Sparkling wines from Spain are known as Cavas, from the Catalan word for cave, or cellar. While they are inspired by French champagne and made with the same technique, Cavas are a less complex wine. Lemony and earthy, the wine has less froth than Champagne. Cindy Trahan, wine manager at Champagne's Market, recommends the renowned Segura Viudas Heredad, a Cavas that is creamy and spicy. The custom-made bottle labeled with metal crests and a carved metal base is a find at $20. The Montsarra Cava, $14 from Village Market in River Ranch, is a good buy for the money, with nice citrus notes in a crisp dry wine.
Two of Italy's contributions to the world of bubbly are Prosecco from the Veneto region, and Moscato d'Asti, from the Piedmont, where it is tradition to drink a glass of the young wine at Christmas. Both are fruity wines, delicately sweet and light. Philippe Simon, owner of Philippe's Wine Cellar suggests I Vignaioli Di Santo Stefano, a $19 Moscato in an unusual tall bottle. The De Faveri Prosecco, $16, is a favorite of the ladies of Desperate Housewives as well as the Venetians, who consider it civilized to drink as a pick-me-up in mid-afternoon.
One of the standout sparklers from California is J, $33, from the Russian River Valley. Trahan, Pam Daigle at Village Market, and Pete Stevens from Marcello's Wine Market all recommend J, which they say is in a class with French Champagne. Crisp and toasty, this wine creates events all by itself. A personal favorite, Schramsberg Blanc de Noir, $32, has the heavenly scent of pears. No matter which wine you choose for New Year's Eve, all of them explode with an unmistakable pop ' the sound of celebration.
A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
See which events are taking place during INNOV8 Lafayette this Thursday.
It’s on, y’all. Fest fIND, our annual Festival International de Louisiana reader contest, is now accepting photo submissions.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of a House committee.
Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.
Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
Once again, Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley is focused on an issue that has nothing to do with the educational well-being of our public school children.
Fashion and music make great bedfellows
Producers, manufacturers, restaurants and chefs host roundtable and tasting
After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, April 23, 2014:
Newsy bits for the whole fam
Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Don't forget: our annual Festival International contest begins Thursday! Win. Cool. Stuff.
An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
State bar foundation bestows honor on founder and managing partner of NeunerPate
This Wednesday, April 23, marks the first full day of INNOV8 Lafayette.
National awards recognize outstanding achievement in leadership development and leadership programs
A federal court magistrate has issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines leading up to January’s trial aimed at determining how much money BP will owe in Clean Water Act fines as a result of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The state’s “greedy trial lawyers” haven’t scared this oil giant away.
Local boutique celebrates all things green
It took a few weeks for the pitfalls to emerge in the governor’s $25 billion budget, but the time of judgment has finally arrived.