This Weekend's Pick

Wine of the Weekend

Toro Bravo Secco Sparkling White

With all the comings and goings of the holidays, it makes sense to stock up – especially on wine! Many people think (us included) that the best all-round wine to have on hand at this time of year is sparkling. It’s great for making friendly visits a bit more celebratory, handing to the host as you walk in the door, or pouring with a meal. Toro Bravo Secco sparkling wine is our go to, with a gentle bubble, fruity profile and re-sealable top, all without breaking the bank. It’s Vegan friendly too! We’re stocking up.

Tasting Notes: If Cava is Spain’s answer to Champagne, Toro Bravo Secco is Spain’s answer to Prosecco. Like its Italian cousin, this wine is focused on a fruit forward style with a creamy, bubbly mousse and notes of citrus, juicy apple and white peach.

Enjoy With: Spicy seafood appetizers, creamy dishes like scalloped potatoes, roast poultry and light cheeses. It’s also perfect as an apéritif or in a sparkling wine cocktail (one Spritz, please).

Style: A dry, light-bodied sparkling wine, with a lively acidity and balanced touch of sweetness.

Terroir/Region: Toro Bravo Secco comes from the region of Cataluña, Spain, where vineyards are scattered among rocky outcrops across the landscape. Soils here are mineral-rich and the weather is harsh, but these less-favourable elements naturally lower the yield of the vineyards and increase the intensity of the fruit. Not a bad trade-off!

Producer: When the Toro Bravo team took on sparkling wine, they couldn’t just follow the norms. As a blend of 50% Macabeo, 30% Parellada, and 20% Xarel-lo, they could have made Cava like their neighbours, but they chose the Charmat method – the same as Prosecco – for a fruitier style. Where most producers use cork, Toro Bravo Secco uses a specially made screw cap so you can lock in the bubbles for the next day, or the day after that, or the day after that…

Availability: Toro Bravo Secco sparkling wine is available in the Sparkling Wine section of your local LCBO and for online purchase. Spain’s answer to Prosecco is waiting for you!

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Price: $11.95

LCBO #: 16191

Size: 750 mL

Alcohol Content: 11% alc./vol.