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Chaucer’s

Chaucer’s
Semi-Dry Sparkling Mead

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken

Category: Traditional Mead

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 6.7% RS: 3%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$9
Best Buy

Chaucer’s
Semi-Dry Sparkling Mead

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken

Category: Traditional Mead

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 6.7% RS: 3%
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Spicy aromas of cola nut and spiced apple and peach with a silky, tangy, spritzy, fruity medium body and an even, stimulating, medium-length lemon-lime soda, wintergreen and herb lozenge, clementine, and chalk finish. A fun, lively, somewhat soda-like sparkling mead for carefree enjoyment.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: cola nut and spiced apple and peach
Taste Flavor: lemon-lime soda, wintergreen and herb lozenge, clementine, and chalk
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Tagine, Chicken Kebobs, Chevre
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fun, lively, somewhat soda-like sparkling mead for carefree enjoyment.

The Producer

Bargetto Winery

The Producer
3535 N Main St
Soquel, CA 95073
USA
1 831-475-2258

Traditional Mead

Traditional meads should incorporate only honey as a fermentable ingredient, along with water and of course yeast. They can range in character from dry to semi-sweet to sweet, and may be sparkling or still. While not necessarily “traditional”, they may also be fortified and/or barrel-aged. Whether the honey used is a single varietal or a mixture, it is important for a successful traditional mead to evidence the floral nature of the honey; indeed, it should be the defining characteristic. Some acidity is often desired to balance sweetness, but this is not necessary. Lighter versions may be analogous to white wines of corresponding sweetness/dryness, but should present distinctly honeyed emphasis.