Thursday, March 29, 2012

Why I love Osborne #375...Swag!!!

To do a little take on one of my favorite Eric Carle children's book..."I open the box and what do I see...Six Osborne champagne glasses looking at me!"  Sorry, but I couldn't help myself!  I got these glasses for "gratis" (translation: free!!!) the last time I paid a visit to the winery...Tiff was a little miffed considering the amount of Osborne wine she purchased over her three years here!  But the Osborne  Gift Shop is a little like being in a Forest Gump movie moment...It's "like a box of never know what you're going to get!"  Wow!  Two pop culture references int he first paragraph...Anyway, their gift shop is more for fun than profits.  That's why it's so fun to go down there...There's always a new promotion or merchandise and if you see something you like, you better buy it because you aren't likely to see it again...When I went down with some friends in February, they were just getting ready to start a promotion on the Ayala Champagne for which they act as a distributor.  They don't produce cava, but they are distributors for wine and spirits from all over the world.  To promote the champagne they sell here in Spain, they were about to start some kind of promotion with these new champagne flutes to be used with Ayala Champagne.  My friends and I didn't buy any bubbly, but we did purchase quite a bit of their higher end wines (high end wine starts at about 15€ here...I will miss the cheap, but good wine in Spain) and as a thank you, she gave each of us a box of 6 glasses...I use mine for cava!
I really like them, because unlike traditional champagne flutes, they don't hit you in the nose.  The have a wider rim and look more like a wine glass, but they have a sharp point where the globe goes into the stem and it really showcases the bubbles in the champagne, cava or sparkling wines...and it's big enough for my new favorite night cap...a single serving bottle of Freixenet Semi Sec Cava!
Here's the wine I bought and my "thank you" gift! 
I tried to get a picture of the rising bubbles, but the cava was so night and cold that it fogged up the glass, but you can see how the glass comes down to a nice point at the bottom of the stem, and as for the'll just have to take my word for it!  Cheers, Ashleigh & Tiffani, The Drinking Girls 

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