With the holiday season comes the sparkling wines. True, I do enjoy a variety of sparklers during the summer months (when they show their best, to me at least), but the end of the year - the celebration of getting through yet another one mostly unscathed, we hope - is the traditional "Champagne" season.
Fresh & Easy offers more than a few sparklers, and I plan to drink many of them. (At your implied behest, of course). This Spumante from Ogio is not a Champagne, as the Champagne advocates will not hesitate to tell you (sometimes in court). I stipulate the point, but the Champagne folks can get a bit pedantic.
But back to the bottle at hand. This is a nice, somewhat innocuous sparkling wine. There's a bit of citrus on the nose and the palate is pleasant balance of lemon zest and peachy sweetness. I should mention that the "Extra Dry" designation means that the wine is a bit off-dry (i.e. sweet). Blame the French for the confusion. All in all, a pleasing, simple confection, well-suited for the role of aperitif.
Total value: 11/15