Wine Tips: Opening Champagne Using a Saber

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Leslie SbroccoMy name is Leslie Sbrocco and I'm the host of Check, Please! Bay Area. Each week, I will be sharing my tasting notes about the wine the guests and I drank on set during the taping of the show. I will also share some wine tips with each episode.

2009 Mark West Pinot Noir, California $12
A must-buy bargain bottle that captures Pinot's elegance and juicy red-berry fruit flavors at a price that will please. Stock up for the holidays to use as a house red or to give as gifts.

2010 Astrolabe
"Voyage" Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough $20

Newly landed on our shores, this unique Kiwi wine delivers a ping of zestiness layered with citrus notes and whisper of fresh herbal aromas. It's a classy Sauvignon Blanc worth seeking out.

Iron Horse "Classic" Vintage Brut, Green Valley of Russian River
Valley, California $34

Iconic bubbly producer Iron Horse is California royalty, crafting world-class wines to rival the best of Champagne, France. Aged for years before release, the Vintage Brut sparkles like a Cartier jewel. Lush, yet lean, focused, and fresh, this is a wine to savor.


Check, Please! Bay Area guests and host on set with wines from episode 612

Wines on set from Check, Please! Bay Area episode 612