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Do It Again: Yellow Tail’s Reseal Keeps it Bubbling

Posted on: January 5th, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

While often regarded as entry-level wines, you have to hand it to Australia’s Yellow Tail brand to come up with clever packaging ideas.  One of these is their re-sealable approach to sparkling wine using a replaceable stopper.  It just works.

Equipped with a very durable plastic cap, they have taken a standard Champagne-style bottle and “discarded” the traditional cork in favor of a self-sealing plastic cap.  But unlike others’ sometimes dangerous plastic stoppers, this one comes off quickly and easily with just a few twists.  But the real benefit is that Yellow Tail’s stopper easily goes right back in the bottle to tightly contain the sparkling wine, and the CO2 gas that keeps the bubbles alive, for later use.

In fact, their approach uses a stopper that is durable enough to save and even use on other bottles of bubbly for placing them back in the fridge ‘till later.  By pressing a red button in the middle of the cap, it is possible to reset it, push it onto the top of the bottle, and then simply press it down to seal.  When twisting it off to have a drink later on, it releases with a nice “pop”, just to prove that it’s working.

How’s this sparkling wine tasting?  Yellow Tail Bubbles is well behaved and easy-to-drink.  It has a predominant citrus character, mostly with hints of orange, but also with a little lemon-lime.  After a few tastes it became irresistible to use it in a Mimosa.  Because it doesn’t have the bright acidity of other sparklers (more on the creamy side), the acidity in the orange juice is just enough to make an excellent Yellow Tail Mimosa.  Yum, that was really good.

No biggie, just mix it in with orange juice at about 50/50, or whatever suits your taste, and Yellow Tail Bubbles will make a great addition to any brunch.  Just take what you need, seal, and place back in the fridge.  It’s just the ticket when only one or two people ask for a Mimosa along with the repast.

You can order it at BevMo for less than $15.  Be sure to hang onto the stopper when done.  It will surely come in handy at the next wine dinner.

Article by Tom Peiffer, Phoenix Wine Shopping Examiner at Examiner.com

View more of Tom’s articles on Examiner.com by visiting his writer’s page.

About the Author - Tom Peiffer

Tom has been an avid wine consumer and collector for over 20 years. This pastime has taken he and his family on many visits to wine growing regions, including Arizona. During these excursions, with the accompanying tastings and lectures, it became clear that there is no "magic bullet" wine. For each wine contains its own character, strong points, and weaknesses. Sharing these experiences to help anyone purchase locally available wines is his goal.

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