so slightly sweet, it makes a delightful aperitif, or party wine. And with just 8% alcohol in it, you can feel free to open a bottle for an afternoon dessert fest. Perfect for garden parties. Pair it with strawberry shortcake, cookies and even soft, ripe cheeses.


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Region: Savoie

Price: $18 to $22

Style: Sparkling

Goes with: Shortcake, soft cheeses.

Where you find it: Mission Wines in South Pasadena, (626) 403-9463, www.mission; the Wine Country in Signal Hill, (562) 597-8303; the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, www.winehouse

.com; Wing Hop Fung Ginseng, 725 W. Garvey Ave., Monterey Park (626) 227-1688; www.winghopfung. com.